Boulder Health Tech Startup Weekend
Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Friday, November 15 - 17, 2019
Event starts at 6:00 pm
2060 Broadway B1
You have 54 hours to redesign healthcare
No doubt, healthcare is a complex hairball. It’s entrenched with behemoths who hold onto the status quo. It’s fraught with hidden middlemen and a regulatory landscape riddled with land mines. In short, healthcare is ripe for disruption. This is where you come in. You will dream up ways to more efficiently deliver care, come up with a more ideal patient experience, and figure out how to add value beyond healthcare today. ...well, as much you and your team can do in 54 hours.
At Boulder Health Tech Startup Weekend, you’ll find a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.
Who should participate?
In short - everyone! It doesn't matter what you do or where you come from. If you're interested in entrepreneurship, Startup Weekend LI is the place for you. Startup Weekend brings together all types of people including designers, developers, creatives, business people, healthcare providers, doctors, nurses, and more.
What happens at Startup Weekend?
On Friday night, you'll pitch your own idea and/or listen to others. Everyone then votes on the most interesting ideas and form teams.
On Saturday, you'll work with top mentors and coaches to refine your idea and get customer feedback. Don't freak out when all your ideas go out the window and you're forced to pivot. That's what a real startup is like.
On Sunday, you'll learn how to create a million dollar pitch. It all comes together that night when you and your team present your work to a panel of judges including top VCs, business people, and community leaders.
While it's not required that you pitch an idea on Friday night, it's highly encouraged. Half the fun of Startup Weekend is getting out of your comfort zone and doing something that makes you a little bit nervous. Also, while you can come with friends, you’ll have the best experience if you participate in separate teams and on different ideas.
The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve has to be something completely new. It can't be something that you have already worked on. Startup Weekend is all about constant and rapid iteration and figuring out what problems customers are facing. If you already have a fully baked idea/business, you can't change quick enough and it won't be any fun for you or the other participants. But don't worry - Startup Weekend is great for current founders, too. The skills that you learn and the people that you meet at Startup Weekend can easily be applied to your current startup.
- Get introduced to the world of startups and entrepreneurship
- Learn the process for going from concept to creation
- Meet experienced, talented, and passionate entrepreneurs including mentors in Health + Tech
- Build a new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world
- Get one-on-one time with amazing mentors
- Receive special benefits and discounts from our global partners
- Eat 7 delicious and nutritious meals along with unlimited snacks and coffee
Friday November 15th
Saturday November 16th
Sunday November 17th
Rachel has expertise in the clinical, operational, and technological implementation of tele-based modes of care delivery. She specializes in Medicaid-focused services, and has worked with numerous provider organizations to successfully design, implement and maintain virtual care programs in various urban and rural settings including payer, managed care, primary care, community mental health center, and residential. She also has expertise in the Medicaid payer and managed care space, and her work has given her an in-depth understanding of how health care ecosystems and stakeholders work together across the spectrum, along with insight into successful strategies for navigating complex, multi-organizational environments from the macro to the granular.
Rachel is interested in the variations and commonalities of how some of today’s most complex healthcare challenges are experienced across the continuum of care. She believes healthcare is a human right, and is passionate about serving the underserved.
Coaches and Mentors
Bob is a lifelong leader. Coming from a long line of senior military officers, he completed his BS in Engineering at West Point, served five years as an Infantry Officer, and received an honorable discharge at the rank of Captain. His passion for technology led him to manufacturing, sales and marketing management positions at Texas Instruments while also pursuing his MBA.
Through his time at Texas Instruments, Bob began a long relationship with business and emerging technology. Over multiple executive roles including President and CEO of eight (8) startups, he has gained some 40 years’ experience leading teams, developing startup companies, raising capital, and so much more.
The list of companies and accomplishments is long and broad, each with their own success stories. Some of the highlights include:
• Full overhaul of Blockchain related firm, KeepKey (ShapeShift company), rebuilding the team, distribution channels, engineering, marketing, etc. - building from zero revenue to $20 million annual run-rate in just five months.
• Closed two $250,000 Colorado OEDIT AI grants as CEO of RxAssurance and BASic 3C.
• Obtained $760,000 in funding for RxAssurance Corporation as Founder and CEO.
• Raising over $30 Million in investments from venture capital, angels, strategic partners, governments and foundations as well as forming key relationships and developing state of the art products with multiple startup companies.
This is but a small selection of Bob’s high-level accomplishments. His lengthy history as a leader makes him an excellent fit for CanopyBoulder - but it’s about far more than his resume. His experience across different technically oriented companies has only taken this interest that much farther… And today he’s a driving force in Canopy Boulder’s mission to help companies understand and successfully implement next generation technologies in the cannabis space.
Working with ShapeShift to rebuild KeepKey introduced Bob to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency, bringing him into yet another world of emerging technology with tremendous potential. This adds to the already long list of tech industries he has overseen, including SaaS-based digital healthcare, medical instrumentation, advanced materials, semiconductors, and enterprise infrastructure.
Not only is Bob directly familiar with how these diverse technologies operate on a technical level, he’s also been on the business side, organizing teams, developing marketing strategies, and finding ways to bring these complex ideas to investors and customers in an accessible way.
Bob’s broad experience with U.S. and international markets - particularly in Europe, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, and South Korea - will help with companies within the CanopyBoulder program with their potential global vision, which requires a nuanced approach to diversity and cultural differences.
Sumanth is an entrepreneur, technology executive, and investor. He loves to work on globally impactful innovations that deliver market-based returns.
Event Sponsors, and Partners
The Boulder Health Tech Startup Weekend team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
Learn how to become a sponsor here.
Techstars Startup Weekend Boulder is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here
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