Startup Weekend Columbus: Health Edition

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Columbus: Health Edition

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

2 Miranova Pl
Columbus, OH 43215

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Ever wonder what it takes to start a health startup?

On November 20-22, Startup Weekend Columbus is taking part in the Global Startup Battle, a worldwide competition to pull off the best themed Startup Weekend yet! We're ready to show what Columbus is made of when it comes to health innovation, so we're channeling our community's expertise into Ohio’s first Startup Weekend: Health.
Come ready to hack on any of these verticals:
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Wearables (biometrics, fitness, etc.)
  • Healthcare IT (electronic medical records, electronic scheduling, etc.)
  • Medical Devices
  • Healthcare data/ B.I. innovations
  • Pharma/Life Sciences
  • Payer/Insurer technology
  • Consumer Health Apps
  • …or any other health-related vertical!
Anyone and everyone has something to contribute to Startup Weekend: Health. Just bring your curiosity and enthusiasm for health innovation, and we'll take care of the rest!

What’s in it for you?

At Startup Weekend: Health, you’ll get to work alongside some of the top entrepreneurs, designers, coders, and innovators in Central Ohio. You’ll also get the chance to meet and learn from Doug Ulman, CEO of Pelotonia and former CEO of LIVESTRONG. (And, of course, you’ll get plenty of food and swag throughout the weekend.)

Attendees will receive:
  • Sweet workspace at CoverMyMeds for the weekend
  • Invaluable access to a community of world class entrepreneurs and mentors
  • 3 dinners, 2 lunches, 2 breakfasts
  • A sweet t-shirt
  • Introductory yoga session to start your Saturday morning right
  • All the coffee, soda, energy drinks, and water you could ever need
  • An amazing experience and chance to get a taste of the startup world

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Friday November 20th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking Happy Hour
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants. Happy Hour courtesy of Gordon Biersch!

6:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 21st

9:00 am
We're embracing our health theme to the max - start your day off right with a morning yoga session courtesy of certified yoga instructor (and CoverMyMeds employee) Caitlin Graham.

9:15 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

11:00 am
Coaches Arrive
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:00 pm
Dinner + Speaker
Join us for dinner and a fireside chat with Doug Ulman, President / CEO at Pelotonia

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 22nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Check-In and Coaches
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Doug Ulman
President / CEO at Pelotonia

In his role as president and chief executive officer, Doug Ulman oversees the strategic vision and direction of Pelotonia and also serves as an advisor to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

Doug is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year of college and malignant melanoma twice since, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, educating and connecting young adults, their families and friends, who are affected by cancer. He served as executive director of the organization for four years before joining the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 2001 as director of survivorship. He went on to lead LIVESTRONG as president and chief executive officer for seven years before joining Pelotonia in 2014.

During his time at the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Doug helped transform the nonprofit into an internationally-known brand and leader in the global movement for people affected by cancer. Doug has earned a reputation as the “Most Savvy Health Care Leader in Social Media” for his innovative use of social media to spread awareness and knowledge around the world’s leading cause of death. His online community includes a Twitter following of more than one million.

Doug currently holds numerous civic and charitable board positions for organizations such as the Union for International Cancer Control, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids and C-Change. He also sits on the advisory board for Provectus Pharmaceuticals and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Doug served for four years as the Chairman of the National Cancer Institute Director’s Consumer Liaison Group. 

In his spare time, Doug enjoys traveling, reading, playing golf and running. He has participated in 14 marathons, including a 100-mile ultramarathon in the Himalayan Mountains, and recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. Most importantly, Doug enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Ryan Frederick
Principal, AWH & Director, Startup Grind Columbus & Director, i.c.Stars | * Columbus

I have had the privilege of helping many companies grow their sales, revenues, market share, and profitability. I have worked with companies across a variety of industries and of all shapes and sizes. I have helped startups grow from inception, to viability, through to sustainability. I have also helped to establish multi-national companies to improve and grow.

Dan Rockwell
CEO, Big Kitty Labs

Dan is a startup-launching engine that keeps big kitty purring by applying his passion for helping businesses leverage their technology to provide a superior experience for their customers. He is a regular speaker and mentor at Startup Weekend Columbus, hosts and organizes the monthly Wakeup Startup series, and fuels innovation at The Ohio State University.

Event Judges

Alex Frommeyer
Founder and CEO, Beam Technologies

Alex Frommeyer is the Co-founder and CEO of Beam Dental, a dental benefits company that offers employers a fundamentally unique approach to dental coverage by incorporating hygiene behavior into policy pricing. He has two engineering degrees from the University of Louisville's Speed School of Engineering, where he graduated magna cum laude and founded his first company in 2010.

Chris Rockwell
Founder, President and CEO of Lextant

Chris is the founder of Lextant, a user experience consultancy dedicated to informing and inspiring design through a deep understanding of people, their experiences and their aspirations. Lextant’s experienced team of design research and user-experience professionals have provided this clarity for design innovation in such diverse domains as consumer package goods, health care systems, durable goods, retail apparel, consumer electronics, and information technology systems.

Chris grew up with a passion to understand how the things we “make” affect how we work, live, and play. At the early age of 16, he was conducting research programs to explore technology design and driver behavior for pay-at-the-pump systems, steering controls, and entertainment systems. After completing his Masters in Human Factors Engineering at Virginia Tech., Chris joined Hewlett-Packard where he spent 6 years developing and honing user-centered design methodologies.

With a vision for design research at the heart of innovation, Chris formed Lextant and led the development of immersive research methods and translation strategies to identify and clarify opportunities for product, retail, brand and interactive design programs. His contextual, ethnographic, participatory, and modeling frameworks have helped clients such as Microsoft, P&G, Motorola, Whirlpool, American Eagle, Cardinal Health, Johnson & Johnson and others deliver products and solutions aligned with the emotional, behavioral, and experiential needs of their customers.

A frequent speaker and thought leader, Chris was recently named adjunct faculty at The Ohio State University. He is currently Chair-Elect on the Advisory Board for Virginia Tech’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

Michelle Brown
VP Operations at CoverMyMeds

Michelle joined CoverMyMeds in 2008 as VP of Operations responsible for pharmacy, health system, and pharmaceutical account management teams as well as user support and customer retention. She also holds a leadership role in partner integrations.

Michelle’s career has focused on high-growth companies primarily in healthcare and technology. Prior to CoverMyMeds, Michelle spent several years driving start-up growth with Into Great, and served as VP of Operations for ExpressMed, a high-growth HME provider, where she was responsible for customer service, billing, distribution, marketing and all acquisition integrations.

David Geiger
Vice President Business Development, CrossChx

David is a strategic business development and marketing entrepreneur with over 14 years of healthcare experience. Prior to CrossChx, David co-founded ePAY Healthcare and served in leadership, marketing, and business development roles with startup and Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and Black & Decker. Actively involved in Columbus, Ohio’s startup ecosystem, David volunteers as a mentor for 10Xelerator, Founders Factory, and Startup Weekend. David attended business school at Butler University and is a graduate of The Ohio State University Fisher College of Business.

Coaches and Mentors

Matt Scantland
Co-Founder and CEO at CoverMyMeds

Matt Scantland is CEO and Co-Founder of CoverMyMeds, the nation’s largest electronic prior authorization platform.
As CEO, Matt is responsible for overall company leadership and growth. He brings a product and technology perspective to the management team, and helps drive the company’s innovation strategy. Matt also is a member of the Company’s Board of Directors.

Matt and Co-Founder Sam Rajan started CoverMyMeds to help patients get the medications they need to live healthier lives. Through its innovative products and partnerships with the nation’s largest health plans, pharmacies, providers, and clinical systems, CoverMyMeds helps millions of patients access their needed medications each month.

Prior to co-founding CoverMyMeds, Matt was Co-Founder and President of a software development company in Columbus that served large healthcare companies. Matt is active in Columbus’ business, civic, and technology communities, and is an enthusiastic supporter of the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem in Columbus.

Alan Gilbert
VP of Engineering, CoverMyMeds

Alan joined CoverMyMeds in 2012 as Vice President of Engineering, responsible for all technical activities, product development and product management. Alan has spent most of his career building and nurturing high-performing engineering teams that allow exceptional people to reach their potential and accomplish great things. Still an engineer at heart, he has been developing and commercializing medical devices and software for more than 25 years, holding positions at IBM, DuPont, Codonics, and CoverMyMeds. He has served on or led teams that brought dozens of medical products to market in more than 100 countries and holds several patents. Alan also volunteers at hack-a-thons, and has served on technology transfer committees at Case Western Reserve University and The Ohio State University.

Bill Dunlevy
Member Board of Directors at BioOhio

Most recently, Bill was the Vice President and General Manager for the Consumer, Industrial and Medical Business Unit at Battelle, the world’s largest independent R&D organization. He joined Battelle in 2008 as the Vice President of Medical Devices and added the Biopharma business three years later. A native Ohioan, Bill has spent his entire career in healthcare, initially working as an ICU Registered Nurse for five years. After business school, he started a 25+ year career in medtech and biopharma with leadership roles in sales, marketing, strategy and general management with Roche Diagnostics, Smiths Medical, Respironics/Philips Healthcare, Karmel Medical (an Israel-based start up) and eight years with Hill-Rom prior to joining Battelle. He holds degrees from: Anderson University, AS Nursing; Monmouth University, BS Business Management; and Capital University, MBA.- See more at:

Dr. Philip Payne
Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University (OSU)

Dr. Payne is Professor and Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University (OSU). He is also the inaugural Director of Translational Data Analytics @ OSU, a campus-wide program to create a singular presence in data analytics at The Ohio State University. He holds additional positions as an Adjunct Professor of Health Services Management and Policy within the OSU College of Public Health, Associate Director for Data Science within the OSU Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and Co-Director of the Bioinformatics Shared Resources within the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). Dr. Payne is an internationally recognized leader in the field of clinical research informatics (CRI) and translational bioinformatics (TBI), and leads the Department of Biomedical Informatics Laboratory for Knowledge Based Applications and Systems Engineering (KBASE).

Amul Tevar
OSU-Battelle Joint Appointee Faculty Staff

Dr. Amul Tevar is currently a joint appointee between Ohio State University’s College of Engineering and Battelle Memorial Institute. He was previously a Dept. of Energy ARPA-E Fellow where he helped to launch programs in energy storage control systems, wearable HVAC, the energy-water nexus and other emerging energy areas. Dr. Tevar received a PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University where he helped to invent new, low-cost sodium batteries that are now in commercial deployment for stationary energy storage. He also holds a Masters in Public Health Epidemiology with an infectious disease focus from the University of Illinois-Chicago. His Bachelor’s was in Materials Science & Engineering from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a senior thesis focused on porosity control of implantable bioceramics. He has worked for a medical device startup and helped to run a drug study.

Calvin Cooper
Director at NCT Ventures

Calvin is a Director at NCT Ventures and focuses on identifying and evaluating new investment opportunities. He specializes in raising capital, market research and intelligence, due diligence, and portfolio management. Prior to joining the NCT family, Calvin served in an executive role at OMSDC where he conducted the merger due diligence and integration of two regional organizations. He has experience in supplier diversity and business development, connecting diverse owned companies to Fortune 500 corporations. He also founded and launched the MBE Academy in partnership with the City of Columbus. Additionally, he has public relations and marketing experience that includes creating and publishing the Connections Magazine, government affairs, strategic marketing, and branding initiatives. Calvin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Capital University in Financial Economics and has presented economic research at national conferences.

Stephanie Preston
Lead Medical Security Engineer

Ms. Preston is Lead Security Engineer for Battelle DeviceSecure™ Services. She has expertise in firmware reverse engineering (x86, x86_64, MIPS, 8051), penetration testing, application fuzzing, as well as application development (C/C++). Ms. Preston contributed to the IEEE guidelines for security in medical device software development and production, a step toward industry standards that will systematically secure medical devices. Ms. Preston is a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in the state of Ohio, and a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). She has been published and widely quoted on medical cybersecurity topics in Journal of mHealth, MedDeviceOnline, MD+DI, FDANews, and Reuters, and has spoken at events for MassMEDIC and AdvaMed. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Ohio State University College of Computer Engineering.

Reade Harpham
Director, Human Centric Design

Reade Harpham leads an eclectic group of industrial designers, human factors engineers, cognitive psychologists, information designers and prototyping experts at Battelle, a highly technical organization. Their purpose is to understand end user needs and assure they are integrated across the entire development activity. Reade has more than 15 years of experience ranging from pharmaceutical and medical devices to consumer electronics and conceptual studies for the U.S. military. His team is responsible for human factors studies to meet regulatory requirements for FDA submissions.  In 2013, Reade was named a Battelle “Distinguished Inventor.”

Brian Begg
Attorney, Bricker & Eckler LLP

Brian Begg is a member of Bricker & Eckler’s Business, Tax & Estates group whose practice focuses on commercial corporate transactions; mergers and acquisitions; securities law and other corporate compliance issues faced by his closely held private company clients. Brian provides counsel to small cap and middle market companies to assist them through all stages of their business life cycle. His work with start-up companies ranges from business and capital formation to growth and exit strategy planning and execution. Brian is also a certified public accountant.

Web Smith
E-Commerce, Platform, Brand at Uncrate

Startups only, since 2008. A creative strategist in the digital marketing space who just so happens to have a knack for tech, sports, and fashion.

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Kevin Mack
Chief Experience Officer for BYBE

Kevin is the Chief Experience Officer for BYBE where he focuses on strategy, branding, and creative solutions for their customers. His background includes creating user experiences around web interfaces and the crafting of large-scaling websites and applications. Kevin is the co-founder and organizer of The Columbus Web Group where he actively participates in growing and educating the community around design, development, best practices and standards for the web. You can find him on Twitter (@nicetransition), YouTube (, CodePen (, or GitHub (

Sean Barnett
President & Medical Director

Dr. Barnett is currently serves as Chief Medical Officer of Kaleidoscope Inc. and the President and Medical Director of Ascend Innovations, a health care venture builder formed through a collaboration between Kaleidoscope and the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association, partnering with the United States Air Force Research Laboratories. He has obtained degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Anatomy, and Medicine and completed formal medical training in adult general surgery, surgical infectious disease, and general and thoracic pediatric surgery. Sean is also board certified in both Adult and Pediatric General and Thoracic surgery, maintains an active pediatric surgery practice, and serves as an Associate Professor of Surgery at the Boonshoft School of Medicine. 

Shreyan Poudyal
Offering Manager - Value Based Care, IBM Watson Health

Shreyan is passionate about using technology to make better business decisions and improve overall efficiency. In his current role, he is responsible for the design and delivery of different analytic solutions aimed at helping providers better understand and manage risk as they move towards a new reimbursement system that is based on value rather than volume. Shreyan brings forth his experience in consulting, marketing and product development to implement solutions for customers, and utilize the cognitive power of the IBM Watson ecosystem to further enhance value for customers. Prior to Explorys, Shreyan worked within the healthcare consulting space for McKinsey & Co. and Arcadia Healthcare Solutions, and he also has experience in the startup scene, having worked as the Chief Marketing Officer for Pricing Nation, a startup providing predictive analytics for the real estate industry. He is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, and holds BA, BE and MEM degrees from Dartmouth College.

Mark Shary

Mark is a director and/or founder of several of central Ohio’s fastest growing and most innovative technology companies.  Over the past half-dozen years, he has been instrumental in the creation, growth, funding, and human capital development of: Updox, SafeWhite, GradLeaders,, Vantage Point Logistics, and InfoMotion.   Mark also serves on the boards of Rev1 Ventures, InnerApps, and Huntington Mutual Funds.  He began his career in technology as the founder of HUBLink, which became the global leader in hospital systems connectivity and is now the healthcare clinical connectivity division of Infor.   Mark also co-founded a non-profit, Rebuilding Together Central Ohio, that for 25 years has annually restored 20-30 homes owned by indigent seniors.  And, he has served as interim CEO of three software companies.  Mark is a CPA, and a graduate from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza School of Business.

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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Columbus is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Jay
  • Suzy
  • Steve
  • Louisa
  • Clayton
  • Kristin
  • Matthew
  • Lucas
    La Tour


Jay Clouse
Founder, Unreal Collective

I am a writer, entrepreneur, and community builder. After discovering the power of small groups of driven individuals who meet regularly to make rapid progress, I founded Unreal Collective. Unreal Collective creates micro-communities to help individuals accomplish more, faster. 

Previously, I spent several years in tech startups as COO of a ticket exchange called Tixers (sold in 2015) and a product manager at CrossChx, a healthcare startup. Now, I serve as a Create Columbus Commissioner and Facilitator of Startup Weekend. The Create Columbus Commission exists to advocate for young professionals to the city officials in Columbus, Ohio. Startup Weekend is a 54-hour community event that teaches individuals how to conceptualize, build, and launch a startup company. 

My mission is to help and empower others to achieve more through community. With a love for music, I am exploring the intersection between entrepreneurship and the arts. I once bought 500 Startups founder Dave McClure a beer and he said that my pitch “didn’t completely suck.”

I write a daily newsletter on life, learning, and personal growth at

Suzy Bureau

The ebullient Suzy Bureau (as she was referred to in TechCrunch) hails from Columbus, Ohio USA and is dedicated to building communities – locally & globally: from facilitating Startup Weekends in Mexico, Ireland and across the US, representing the US alongside delegates from 100+ other countries at Global Startup Youth in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to facilitating the invite-only Startup Extreme conference in Norway. 

She honed her technology & startup chops as the first product employee at CoverMyMeds, an HIT startup that grew to be Ohio’s first unicorn acquisition. 

Now, Suzy is focused full-time on bridging the gap between technology, social impact and sustainable entrepreneurship through the organization she founded, GiveBackHack. GiveBackHack starts with a weekend event pulling top hackathon participants together and continues throughout the year in communities to create lasting social enterprise.

Recently, Suzy was named the first “Create Columbus Visionary” by Columbus City Council and the Create Columbus Commission.

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