Startup Weekend Health Philadelphia

    Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

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  3. Judges
  4. Coaches and Mentors
  5. Sponsors
  6. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Health Philadelphia

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015

Friday, April 17 - 19, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

417 N. 8th Street
Suite 201
Philadelphia, PA 19123

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Have you ever had an idea for improving health care?

Startup Weekend Health Philadelphia is your opportunity to transform your health care ideas into action in 54 hours.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas and then it's a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

You do not need to be a designer, coder, or even a healthcare professional to join - the only requirements are curiosity and your passion for making the world a better place. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!

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Friday April 17th

6:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in

7:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:20 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 April 18th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
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!

6:30 pm

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 April 19th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

1:00 pm

4:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:00 pm
Judging & Awards

8:00 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Jodie Sweitzer
DreamIT Ventures

Jodie is the Head of Recruiting for DreamIt Ventures, a startup accelerator that provides aspiring entrepreneurs with seed funding, hand-selected mentors for each individual portfolio company, access to industry specific resources and potential customers, hands-on support from DreamIt’s distinguished management team, and the opportunity to present to a room full of investors on Demo Day. Before DreamIt, Jodie spent three years building The Whistle Sports Network, a successful multi-platform sports media startup for millennials. Jodie helped grow Whistle Sports into the largest sports-focused Multi-Channel Network on YouTube and partnerships with professional sports leagues including the NFL, PGA Tour, MLS, and NASCAR. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Philly native.

Seth Zuckerman
Safegaurd Scientifics

Seth Zuckerman is a Senior Associate on the Healthcare team at Safeguard Scientifics.  Located in Wayne, PA, Safeguard deploys capital into early-stage healthcare and technology companies.  At Safeguard, Seth is responsible for identifying and evaluating growing medtech and healthtech companies and supporting Safeguard’s existing healthcare partner companies. Prior to joining Safeguard, Seth was a Manager at the strategy consultancy Monitor Deloitte, formerly Monitor Group.  At Monitor, he advised payers, providers, and pharmaceutical / medical device companies on growth strategy opportunities.  He also has experience working with a healthcare start-up in the anti-microbial space, analyzing investment opportunities at Circle Peak Capital, and advising CEOs of entrepreneurial companies at Next Street Financial. Seth received an M.B.A. in Finance and Economics and a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University.

Seth Freedman
Independence Blue Cross

Seth has been Director of Corporate Development & Innovation at Independence Blue Cross (Independence) since 2010.  He has worked on projects related to Independence’s  involvement with its PBM,  NaviNet (a payer/provider technology company), recapitalization of AmeriHealth Caritas (a Medicaid Managed Care Business), investments in early stage companies, and partnerships.  Prior to Independence, Seth was an executive at an early stage healthcare company that was sold and now part of Everyday Health and a corporate development professional at Thomson Reuters (now Truven Health) .  Earlier in his career, Seth worked as a management consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising payers and providers around the United States.   Seth has a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Masters from Harvard School of Public Health.  

Coaches and Mentors

Ani Vemprala
CTO & Cofounder, PicWell

Ani Vemprala is CTO & Co-founder of Picwell. As CTO, Ani leads a team of talented software and data engineers developing Picwell's platform. Prior to Picwell, Ani led product and analytics teams at Adify, a Silicon-Valley online advertising startup acquired by Cox Enterprises for $300 million. He was responsible for growing the company's efforts in big data & machine learning to create new, data-driven advertising products. Ani has also held brief engineering and analytics roles at Twitter and Goldman Sachs. He has an MBA from The Wharton School, and a BA in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

Brian Milch

Brian is the Global Manager for the Healthcare Information Technology Practice of McKinsey & Company.  He joined the Firm in 1998.  In Brian’s current role he coordinates firm-wide client service on IT topics to pharmaceutical companies, payors, providers, and solution vendors.  He also leads our proprietary research on healthcare IT topics.  During his former role as a consultant, Brian’s primary area of focus was the healthcare sector.  Brian has a B.S. and an M.S. from Johns Hopkins University in Materials Science and Engineering and an M.B.A. from Columbia Business School. 

Ravi Bala

Ravi Bala is a Co-Founder at HealthSignals, LLC a leader in technology solutions for better senior living. His mission and now the mission of HealthSignals, is to make a difference in a million lives through technology. His favorite expression is - Fanatical Implementation of Common Sense. Ravi is driven by the mantra of Compassionate Service. He has been a coach in over a dozen Startup Weekends and Hackfests and is a passionate fan of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Thinking. Ask him about the Capital for Good and Akshaya Patra ($15 = midday meal for a whole year for one child), the two nonprofits he is involved in because even if you don't, he will tell you about them. 

Bill Mantegna
Technical Co-Founder at Komeeda

As a co-founder, Bill manages everything technical at Komeeda. This includes coding, recruitment, managing the scrum process, and managing the development team. Prior to co-founding Komeeda, he spent 5 years in the insurance & finance industries. A Startup Weekend alumni, he's participated in, and placed 2nd in two Startup Weekends. Bill spends his time trying to tie together all of things he loves: food, cooking, exercise, & software.

Priya Bhutani
Founder & CEO, RegDesk

Priya Bhutani is the Founder and CEO of RegDesk, startup that helps MedTech and Pharma companies with their biggest hurdle, which is regulatory and compliance. RegDesk has created a novel way for healthcare companies to obtain on-demand, real-time regulatory intelligence and global registrations in 180 countries 2x faster and 50% cheaper than all existing solutions.   Priya has over 10 years of experience in the medical device industry.  Priya started her career as a design engineer for a large medical device company.  Later she transitioned into regulatory affairs acting as a global regulatory consultant helping numerous companies launch their products worldwide.   Priya was an Alliance for Women Entrepreneurs Fellow for 2015.  She was the winner of Startup Weekend Health 2014.  Priya is a graduate of one of the top 3 Accelerator programs in the country, DreamIt Health Philadelphia (2014).    Priya holds an M.S. in Quality Assurance and Regulatory Sciences from Northwestern University where she won Distinguished Thesis Award. She also holds M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Illinois with Honors and B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.  

Grant Mitchell
Curbside Care

Grant Mitchell is an MD/MBA from Penn and co-founder of startups Curbside Care and AdhereTech. Curbside Care won Startup Weekend Health Philly 3.0 and is the "Uber" for healthcare, providing on-demand, in person house calls. AdhereTech is a company that builds smart pill bottles to monitor clinical trials and improve medication adherence. Grant is also the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN). In the past, he worked as a fellow in Penn's Center for Technology Transfer and also as a consultant at McKinsey & Co. in Silicon Valley helping bring new medical technologies to market. Grant graduated magna cum laude with honors from NYU with a degree in Economics.

Anthony Ortiz

I'm the Founder + CEO @ Fitly, the first heart healthy meal-kit delivery service for weight loss, diabetes and hypertension. Prior to this, I was the Founder/CEO @ EcoExpress, a transportation logistics company I grew to a 30 person team and subsequently sold to EcoWay in late 2010. I have many interests professionally. Namely, helping start-ups achieve their maximum potential, executing on new business development strategies, mentoring, and consulting. Personally, I love any sport that requires the use of a board, a good slice of pizza every now and then, and who doesn't love music?

Eric King
Grand Round Table

Eric King is Co-founder and CEO of Grand Round Table, a Philadelphia based clinical decision support company out of the DreamIt Health inaugural class.  His company provides software embedded in the electronic health record that automatically alerts providers at the point-of-care of important patterns in clinical data helping them identify and manage patient’s illnesses faster and more systematically while slashing health care costs.  Eric is a Penn Alumnus, self-taught programmer, and former medical school student at Jefferson Medical college. He is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Fishtown.

Subbu Ramalingam
Independence Blue Cross

Subbu Ramalingam oversees multiple optimization programs to improve risk score accuracy  and CMS Star ratings in the Medicare and Commercial Health Insurance marketplace (HIX) for Independence Family of Companies. He leads a diverse and talented group of professionals.
He is also the President of the board for Gift of Life International (, a 501(c)3 non profit. In this role, he instigates a passionate team of cardiologists, philanthropists, executives and young volunteers to look for smart solutions to prevent and cure heart diseases in children (especially in South Asia and Africa).

Layla Gray
Independence Blue Cross

Layla Gray is a Business Analyst in the Health Services Division at Independence Blue Cross.  She assists a core group of nine managers in implementing corporate initiatives and technical innovation.  She also evaluates business processes as well as creates and implements efficiencies as needed.  Her project work often has her working side by side with all levels of management.  In her 14 years at IBC, she has cultivated many valuable mentoring relationships via the corporate sponsored college intern program.  She shares her not so conventional journey from vocal performance major to Excel spreadsheet guru with the college and nurse interns as a way of demonstrating that with hard work and a strong sense of self one can pave rewarding career opportunities.

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Health Philadelphia team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Philadelphia is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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  • Yi
  • Matt
  • Rebecca
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Roger Osorio
Entrepreneurship Program Leader @ IBM

Entrepreneurship program leader at IBM by day, math coach by night, and Startup Weekend global facilitator by weekend.  I deliver a powerful cocktail made up of education, psychology, neuroscience, leadership, and entrepreneurship.  I facilitate events to maximize the experience and learning for all participants.

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