Startup Weekend: HEALTHbio St. Louis

    Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015

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Startup Weekend: HEALTHbio St. Louis

Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015

Friday, February 6 - 8, 2015
Event starts at 6:30 pm

CIC St. Louis
4240 Duncan Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

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Startup Weekend: HEALTHbio St. Louis

Startup Weekend: HEALTHbio St. Louis is the region’s first Startup Weekend specifically focused on healthcare, life science, and related technologies and services. Some of the area’s top thinkers, creators and innovators — fueled by St. Louis’ thriving science and healthcare business ecosystem — will be attracted to HEALTHbio, making this one of the most exciting Startup Weekend experiences yet.

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 (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54-hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation.  

Beginning with idea pitches on Friday night and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders to gain valuable critical feedback.

Calling All Innovators 

Whether you’re a college student, aspiring entrepreneur, computer wiz, design guru, biotech expert, or simply have an idea, there’s a place for you at HEALTHbio. In the spirit of ensuring a diverse mix of talents and ideas, we’re on the lookout for special skillsets to help keep the weekend rolling. If you have experience in any of the following areas, please let us know by purchasing an industry-specific ticket.
  • Software engineering, coding, development, etc. 
  • Design, including graphics, UX/UI, etc. 
  • Healthcare or life sciences 
  • Business, marketing, PR, etc. 
General admission is also available for innovators, idea people, and curious individuals from other fields.    

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Friday February 6th

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
Line up to give your pitch (optional)

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 February 7th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams, now formed, set up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, calls for help/assistance

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 February 8th

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

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

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

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

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Jimmy Lin
President at Rare Genomics Institute, TED Fellow, Cancer Genomics Pioneer

Event Judges

Tim Hayden
Director, Center for Entrepreneurship at John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University

For the last 20+ years, Tim Hayden has been involved in entrepreneurship, sports business, entertainment, digital media and marketing. In addition to his Director position, he is a Senior Adjunct Professor in Entrepreneurship. External to Saint Louis University, Tim is a managing partner for The Stadia Group, which is a digital marketing and social media consulting firm. Tim has founded several companies and has helped start two professional soccer teams, Saint Louis Athletica (WPS) and AC St. Louis (NASL). Tim also serves as an advisor for various for-profit and not-for-profit companies.

Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore
Director of Bioscience Entrepreneurial Inclusion, BioSTL

Dr. Cheryl Watkins-Moore is a highly versatile and visionary Business Leader experienced in P&L management, marketing, sales, integration, and restructuring. Dr. Moore currently serves as the Director, Bioscience Entrepreneurial Inclusion for BioSTL. Dr. Moore is also Founder and CEO of a young start-up company, UPstart Innovations, LLC, a medical technology development organization. Previously, Dr. Moore served as an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with BioGenerator. Dr. Moore has also served as a judge in several business plan competitions including Skandalaris’ Business Plan Competition and Steve Case’s Rise of the Rest National Tour (St. Louis).

Matt Hermann

Matt Hermann actively leads Ascension Ventures' overall investing efforts. He also serves on the board of BioEnterprise. Before joining Ascension Ventures in 2001, he served as vice president with Atlantic Medical Management, LLC, financial management roles at two publicly traded healthcare companies, Nutrition 21, Inc. and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and worked at J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. and PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City.

Laura Burkemper
Principal, Business & Brand Catalyst at The Catalyst Center

A business strategy and brand re-invention professional, Laura has extensive cross-functional business development expertise and a strong portfolio of successes contributing organizational profitability.  Laura has led corporate branding, identity, and strategic business and marketing efforts for Fortune 500 companies as well as emerging businesses.  Additionally, Laura is an Adjunct Professor at Saint Louis University and a member of the Biliken Angels Network.

Dr. James McCarter
Senior Entrepreneur in Residence, BioGenerator

Dr. James McCarter is a Senior Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) with BioGenerator and an Adjunct Professor of Genetics at Washington University.  Previously, he was EIR with Monsanto Growth Ventures and the Founder, President, and CSO of Divergence, a leader in the application of genomics to agriculture and infectious disease.  Divergence’s discoveries led to products in agrochemistry, veterinary therapeutics, and diagnostics and the company was acquired by Monsanto in 2011.  Jim is the recipient of the Innovation Award from the Academy of Science of St. Louis and a Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. 

Thad Simons
Managing Director, The Yield Lab

Thad Simons is Managing Director, The Yield Lab, Board President of the International Food and Agribusiness Association (IFAMA) and former President and Chief Executive Officer of Novus International, Inc. Thad serves on several community Boards: Nine Network of Public Media, Grand Center, Inc., United Way of Greater St. Louis, Dance STL, Maryville University,  Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital, St. Louis Regional Chamber, and Missouri Botanical Garden.  Thad’s awards and recognitions include: International Businessperson of the Year, World Trade Center of St. Louis, 2001; International Visionary Award, Boeing Institute of International Business, 2007; Heroes of the Planet Award, St. Louis Business Journal, 2009; Entrepreneur of the Year, Central Midwest-Bioscience, Ernst & Young, 2010; Entrepreneur of the Year, National Distribution and Manufacturing, Ernst & Young, 2010; and Agribusiness Leader of the Year, National Agri-Marketing Association (NAMA), 2013 

Mark Bini
Senior Director, New Solutions at Express Scripts

Mark Bini joined Express Scripts in 2008 bringing with him extensive experience in strategic marketing and product development. He has been a key contributor in the advancement of Express Scripts’ behavior-centric approach to the pharmacy benefit – working with plan sponsors of all sizes to drive positive patient behavior. To this end, he closely follows emerging science around human behavior and decision making, and then works to develop solutions that help plan sponsors enable better health and value.  Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Missouri State University and his Master of Business Administration from Fontbonne University.

Coaches and Mentors

John Grispon
CEO, RespondWell

John is a senior executive with over 20 years of experience achieving revenue, profit, and business growth objectives within start-up and rapid-change environments. He has expertise in collaborating with internal / external partners to create successful development alliances and capitalize on new market opportunities. 

Michelle Murray
Founder and Managing Director, Segue Partners

Michelle has combined her exceptional client service skills developed over seven years in public accounting with her ten years managing a venture capital firm and overseeing fund administration and investments.  She provides solutions to companies who need assistance with financial modeling, capital raising, structuring equity, preparing capitalization tables, or validating business models.

Dan Lohman
Co-Founder and CEO, Pushup Social

Dan Lohman is a tech entrepreneur inspired by solving problems and growing communities. He is the Co-founder and CEO of the rapidly growing Pushup Social, with the help of his amazing team. Dan also cofounded LaunchCode to increase the supply of computer programmers in St. Louis.

Dr. Chris Schlanger
Vice President Business Development, aisle411

Chris’ background includes advisory services as a managing director at the Advisory Board as well as leadership in his position as assistant system medical officer/assistant medical director at SSM-St. Clare Health Center. Dr. Schlanger is currently an adjunct professor of management, economics, and health care policy at Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, he is VP of Business Development at aisle411 where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He currently advises multiple early-stage companies within informatics, health, and technology spaces.

Cody Stringer

Cody Stringer is Entrepreneurial Specialist with Mercy Research & Development, a medical device design and development group within Mercy Health in Springfield, MO. He is also co-founder of Emergent Sensor Technologies, a St. Louis-based venture that he helped launched in early 2011. Stringer has a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering and experience in commercializing innovative technologies in the field of healthcare and beyond. He is also a bicycle advocate and co-authors the bicycling blog Cycle Like a Stringer with his wife.

Dan Reus
Founder, Openly Disruptive

Susan Hartman
Assistant Dean and Director, Graduate Business Programs John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University

A passionate advocate for entrepreneurship, particularly in the biosciences, Susan is a volunteer for Prosper Women Entrepreneurs, an organization devoted to providing women with   professional and financial resources to start companies.  She also serves as a fellow for the Billiken Angel Network, where she assists angel investors conducting due diligence on potential startup investments.

Ken Harrington
President, The Bayberry Group

Ken Harrington works with early stage and fast growing ventures as an advisor and board member. He has supported and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs in a broad set of industry groups.  From 2001 to 2014, Ken Harrington served as the Managing Director for the Skandalaris Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at Washington University in St. Louis.  Prior to joining Wash U, Ken held senior management positions in seven start-up technology companies. He has an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School and a BS from the University of Vermont. 

Stephanie Hosler
Partner, Bryan Cave

Stephanie Hosler concentrates her practice in the areas of business and transactional counseling. Her practice includes mergers and acquisitions, general commercial counseling, joint ventures and strategic alliances, private offerings of securities, stock-for-stock acquisitions, and acquisitions of minority interests. Ms. Hosler has experience representing public companies, closely held businesses, venture capital firms, investment partnerships, portfolio companies of venture capital and buyout firms, and financial institutions.

Scott Bernstein
Vice President, Lewis & Clark Ventures

Scott Bernstein has a highly diverse professional background that represents the intersection of three of his passions: strategy, finance, and technology. He’s motivated by contributing his multifaceted skill set towards the success of the businesses that he is associated with, as well as by helping others succeed in their endeavors. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend: HEALTHbio St. Louis 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 St. Louis is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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