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Venturef0rth, 417 N 8th St #201, Philadelphia, PA 19123



Mar 28
  • Registration Starts
  • Dinner & Networking
  • Welcome & Speakers
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • 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


Mar 29
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend
  • Lunch
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow


Mar 30
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!
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Gold Sponsors

Elliot Menschik

Managing Partner, DreamIt Ventures

Elliot is a physician/engineer/hacker turned repeat entrepreneur and investor. He is a managing partner at DreamIt Ventures where he founded and leads its healthtech accelerators and investments. He is co-founder of Venturef0rth, an urban campus and community of tech startups in Philadelphia. He also serves on the Penn faculty where he teaches engineering students how to create and run startups to take their technology to market. He was previously the founder and CEO of HxTechnologies, a pioneer in health information exchange which he sold in 2009 to Health Care Service Corporation, the parent of Blue Cross Blue Shield of TX, IL, OK and NM. An NIH Fellow in the Medical Scientist Training Program, Elliot received an MD and PhD in Neuroscience from Penn Med and holds MSE and BSEE degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins.

Kim Eberbach

Vice President Wellness & Community Health at Independence Blue Cross

Kim Eberbach is Vice President Wellness & Community Health at Independence Blue Cross. In this role Kim is responsible for the development and execution of Wellness related strategies and programs for employees, members and the surrounding community. Kim was previously Vice President of Human Resources for Independence Blue Cross. Prior to joining Independence Blue Cross Kim spent ten years consulting in the arenas of strategic planning, change management, leadership and process improvement.

Joe Miller

Director of E-Health and Innovation, AmeriHealth Caritas

Joe Miller has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare IT working in the provider, payer and government sectors. He is a board member and advocacy chair for the Delaware Valley chapter of HIMSS and Director of Strategy and Innovation for AmeriHealth Caritas where he develops industry leading solutions for engaging healthcare providers and consumers. Joe is one of the founders of HealthShare Exchange SEPA, has driven numerous national efforts around healthcare administrative simplification, and author of the book Implementing the Electronic Health Record. He participated as an SME in the 2012 Start-Up Weekend Health event.

Ming Fang

Safeguard Scientifics

At Safeguard, Ming is responsible for identifying and evaluating new opportunities, and supporting partner companies in the healthcare space.

Before joining Safeguard, Ming was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company, where he advised private equity firms, biopharma / medical device companies, and providers on acquisition and growth strategy opportunities. Ming also acquired a balanced global perspective with his extensive engagement experiences in China and Southeast Asia.

Prior to McKinsey, Ming co-founded a medical device company that stemmed from the 2009 Wharton Business Plan Competition winning project. During business school, he gained transactional experience as a Summer Associate with Merrill Lynch's healthcare investment banking team. Ming also served Gilead Sciences as a Senior Manager in commercial operations, overseeing incentive strategies and business analytics. Ming began his career in healthcare with ZS Associates, where he forecasted product potential and implemented sales effectiveness strategies.

Ming received an M.B.A in Healthcare Management and Finance from The Wharton School and a B.A. in Computer Science from University of California at Berkeley.

Peter M. Hotz

Walgreens / Take Care Health Systems

Peter M. Hotz is a Walgreens Group Vice President and serves as the President of Take Care Health Systems. In this role, he leads the operations of the nation’s largest provider of worksite health, wellness and pharmacy services with over 400 employer-based locations. In addition to this operating responsibility, he plays a lead role for Walgreens in the development of health system and payer partnerships and health care business development efforts and is on the managing board of Walgreen’s venture investing group. While at Walgreens, he previously had P&L oversight of Walgreen’s retail clinic services and PBM operations.

Previously, Mr. Hotz was executive vice president and chief operating officer of CHD Meridian Healthcare, which was acquired by Walgreens in 2008. A recognized healthcare leader, Mr. Hotz has developed, managed and grown several successful healthcare organizations. He joined CHD Meridian Healthcare in July 2006, as part of the company’s acquisition of Continuum, a health coaching company that he founded in 1997. Prior to founding Continuum, Mr. Hotz was the founder, president and chief executive officer of Atlantic Health Group (AHG). Mr. Hotz earned his B.A. degree in economics from Ursinus College and an M.B.A. from the University of Maryland. He is an active mentor with Blueprint Health in NYC and serves as a Board Member for ConnectYourCare (one of the nation’s leading health savings providers) and Inpatient Medical Services (an innovative provider of hospitalist services).


Seijen Takamura


Seijen is UP Global's regional manager for the Northeast USA where it's his duty to look after all of UP Global’s communities and programs between Virginia and Maine.

Before joining UP, Seijen spent 7 years as an experience researcher & strategist at digital agencies like Fallon and SapientNitro helping clients across North America, Europe and Asia make sense of trends and customer research. His clients included Harley-Davidson, Coca Cola, MetLife, UEFA, The Pan-American Games, and T-Mobile.

Seijen is an alumnus of the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and loves to run and search for flights on Kayak in spare time.

Silver Sponsors

Sam Coyl

President/CEO, Netrepid   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Sam Coyl is the President/CEO of Netrepid, a provider of infrastructure hosting services that work side by side with growing companies to accelerate their technology evolution from the ground to the cloud. Since founding Netrepid a decade ago, Sam has led the company on an evolution from wireless technology installation into one of North America’s “Top 100 Hosting Service Providers”. Sam has also been the driving force behind the successful acquisition of three other technology companies and completed projects for nationally-recognized organizations like Hershey Entertainment and Resorts, BAE Systems, and Geisinger Health.

A former US Marine with 9 years of service, Sam has been recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s top executives under 40 and serves as a board member and advisor for education and business incubators. His 18 years of experience in wireless technology has also been recognized by Certified Wireless Network Professional, which has tapped him as a technical editor for its certification study guides on multiple occasions. He is also a contributor to ‘The Price Of Business,’ a drive-time business talk radio show on the Bloomberg Radio affiliate in Houston, Texas.

Matias Klein

VP of Intelligence Hub, McKesson Health Solutions

Matias Klein is the VP of Intelligence Hub at McKesson Health Solutions where he manages McKesson's payer facing clinical and business intelligence products. Previously, he was SVP of Technology at Portico Systems, which McKesson acquired in July of 2011 and oversaw all technology operations, including product development, client implementations, and innovation projects. He was also responsible for all of Portico's corporate IT infrastructure, including the company's hosting business.

Prior to joining Portico, Mathias served as President and CEO of Ethidium Health Systems, where he positioned the startup company as a leader in the clinical information management and exchange markets until its 2008 sale to Portico.

Matias is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science in Microbiology, with a minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Howard Burde

Burde Health Law LLC   |  

Howard is a nationally recognized Health IT attorney who provides general counsel and health law advice to healthtech businesses. He is a prolific author of four books on health law topics and frequent speaker on healthcare opportunities emerging from federal legislation.

Atul Shah

SVP of Business Partnerships, Within3

Atul is passionate about healthcare reform and is a problem-solver interested in creative solutions to overcoming the many barriers to change (business, regulation, technology, human habits). His day job is as SVP of Business Partnerships at Within3, a Healthcare startup inventing digital collaboration solutions that enhance engagement between Industry and healthcare professionals. Atul’s responsibilities include client development and product strategy, with a focus on the business needs of Within3’s Pharmaceutical and Medical Association clients.

Complementing his day job, Atul is also co-founder of the Philadelphia Health IT Circle, a collaborative organized by a group of local health IT entrepreneurs. The leadership team shares a common belief that the greater Philadelphia region has a unique abundance of talent and resources, and has the potential to be a leading health IT innovation hub – with Startup Weekend being Exhibit A.

Atul’s background includes 20+ years of corporate experience including senior strategy, operations , and sales support roles, most recently at SunGard and SAP. Prior to SAP, he was a management consultant with McKinsey. Atul earned an MBA from The Wharton School, an MS from the University of Southern California, and a BS from Rice University.

Beth Blinebury

Founder, Beth Blinebury Design

Beth Blinebury Design is a boutique design firm located in Philly that specializes in website design and implementation, custom logos and branding identity, e-commerce solutions and web application development. Her clients include non-profits, small businesses, startups, and individual clients in the Philadelphia region and beyond. Beth founded her firm in 2004, and now she manages an ever-expanding stable of top-flight designers and developers.

Beth is also an educator and artist. Since 2008 she has taught classes in photography, computer programming, introductory electronic media and design. She currently teaches undergraduate courses at Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Maryland Institute College of Art and Villanova University.

Ravi Bala

CEO, Health Signals

Ravi brings more than 25 years broad-based experience in technology design, strategy development and consulting. He was a Co-Founder of KnowledgeFlow, Inc – a marketing innovation company focused on customer loyalty. Formerly, Ravi was president of InteliSoft, Inc., a finance industry marketing executive for IBM-India and a nuclear engineer at Ebasco Services Inc.. Ravi started his career as a research and development nuclear physicist for Combustion Engineering.

Ravi is responsible for strategy and product development of HealthSignals Solutions, focusing on Remote Monitoring and mHealth solutions for the Continuing Care Retirement Communities (CCRC's). Ravi is a member of the American Telemedicine Association, International Society of Gerontechnology and an active member of entrepreneurial and mobile technology organizations in Philadelphia.

Brian Milch

McKinsey & Company

Brian is the practice manager for the healthcare technology practice of McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm. He works with consulting teams across the firm to advise healthcare clients on IT issues, and high tech clients on healthcare product strategy. He also leads McKinsey's internal research on healthcare IT topics such as big data, payment innovation, and telehealth. Before taking this role, he was a consultant to McKinsey's healthcare clients including pharmaceuticals, health insurance, hospitals, and solutions vendors.

Philip Heifetz


Philip Heifetz is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EyeIC, Inc., a venture-backed, health information technology company with web-based solutions for medical image analysis and patient engagement. Before coming to EyeIC, Mr. Heifetz was Vice President, Finance and Business Development for Othera Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on clinical drug development in Ophthalmology that exited through two separate asset sales. Prior to Othera, Mr. Heifetz was a licensing officer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Technology Transfer, and was co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of a venture-backed biotech startup spin out from Penn.

In addition to his current position with EyeIC, Mr. Heifetz is co-founder of the Philadelphia Health Circle, a professional networking and education group comprising senior managers across the spectrum of health care innovation (eg, payers, providers, academics, entrepreneurs and investors). He also currently serves on the board of directors of the Wharton Healthcare Management Alumni Association. Mr. Heifetz earned a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from Georgetown University, and a MBA from Wharton with a dual concentration in Health Care Management and Entrepreneurial Management.

Andrew Khouri

Vice President, Quaker Partners

Andrew Khouri is a Vice President with Quaker Partners, where he helps lead the firm’s efforts in healthcare services and HCIT. Quaker is an East Coast-focused healthcare venture and growth equity fund, investing in healthcare companies at all stages of development. Quaker’s industry expertise includes pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, healthcare services and IT, and medical technologies such as devices, tools and human diagnostics.

Prior to joining Quaker Partners, Andrew was a Consultant with Leerink Swann Strategic Advisors, a life sciences strategy consulting firm, where he conducted multiple engagements for global pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device clients.

Andrew received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Harvard University.

Stephen Knowles

Digital Innovation & Outreach, Merck

Since November 2009, Stephen Knowles has been a Sr. Specialist, Business & Technical Analysis, applying innovative healthcare information technologies to unmet scientific needs. His duties include interacting with external collaborators, such as academic research groups, technology vendors, and commercial start-ups. Stephen is responsible for knowledge capturing, transferring, and engineering of new technology into Merck. Stephen also provides product selection support and contributes to new technology sensing initiatives

For the previous 8 plus years, Stephen led various projects that provided solutions to early development clinical trials. He accomplished much success by performing at all stages of the system and project management life cycles. His successes contributed to strong strategic relationships with key business partners, reduced costs, and enhanced productivity in the organization.

Stephen graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy University in May 2002 with a B.S. degree in Computer Information Systems. Stephen is pursuing a M.S. in IT Leadership from LaSalle University and anticipates graduating spring 2015. Stephen holds expertise in Business Analysis, Technical Analysis, and Project Management. He is highly skilled at building clinical trial information systems. Finally, Stephen has an excellent track record for leading and motivating team members to achieve high performance.

Chris Brofft

Digital Innovation & Outreach, Merck

Since February 2012, Chris Brofft has been a Specialist, Business & Technical Analysis, applying innovative information technologies to unmet scientific needs. His duties include interacting with external collaborators, such as academic research groups, technology vendors, and commercial start-ups. Chris is responsible for knowledge capturing, transferring, and engineering of new technology into Merck. Chris also provides product selection support and contributes to new technology sensing initiatives.

Prior to February 2012, Chris was part of Merck’s corporate IT group supporting many of key financial applications. During this time Chris served in multiple roles ranging from desk side support to managing projects. Chris’ successes enabled for efficient support and limited downtime for the financial applications he supported.

Chris graduated from Lehigh University in December 2012 with a M.B.A. in Project Management and received his B.S. degree in Information Sciences and Technology from The Pennsylvania State University in 2007. Chris holds expertise in Business Analysis, Technical Analysis, Project Management and Technical Support. In addition Chris has a proven record in managing teams of diverse skills and also being a team player.

Jeff Voigt

Medical Device Consultants Ridgewood   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Jeff is the principal of Medical Device Consultants of Ridgewood, a firm dedicated to ensuring appropriate coverage and payment policies for medical technology companies (mainly earlier stage) and insurers. His expertise also includes healthcare analytics, cost-effectiveness analysis, & evidence assessments – to assist policy makers in developing coverage and payment for technologies that provide value. Jeff has published numerous articles on evidence assessments, cost-effectiveness, and health policy commentary in peer reviewed journals such as: Acta Orthopaedica, Applied Health Economics and Health Policy, Clinical Cardiology, Cochrane Review, International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds, Journal of Arthroplasty, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal Clinical Pathology, Journal Congestive Heart Failure, Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, Pediatric Emergency Care, Photonics and Lasers in Medicine, The Prostate, and Wound Repair and Regeneration. He has worked in the medical technology industry for over 27 years

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