At ‘Face Time for Entrepreneurs’ on May 19, a Panel of Hospital CMOs, Chief Biotech Scientists, and Major Health Tech Purchasers Will Tell You If There’s a Market for Your Product—and Maybe You’ll Make a Sale!
One of the biggest hurdles for entrepreneurs is getting new innovative products before people who can actually decide whether or not to buy them. Now health tech entrepreneurs, developers, and startups can get some “Face Time” with real decision makers at the first-ever “Face Time for Entrepreneurs” pitch session, which will take place May 19 at Health Tech ’15, the Westchester County Association (WCA)-sponsored conference that reflects Westchester County’s status as a growing hub of health and technology-related innovation in New York and nationwide. (Application available here.)
“Face Time is an amazing opportunity for entrepreneurs from throughout the United States to present their products to a panel of the region’s leading healthcare decision makers and get constructive product feedback or to make the sale!” explained Marissa Brett, WCA president. “This type of access to senior healthcare executives can happen only in Westchester, where the WCA, the healthcare industry, and the business and education sectors are collaborating closely to further enhance the vibrant innovation economy that’s taken root here.”
Face Time for Entrepreneurs will be emceed by startup veteran, Jason Saltzman, CEO of AlleyNYC, a Manhattan coworking space for startups and early-stage companies. Saltzman is an advisory board member for several startups, a mentor for Techstars, and was recently tapped by the U.S. State Department to serve as a special advisor for a technology and entrepreneurship project in Kuwait.
The panel of healthcare purchasers will include leading regional healthcare decision-makers as well as potential investors. For example, Thomas V. Thornton, senior vice president of North Shore Ventures, and Aurelia Boyer, senior vice president and chief information officer at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and NYP Healthcare System, will be listening to product pitches and providing valuable feedback and advice. Among the other invited participants are hospital chief medical officers, senior executives at major Westchester biotech companies, large physician groups, and other significant provider groups.
“As the preeminent business organization in Westchester County, and one that is dedicated to improving medical care, controlling healthcare costs, and growing jobs in our $15 billion healthcare sector, the WCA is invested in helping entrepreneurs who are tackling these challenges with products that will make us healthier, keep our medical costs down, and engage patients in healthcare,” Brett added. “We hope entrepreneurs will see Westchester as a place where they can thrive and grow their companies.”
Westchester County has rapidly emerged as one of the nation’s hubs for healthcare innovation. The digital healthcare sector is being fueled in Westchester by expanding global companies such as Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and IBM; a new biotech incubator at New York Medical College; and the creation of a vibrant and growing startup community that’s been created through the WCA’s business accelerator network, conferences, and Accelerate Westchester networking groups for innovators and entrepreneurs.
Innovation Starts Here: How to Apply
The WCA is now taking applications for Face Time for Entrepreneurs. To be eligible, applicants must be affiliated with a healthcare-related sector, such as the life sciences, biotechnology, medical technology, or consumer digital applications such as wearables, patient engagement, and information technology, among others. Interested companies may apply here by April 24.
Face Time for Entrepreneurs is the culminating event at Health Tech ’15, which will take place May 18-19 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown, New York. The conference’s thought-provoking sessions will point to where healthcare is going. A broad range of topics and their impact on healthcare providers and consumers will be covered, and include: innovative new models of healthcare delivery; the role of Big Data in healthcare innovation; 3D printing; wearables; digital health; patient engagement, and more. The conference follows the WCA’s hugely successful inaugural health tech conference, held last May, which attracted over 600 of the region’s leading healthcare thought leaders, hospital CEOs, policy makers, business leaders, biotech entrepreneurs, real estate and research executives.