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Compete for 2017’s Startup Spotlight at Health 2.0’s Traction Competition!

 Pitch and Get Funded!

With a new political climate, exponential growth in tech, and an increasing awareness on key issues, the health care industry is ever changing, and now’s the best time for your startup to breakthrough in the digital health community.

Demonstrate your company’s potential to prominent investors and enter your startup in Health 2.0’s Startups Pitch competition, Traction, and give your company the perfect opportunity to pitch to a room full of attendees looking to get involved with your startup. You’ll work with industry experts to perfect your pitch and to ensure it is stage-ready by the time of the conference. Investors will be so impressed they’ll be left with no choice but to invest in your company!

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Health 2.0 announces Launch! and Traction Finalists

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Big news for the Health 2.0’s upcoming 9th Annual Fall Conference!

Launch!

Our annual Launch! competition is on the last day of the conference, Wednesday, October 7th. Ten digital health companies will demo their products for the first time. The audience votes for their favorites. Previous Launch! winners have included Castlight Health, Basis, and OM*Signal. This year’s finalists:

Bloom Technologies will debut their discrete, wireless wearable for expecting mothers to track contractions and other changes to improve maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Flow Health connects consumers, providers and payers around shared patient data including Patient Check-In, an iPad app replacing the standard medical clipboard.

Sensentia is a fully-automated inquiry using natural language processing and more to empower patients to make better health care decisions.

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TRACTION: Contest Deadline TODAY

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Who will be the Startup Champion of Fall 2015? Traction is the perfect opportunity to hone your skills and impress these venture capitalists to invest in your startup!

Traction will be launching the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 8 AM. This competition specifically recruits companies ready for Series A in the $2-12M range.

Enter your company TODAY and pitch your startup to venture capitalists, angel investors, government officials, and even healthcare industry experts. Increase media exposure while forming connections with leading investors, while gaining the opportunity to gain advice from over 30 mentors and experts to further refine your business model.

The application deadline is TODAY Friday, August 14th at 11:59 ET.

In early September, 10 teams will be selected as finalists for two different tracks: professional facing and consumer facing tools. Emerging live at the conference, the competition will grant these lucky finalists access to exceptional mentors and fight for the title of “Startup Champion.”

Apply today to be selected as one of the 10 finalists to pitch live at Health 2.0’s Annual Fall Conference!

And of course you can buy tickets to Traction as an add on to the Health 2.0 conference itself.

Jennifer David is a program manager at Health 2.0

The Must-See Digital Health Startups of 2014

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Ten new digital health companies will demo their products for the first time in the Launch! session during the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference being held in Santa Clara, CA on September 21-24. Launch! is a contest held at 12:00 p.m PDT on Wednesday, September 24th, where the technology is demoed in three and a half minutes. At the end, the audience votes for their favorites. Previous Launch! winners have included Castlight Health, Basis, and OM*Signal. This year’s finalists:

  • Symptify helps the user navigate a series of questions to narrow down the cause of their symptoms while also helping them find a nearby medical facility.
  • Open Source Health MyAVA, uses Open Source health IT for a collaborative patient – physician educational and informational sharing platform for women. Advocating everything from female health, fertility, to healthy aging.
  • Intake.Me is a communication and patient engagement product that allows patients to check-in for their doctor’s visit from anywhere and attach medical records stored in their own virtual private health cloud.
  • Livongo Health introduces the brand new InTouch, which is a diabetes monitor, advisory and coaching service, community, and communications tool—all rolled into one. The concept is so exciting that it’s got Glen Tullman out of his post Allscripts “retirement” and back into the startup game.
  • DaVinci.io builds apps with a mission – introducing a PHR that consolidates existing health records onto the user’s mobile device.Continue reading…

Who’s Running Your Company: You or Your Client?

Venture capitalists like to use the word “traction.” It sounds all glamorous, like an ad showing a Range Rover toughing it out up some impossible incline. But when I hear a company talk about ‘early traction’ in its pitch, I’m always leery of the “First and Worst” effect.

My first customer at my first company was a grandfatherly CIO at a big hospital. Of course I wanted to please him, and was enthusiastic about doing so. But I was also very focused on taking over the world with our software. I told him, “We’ll change anything you want about the product, as long as it’ll be good for all our future [gazillion] customers.”

Of course, The Grandfather wanted lots of one-off customizations that would really only be good for him. I told him that all the time we spent doing custom work for him was going to make us less profitable, and less likely to be able to sell the product to other people. And to survive long enough to do any improvements to the product at all, we needed to be profitable. He seemed to think that made sense, and begrudgingly agreed.

In the end this arrangement was a win for both of us. Our product was a home run for his hospital. We got an evangelical reference customer, and his hospital helped make our product better. The precedent we’d set with The Grandfather gave us the courage to refuse other customers who wanted one-off changes. Sure, we could have done this for one or two hospitals, but by the time we got to hospital 300, it would have been a mess.

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