DreamIt Health Philadelphia Gives a Sneak Peek into the Future of Healthtech at Demo Day

DreamIt Ventures, Independence Blue Cross and Penn Medicine host event to showcase healthtech companies’ achievements during the startup accelerator program

PHILADELPHIA – October 21, 2014 – Some of the most promising startup teams in healthtech will pitch their companies to an audience of several hundred investors, industry leaders and potential customers at DreamIt Health Philadelphia Demo Day (#DreamItHealth) on Thursday, October 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.

These teams have spent the last four months participating in the DreamIt Health Philadelphia 2014 accelerator program, where they’ve received hands-on support and resources to develop their ideas into scalable companies with high-growth potential. At Demo Day, each team will have seven minutes to share their progress and present key business milestones and plans for future growth. Continue reading →

RBEL Entrepreneur Speaker Series

Managing Director Mark Wachen will be speaking as part of the Rockefeller Business Entrepreneurship and Leadership (RBEL) series in which Dartmouth University brings in alumni entrepreneurs to share their entrepreneurial journeys and stories.

The Deets
Date: Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014
Time: 7:15-8:15pm ET
Location: Rockefeller Center – Room 209, Hanover, NH
More infohttp://dartmouth.edu/events/event?event=31451#.VDhbpCldWXg

Should you jump in and start up?

Managing Director Andrew Ackerman will be participating as a panel member during this discussion on leaving corporate jobs for the startup world.

The Deets
Date: Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30pm ET
Location: WeWork, 25 Broadway, 9th Fl, New York, NY

DreamIt Health Baltimore Applications Now Open!

Development-Landing-Baltimore2Calling all healthtech entrepreneurs: DreamIt Health is returning to Baltimore, and applications are now open!

We’re looking for strong teams who are fanatical about solving significant healthcare industry problems by combining  relentless business execution, inspired design and software or hardware.

During the four-month accelerator program in Baltimore, your team will hone your ideas and achieve key business  milestones to turn your startup into a scalable, fundable company that can change the face of the healthcare industry.  The DreamIt team will work closely with you to foster rapid growth by providing you with funding, mentorship,  intense coaching and access to opportunities rarely in reach for healthtech startups.

Participants can expect the opportunity to work closely with some of the leading medical institutions in the world, including Johns Hopkins Medicine and the University of Maryland.  Other key support comes from the Abell Foundation, BioHealth Innovation and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore.

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DreamIt Ventures at Austin Startup Week

Today marks the beginning of Austin Startup Week! Started in 2011, the week consists of five days of events celebrating Austin startups, the organizations and meetups that support them, and all the awesome people that make them happen. DreamIt Ventures is participating — come meet up with us to learn more about our upcoming accelerator programs.

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Austin Startup Week: DreamIt Accelerator Alumni Chat

A panel of four DreamIt alumni will be discussing how to get the most out of an accelerator program — DreamIt partners will also be in attendance to answer any questions you have about the upcoming DreamIt Austin cycle!

Dates: Thursday, October 9, 10-11am CDT

Location: DreamIt panel at DLA Piper, 401 Congress Ave, Suite 2500 Austin, TX 78701

Register to attend: http://bit.ly/1pHdw5S


Austin Startup Crawl: DreamIt Ventures Stop

DreamIt CEO Kerry Rupp will be hosting an event-stop during one of the week’s main events: the Austin Startup Crawl hosted by Capital Factory!

Dates: Thursday, October 9, 5-10p CDT

Location: 411 Brazos #222, Austin, TX 78701

RSVP to attend: http://bit.ly/ZOfTy4


(NYC) Techweek NY – Karen Griffith Gryga Speaking

Techweek is coming to NYC next week, and our own Karen Griffith Gryga will be speaking at the event! Check out the VC Panel on Thursday to learn how investors identify success in early stage companies, how they can add value to portfolio companies, and the common mistakes made by companies seeking venture capital funding. Plus, Karen will also be on the judging panel for the final round of the LAUNCH Startup Competition. Join thousands of others at Techweek for a full week of top-quality programming at the greatest celebration of New York technology and innovation ever to hit the Big Apple!

The Deets:
DatesSeptember 29 – October 5 (Karen speaking on the VC Panel and the LAUNCH Startup Competition are on October 2)
Location: 82MERCER, 82 Mercer St., New York, NY
(Use our promo code to get 15% off your Expo Pass! B8IXZ5RI1)

Life beyond DreamIt: Zairge (DreamIt NY ‘14)


DreamIt NY 2014 company Zairge is dragging hotel management systems out of the 1990s with an intuitive, cloud-based suite that meets all of a hotel’s needs in a single integrated platform. It enables self check-in for guests, untethers employees from their desks and offers owners real-time analytics.

This past week, we had the chance to talk to Zairge CEO, Ronak Patel, about the company, their DreamIt Ventures experience and their plans going forward.

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DreamIt Austin 2015 Applications Now Open!

Austonian10Attention all entrepreneurs… applications for DreamIt Austin 2015 are now open! We’re extremely excited to bring back the DreamIt Austin program for its third year running.

DreamIt’s three-month accelerator program clears the way for the brightest high-potential teams to hone their ideas and focus on developing and executing the strategies that will create long-term business success. With an eye toward building a solid business foundation, DreamIt encourages and supports portfolio companies in looking beyond quickly building their products to eliminating risk from their business models, building important relationships and acquiring paying customers. This proven methodology has helped to launch 157 companies that have gone on to raise over $170 million in follow-on funding, and combined are now worth more than $525 million. DreamIt will draw applicants from all over the country and the world to Austin for the three-month program. Past DreamIt Austin classes have included companies from Brazil, Spain, Sweden, South Korea and Israel.

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DreamIt Philly Launches Next Accelerator Class

BY AMANDA QUICK via Tech Cocktail 


It’s going to be a welcoming event unlike any other. Tonight, DreamIt Ventures Philadelphia is having its kickoff event to launch and announce this year’s accelerator class of twelve companies that were chosen from around the country and Israel. Sponsored by DreamIt Ventures and Comcast Ventures, the accelerator is called DreamIt Philly.

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Meet the 12 companies in DreamIt Ventures’ 2014 Philly class

BY Juliana Reyes via Technically Philly


After a nearly two-year break, DreamIt Ventures is back to running its original Philadelphia accelerator.

Twelve companies, all but two of which have come from out of town, will spend three months at DreamIt’s headquarters at 3401 Market Street as part of the startup bootcamp. Aside from mentorship and programming, DreamIt invests $25,000 in each company in exchange for six percent equity. Compared to other cycles, which normally feature 14-15 startups, this is a smaller one.

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