Hardebeck said he’ll remain executive director of gb.tc, although how the scope of the position might change is yet to be decided.
Hardebeck will take on the role of managing director of DreamIt Health Baltimore, which will shuttle early-stage health care startups through a four-month program beginning in January, providing them with stipends of up to $50,000 in addition to other professional services. The program will be based out of Bond Street Wharf in Fells Point, a Johns Hopkins University property that DreamIt is leasing from the university.
In exchange for the cash, mentorship and programing, DreamIt Health takes 8 percent in common stock of a startup that runs through its program, said Dr. Elliot Menschik, the Philadelphia-based healthcare entrepreneur who oversees DreamIt Health.
Elevator pitch need some work? Need a few extra days to put the finishing touches on your team video? Great news: applications will now be accepted until Monday, November 18th!
Final deadline: 11:59pm on Monday, November 18th
Technically Baltimore’s Andrew Zaleski has the scoop: DreamIt Ventures extends deadline for health IT accelerator applications
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DreamIt Health, a new health startup incubator that paired entrepreneurs around Philadelphia with experts from Independence Blue Cross and Penn Medicine to help commercialize new ideas, is now venturing down I-95 to expand into the city of Baltimore. We spoke with Elliot Menschik, MD, PhD, who manages DreamIt Health, about the goals of the new venture and the opportunities it plans to offer to Baltimore’s medtech entrepreneurs.
Medgadget: What was the impetus behind DreamIt Baltimore?
Elliot Menschik: DreamIt Health Baltimore is born of the recognition that Baltimore and the central Maryland region is home to a ton of talent at the intersection of healthcare and information technology, yet startups in the region are increasingly leaving to get the help they need in other cities that have accelerators such as DreamIt. It’s doubly unfortunate in that the region boast some of the greatest healthcare resources anywhere in the world from Johns Hopkins Medicine to key federal agencies like CMS, FDA and NIH. If anything, the region should be a magnet for promising health IT startups all around the world to come and build enterprises of significant and lasting value. DreamIt Health Baltimore is an initiative aiming to do both… nurture and speed local healthtech startups to market, and attract the best from around the world to Baltimore.
by Lee Stabert of FlyingKite
“I’m not enthusiastic about trying to replicate what goes on in Boston or what goes on in Silicon Valley,” says BioAdvance Managing Director and CEO Barbara Schilberg. “I think Philadelphia has an opportunity to create its own model. Be creative. Be innovative thinkers. We are a little short on capital, but we do a great job with what we have.”
Philadelphia’s startup scene has entered its adolescence — it’s growing at a rapid pace, shedding ingrained expectations and trying to forge its own unique identity. The key is to capitalize on the region’s inherent strengths, including a strong sense of community, a world-class life-science and health-care legacy and a scrappy, underdog spirit perfectly attuned to lean startup methodology.
This maturing entrepreneurial ecosystem has players all over the region, but its beating heart is in University City where the wealth of talent, resources and, well, wealth, has spawned incubators, investors and nascent entrepreneurs.
DreamIt stays agile
Startup accelerator DreamIt Ventures was founded by three serial entrepreneurs, David Bookspan, Michael Levinson and Steven D. Welch, who wanted to nurture the next generation. They looked at what Paul Graham was doing with Y Combinator, a groundbreaking accelerator in the Silicon Valley, and hoped to put a Philadelphia spin on it. In summer 2008, they welcomed the first DreamIt class to their space in the University City Science Center.
When New York startup ElectNext launched, the company’s goal was simple — become a Crunchbasefor politicians. The company built political baseball card which tracked the voting records and beliefs of political figures. News outlets could embed ElectNext’s stat cards into their stories to provide more context for the players mentioned.
It was a cool idea, but not necessarily a cool business. Publishers saw the data as “nice to have,” but not “need to have.” The ElectNext widget took up space on the page but it wasn’t earning publishers any money. Likewise, political groups liked the tool, which helped them to follow the most relevant news, but really wanted help responding to breaking news.
DreamIt managing partners Kerry Rupp, Steve Welch, and Elliot Menschik are on the road meeting entrepreneurs from all corners of the industry. Interested in meeting with a DreamIt partner, garnering free mentoring, and learning about the upcoming DreamIt Austin and DreamIt Health Baltimore? If you answered yes to any of that, come out and meet DreamIt. Here’s where we will be the week of October 14, 2014.
October 14 | Boston, MA | Get to Know DreamIt Info Session with Kerry Rupp
October 15 | Cambridge, MA | Office Hours with Kerry Rupp
October 15 | Cambridge, MA | HBS Get to Know DreamIt with Kerry Rupp
October 15 | Baltimore, MD | Get to Know DreamIt Health with Elliot Menschik
October 16 | Rockville, MD | Society of Physician Entrepreneurs Meeting with Elliot Menschik
October 16 | Boston, MA | Office Hours with Kerry Rupp
October 17 | Hanover, NH | Kerry Rupp at Dartmouth College
See our full calendar here.
by Mario Armstrong via Today.com
If you are looking for a fun way to spend the afternoon or evening and you love live entertainment, then this is a great app and site for you! Seatgeek is a site and an iOS app that aggregates tickets from dozens of resale sites into a one-stop ticket shop just for you! You create an account and state what bands you are into and what sports teams you support, as well as the town where you are located. Seatgeek will then send you alerts when they come across a show or a game that might interest you. It has an interactive map which can show you a 3D view of exactly where you will be sitting in the venue so you no longer have to be shocked or disappointed when you arrive to your seats. I hate when I get stuck behind a column or pole!
The site also has a system called Deal Score that will show you the best bargains for that spefici event. All shipping and seller fees are included in the ticket price so you don’t have to worry about how much it will cost on top of the issued price. It is really making ticket shopping a breeze.
MindSnacks brings U.S. Geography to life with knowledge-packed games you won’t be able to stop playing!
MindSnacks’ US Geography app brings you the most fun and effective way to learn geography, ever. With 8 addictive games that cover all 50 states, our app is perfect for beginning and intermediate geography students, as well as travelers and fact fanatics of all ages. Buckle up: it’s time for a virtual road trip through the US that will earn you the nickname “Human Atlas” in no time.
Our engaging games go far beyond state capitals, teaching you the fascinating ins and outs of each state, from famous citizens to major landmarks to state mottos. Adjust the difficulty level to suit you, and marvel as MindSnacks’ unique algorithm tailors lessons to your learning process, letting you effortlessly assimilate an enormous trove of facts and ideas. US geography is a visual, culture-filled subject, and with MindSnacks US Geography—the most sophisticated and content-rich geography app ever designed—students can finally gain a full understanding of the country and their place in it.
by Rob Rich via 148apps.com
MindSnacks has been filling the App Store with knowledge for a while now, and U.S. Geography by MindSnacks is the developer’s first non language-based offering. Their new app helps beginning to intermediate geography students to learn about the 50 States through eight different mini-games on a virtual road trip through the US. The difficulty can be adjusted to match the user’s level, and the app itself uses a special algorithm to further tweak the experience as it’s used.
Flags, nicknames, mottos, shapes, capitols, landmarks, cities, cultures, and a whole lot more are covered for each state, too. So if you don’t know what the State Bird of Illinois is, U.S. Geography by MindSnacks is a good place to start looking.
by Michael Hinkelman of Daily News
KHUSHBOO SHAH, 36, of Franklintown, is founder and CEO of Cloudamize, a startup at 17th and Market streets in Center City that helps clients navigate Amazon Web Services. Cloudamize, which benefited from the Philly-based DreamIt Ventures accelerator program that helps startups get to market fast, recently got $1.2 million in seed funding to hire developers and sales personnel. Shah, a native of India, has a doctorate in electrical engineering from the University of Southern California and worked for startups in Silicon Valley and in Princeton, N.J.