Last week, 90 entrepreneurs, business leaders and technologists gathered in a packed room for the Pilot Health Tech NYC info session at the Alexandria Center for Life Sciences – NYC. A panel of Pilot winners from last year joined Lenzie Harcum, VP of NYCEDC’s Center for Economic Transformation and Jean-Luc Neptune, SVP at Health 2.0, to share their experiences partnering with one another to pilot new technologies that make New Yorkers healthier. The panelists included:
- Eli Camhi, Executive Director, SelectHealth at VNSNY CHOICE
- Dave Gaur, Co-Founder, Vital Care Services
- Roy M. Gulick, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Weill Cornell Medical College
- Eric Leven, CEO, Rip Road
- Josh Stein, CEO, AdhereTech
Other winners from last year’s program , including eCaring, Pace University, BioDigital, Sense Health, StarlingHealth and University Behavior Associates of Montefiore and VillageCare, were in attendance.
The panelists shared their experiences with the audience and focused their thoughts on the matchmaking process and building sustainable partnerships. “Hosts are looking for partners, not just products,” said Eli Camhi of VNSNY. “Share your goals with your partner immediately,” advised Dr. Gulick of Weill Cornell. “We talked about them in our very first call,” he said, referring to his Pilot partner, Josh Stein of AdhereTech.
Finding those partners is worth the effort, said Eric Leven of Rip Road. For startups, Pilot is a unique opportunity to meet top-flight clients in quick succession, all while there is money on the table to keep everyone focused on launching a project together.
Last year, Pilot matched 150 health tech startups with 25 hosts from across NYC, including major health systems, specialty hospitals and clinics, and funded 10 pilots from amongst 41 competitive joint applications. Altogether, winning companies from Pilot 2013 have raised nearly $20 million in capital and are set to enroll more than 1,000 New Yorkers in Pilot-funded projects.
The application deadline for both startups and hosts to participate in matchmaking is February 17th. Click here to apply now.