Hackovate Health is a global competition encouraging tech entrepreneurs to create and showcase innovative applications focused on America’s core health care needs. The following news release from Tech Council Member Think Big Partners announces the top 10 finalists participating in the event’s finale.
KANSAS CITY, MO—February 12, 2013—H&R Block and Think Big Partners have announced the top 10 finalists who will present at the Hackovate Health Finale on February 26, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri. These 10 finalists will continue in the pursuit of the $15,000 grand prize, the $10,000 runner-up prize and the $5,000 second runner-up prize.
Hackovate Health is a health-focused innovation competition hosted by H&R Block and Think Big Partners. The competition is designed to identify innovative mobile, online, social and other applications that help consumers navigate the new healthcare landscape and the Affordable Care Act. Tech entrepreneurs, startups, innovators, healthcare professionals and other teams from around the world were encouraged to compete in the three-month long competition, which has culminated in H&R Block and screening judges identifying 10 teams to convene in Kansas City in February to turn their promising ideas into new companies. The Hackovate process involves coaching and mentoring from business, policy and investor community leaders in the entrepreneurship and healthcare arenas.
The Hackovate Health semi-finalist judging panel consisted of 19 diverse experts from a variety of fields. The panel includes experts and leaders in the healthcare industry, entrepreneurs, investors, service providers, professional association executives, as well as public and private sector officials.
The 10 Hackovate Health finalists are:
- Anant Vinjamorri, Aavya Health (Boston, MA, USA)
- Tami Hutchinson, eLuminate Health (Kansas City, MO, USA)
- Liam Ryan, GetHealth (Dublin, Ireland)
- Scott Speranza, inAssist Health Management Solution (Torrance, CA, US)
- Asher Hasan, NAJA JEEVAN REJUVENATE: Transformation Healthcare for the Uninsured (New Life) (Karachi, Sind, PAK)
- John McCluskey, OkCopay, Inc. (Seattle, WA, USA)
- Matthew Kafka, ReMARK Health (Kansas City, MO, USA)
- Karan Srivastava, SHHADE (Miami, FL, USA)
- Jug Stanovcic, HealthPlan Select by Stenuus (Overland Park, KS, USA)
- Chrys Sullivan, My Healthcare Reform Guide by eXperient Interactive & Useagility (Kansas City, MO, USA)
The above Hackovate finalists are invited to present pitches for their businesses at the Hackovate Health Finale on February 26, 2013 at The Extreme Screen in Union Station, Kansas City, Missouri. Finalists will submit a presentation and deliver a 10-minute pitch before a panel of finale judges. Presentations will be followed by five minutes of questions from the judges. The finalists must be present at the Hackovate Health Finale to be eligible for a prize.
The Hackovate Health Finale is a free event open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. At the event, attendees will have the chance to watch the final pitch presentations, network and learn more about healthcare technology and entrepreneurship.
“We are extremely impressed with the quality of Hackovate Health submissions,” says Herb Sih, co-founder of Think Big Partners. “Those selected to participate in the Hackovate Health Finale now have a real opportunity to solve real problems in the healthcare industry. We cannot wait to watch these companies come to life on stage.”
For more information about Hackovate Health or to express interest in becoming a partner, please visit hackovate.com or call 816-842-5244.
For more information or to register to attend the Hackovate Health Finale, please visit hackovate.eventbrite.com.
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About Think Big Partners
Think Big Partners is an early-stage startup accelerator and mentorship-based collaborative network located in Kansas City, Missouri. Think Big Partners has successfully launched or grown over 150 successful companies with its creation of coworking spaces (bizperc), entrepreneurial conferences (Think Big Kansas City and iKC), essential services, startup resources and funding (Think Big Ventures). To learn more about Think Big Partners, please visit thinkbigpartners.com.