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LAVA Healthcare: Second Annual Pitch Fest

The floor will be open to short (brief, not lengthy) elevator pitches by entrepreneurs and service providers followed by insight, feedback and comments from the audience.

When: Friday August 16, 2013
7:30AM to 9:30AM
Where: Pepperdine University (in West LA, not Malibu)
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, California  90045
United States
Contact: Richard Koffler

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This is our second annual open-mic pitch fest. The floor will be open to short (brief, not lengthy) elevator pitches by entrepreneurs and service providers followed by insight, feedback and comments from the audience. Last year's pitch fest was hyper-successful, so we expect at least as good this year.

Come prepared to share, discuss, argue and promote how your product or service will change the world of healthcare.

Open to projects and ventures at all stages, from pencil-and-paper to in-revenue. Priority given to entrepreneurs. Send an email to our producer Richard Koffler to reserve your spot in the pitch lineup.

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 Generously sponsored by


About LAVA Healthcare

The U.S. healthcare system has been deteriorating for decades. Many argue that increasing legislation and regulation will worsen the problem, others argue its the best solution.

LAVA Healthcare is an ongoing conversation about how we might fix the mess applying innovation across a wide range of dimensions including technology, business models, patient involvement, offshore outsourcing, and training programs.

The main goal is to foster innovation, while allowing our community to learn, be inspired, make valuable new business relationships and re-establish old ones. And perhaps even perhaps even influence public policy.

Who should participate? Everyone with an interest in the U.S. healthcare system such as technologists, life-sciences professionals and vendors, medical practitioners, healthcare providers, policy makers, and consultants of all types.

LAVA Healthcare is produced and moderated by Richard Koffler, CEO of Greenwings Biomedical and past president of LAVA. He is also a member of the Tech Coast Angels, an advisor to the California Emerging Technology Fund and board vice-chair of El Centro Latino for Literacy.

Each meeting features a presentations by one a healthcare innovator or investor who believes his/her ideas will have significant effects on the cost and quality of our healthcare system.

Following the short presentation by the innovator, the audience criticizes, applauds, grinds, brainstorms, embellishes, refines, and pokes holes into the idea. There are no panelists or talking heads at the front of the room. The group leads the conversation: Is it a large problem? A small problem? A problem at all? Why is it a problem? What can be done about it? The conversation is directed and textured by the experience and knowledge of every member of the audience who poses questions, tells stories, and proposes answers.

Meetings are governed by five simple rules:

  • Have fun, explore new and old ideas, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
  • Nothing is off topic as long as its about healthcare.
  • No talking-head lectures:
  • Everyone is a panelist.
  • No preset course: The group leads the conversation.
  • Self-promotions and sermons instantly lose the floor at moderator's sole discretion.

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