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LAVA Healthcare: 2nd Annual Pitch Fest - Part 2
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LAVA Healthcare: 2nd Annual Pitch Fest - Part 2

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: Thursday, November 21, 2013
6:00PM to 9:00PM
Where: Arizona State University California Center
725 Arizona Street
Santa Monica, California  90401
United States
Contact: Richard Koffler
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By popular demand, we're having another pitch fest this year following the hyper-successful Part 1 in August, which was oversubscribed and had one of the highest attendances ever of LAVA Healthcare.
Also by popular demand, it will be an evening event.
Event format: Ten selected entrepreneurs make 3-minute pitches on how their products or services will change the world of healthcare, followed by five minutes of insight, feedback and comments from the audience.
Open to projects and ventures at all stages, from pencil-and-paper to in-revenue. Submit your application to pitch 

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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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