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Growing Your Startup From the Ground Up: Annual Medtech Conference and Pitch Competition Community

  • Hilton Garden Inn Temple
  • 1749 Scott Boulevard
  • Temple, TX 76504
  • May 4, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 AM to 3:45 PM
  • Price: Free

Join us for the Temple Health & Bioscience District's (THBD) annual medical technology conference and pitch competition, Growing Your Startup From the Ground Up on Friday, May 4!

THBD is proud to host the annual conference each May as a resource for those seeking startup assistance and networking. The conference is and always will be free to attend. See below for the agenda. Speaker topics and panels walk through every step of a startup's early stages from concept to commercialization:

• 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.: Idea to Success // Gregg Fairbrothers, President, Recover Together, Inc. DBA as Groups
• 8:50 - 9:15 a.m.: IP/Patents - How to protect your idea? // Tamsen Valoir, Partner, Boulware Valoir
• 9:20 - 9:45 a.m.: Early Stage Startups - Why Temple? // Charley Ayres, Vice President Temple Economic Development Corporation and Tami Annable, Executive Director, Temple Heath & Bioscience District
• 9:50 - 10:15 a.m.: Networking Break
• 10:20 - 10:45 a.m.: Prototyping, Development and Testing - What are the pros and cons? // Dr. Aaron Ali, CEO & Co-Founder MedtoMarket, Inc.
• 10:50 - 11:35 a.m.: Funding Panel: What is best for you and how to approach? // Moderator: Anita Leffel, CEO & Founder Silver Founder Academy, Panelists: Christine Horton, Senior Executive, DevicePharm Inc., Michael Norman, CEO GBDbio, David Reid, Executive Director, Baylor Angel Network
• 11:40 - 12:05 a.m.: Commercialization // Paul Hofemann, Chief Business Officer, Concurrent Design, Inc.
• 12:10 - 12:55 a.m.: LUNCH and Networking
• 1:00 - 1:45.: KEYNOTE - Anatomy of an Entrepreneur // Curtis Sprouse, President & CEO, EurekaConnect, LLC
• 1:50 - 2:50 p.m.: Pitch Competition 10 pitches (5 min. per pitch)
• 2:50 - 3:20: Networking with Startups
• 3:25 - 3:40 Results of competition and closing remarks

In addition to networking with key industry contacts, you’ll hear from notable, experienced speakers in the medical technology, medical device, biotechnology and healthtech space who work with startups and investors. For the first time this year, the conference will include a pitch competition for early stage startups in the biotechnology/health-related industries. The first-place prize winner will receive $10,000, second place will receive six months free rent for an office in the Temple Health & Bioscience District incubator ($3,000 value) plus $2,000 credit toward Common Laboratory Fees, and third place will win lunch with an industry advisor of their choice. See below for entry guidelines.

Located in the growing biotech corridor of Texas, THBD is a not-for-profit incubator offering a 5,000-square-foot office and laboratory facility for startups and researchers in biotech/health-related fields. Startup companies housed by THBD have access to ample resources, seed funding, state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, mentorship, and networking with local collaborators.

Pitch Competition Applications:
Calling all biotech/health-related startups! Please submit your application to pitch by 11:59 p.m. CT on April 4, 2018. Find the application online here:

Please email THBD Executive Director Tami Annable at with any questions or to learn more about THBD. Also visit for more information.

Growing Your Startup From the Ground Up: Annual Medtech Conference and Pitch Competition
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  • Hilton Garden Inn Temple
  • Free