Money Matters: Get your startup funded outside Silicon Valley | Health 2.0

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  • Funding a business venture in the healthcare and technology arena can be a difficult and daunting task, especially when you don’t share a zip code with eager Silicon Valley venture capitalists. We will shed light on the many other viable methods for securing capital. From angel investors and venture capitalto securing grants, contracts, crowdfunding, and leveraging a bootstrap, there is a way to attract the right funds to your business.

    Join us as we discuss the financing options available for those launching healthcare startups in an environment marked by late-adopters, risk aversion, and conservative principles. We will discuss how to overcome these challenges and navigate your company onto a financial course that is aligned with its vision and goals.

    Our thought-leaders panel of finance professionals in the healthcare industry will lead the discussion, covering topics on how to position your company in the best light for investors to the ins and outs going into ventures. Come prepared with an open mind and questions for our industry insiders!

    Thought Leaders Include:

    Juliana Garaizar | Managing Director, Houston Angel Network (HAN). Juliana will provide valuable insight into the world of angel investing and how startups can position their companies for maximum impact in the funding process. Juliana is a Kauffman Fellow who has served as the Manager of the Sophia Business Angels (SBA) network in the French Riviera, International Trade Consultant in Singapore, Project Manager of several EU Commission Projects, and is currently active as the President of SBA's ISF Holding and Expert Committee Member of Success Europe (EBAN's Best European Early Stage Fund 2010). Juliana obtained an MBA at the London Business School, specializing in Entrepreneurship. We look forward to her unique international perspective on how the interests of angel investors and healthcare and medical ventures can be aligned. Learn more about HAN at:

    Charles Capers | Financial Consultant, University of Houston Bauer College Small Business Development Center (UH SBDC). Charles is a business advisor with UH SBDC.  He is a graduate of the Ohio University School of Business, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance, with a minor in marketing.  Mr. Capers has over twenty years of experience in commercial banking, portfolio management, and client service.  He has worked as a vice-president for some of Houston’s largest financial institutions, with a focus on small business and community based banking, and has been involved for many years with various chambers of commerce and community  organizations.  At the UH SBDC, Charles works with entrepreneurs and business owners seeking capital to start or expand their business.  He is extremely knowledgeable about SBA loan programs, conventional lending and non-traditional funding sources. Learn more about UH SBDC at

    David Franklin | Co-founder & Managing Director, Houston Health Ventures (HHV). David has over 10 years of experience in business management consulting, corporate strategy, operations, marketing, business development, sales, and venture capital. He currently serves as Executive Vice President at Consumer Media Network (CMN), LLC, a lead generation company. Previously, David was Co-founder and Managing Partner at DCF Ventures, LLC. DCFV provided feasibility analyses, market analyses, company incorporation, university licensing, startup consulting, interim management, grant writing, and fundraising services. In this role, David also served as CEO pro tem for CytoScale Diagnostics, LLC, RadMit Pharma, LLC and FloVision, LLC. David holds his MBA from UCLA Anderson where he was a Venture Capital, Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), and Technology and Innovation Partners (TIP) fellow. David received his B.S.E. in Bio-Medical & Electrical Engineering with minors in Economics & Chemistry from Duke University. We look forward to learning how strategic ventures and partnerships benefit startup endeavors. Learn more about HHV at

    Kim Bond Evans | Co-founder & CEO, Seremedi, Inc. Kim  has more than 15 years of management, information technology, marketing and business development experienced. Kim is co-founder and CEO of Seremedi, Inc. an early stage digital health company providing physicians and their patients mobile guided care enabling successful adherence of complex treatment plans minimizing health crises and healthcare costs. She also is co-founder and Chairman of TechStreet Houston a non-profit organization focused on cultivating smart communities. Previously, she served as the President of Blue Lance and the CEO of Secure Vantage Technology, Inc. where she was responsible for leading product directions and business strategies. She has successfully lead corporate operations, R&D, sales, marketing, business development and M&A for large and start-up companies such as Microsoft, BMC Software and Covasoft. Kim holds a Bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University. She completed the Wharton executive management program as a member of the Microsoft leadership team. Kim is very active in the startup community, serving as a judge at the distinguished Rice Business Plan competition; a coach for fast track early stage companies at SXSW Interactive and AARP, and on several boards and organizations. We are looking forward to hearing her share insights from her most recent round of funding. Learn more about Seremedi at

    Jacob Setterbo, Ph.D. | Director of Grants, Paradigm Partners.Dr. Jacob Setterbo helps life science companies obtain non-dilutive funding in his role as Director of Grants. He focuses on small business grants (SBIR/STTRs) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He has provided consultation and technical writing for various therapeutic areas across the spectrum of NIH’s interests, including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health, and health care delivery. He assists with experimental design and commercialization components of each project. He regularly vets early-stage companies with respect to innovation and commercial potential to determine their applicability for grants and angel funding. As part of this process, he evaluates business plans, market analyses, existing literature, patent portfolios, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) meeting minutes. He has also served as a reviewer for the Texas Emerging Technology Fund and for multiple journal articles. He received a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more about Paradigm Partners at

    Pascal Watty | CEO, First Genesis, Inc. As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Watty plays a critical role in development and management of new markets for the company.  From 1996 to present, his focus has been on strategic planning, new business development, financial management, operations, and overseeing the vision for First Genesis, Inc.  He has a unique ability to motivate the spirit of individuals to share his focus on quality and integrity.  His contribution over the years has undoubtedly positioned the company for growth year after year. He has received training on Understanding Financial Statements, Business Administration, and International Business; and received his baccalaureate degree in Government from The University of Texas at Austin. He supports entrepreneurs and small businesses in the Houston area, serving on the technology advisory board of the Houston Minority Supplier Development Council. Learn more about First Genesis at


    Sandra Ozigbo, MHA will serve as event moderator. She is a healthcare consultant for a private rehab practice in West Houston. She received her Masters in Healthcare Administration from Texas Woman's University and Bachelors in Health Education from the University of Houston. Feel free to send her any comments or questions you would like presented to the panel and feel will benefit attendees and spark meaningful discussion. Her email is 

    Bring plenty of business cards to network and share! 

    Light refreshments and drinks will be served

    Parking Details: $5 parking in garage on 1910 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002 and 2-hour metered street parking available. Please note: parking at nearby establishments (Mr. Peeples) will result in towing and large sized vehicles are advised to come early and secure street parking.

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  Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. As such, the city offers tremendous opportunity to translate theories about how technology can improve healthcare into practice. Health 2.0 Houston aims to: facilitate collaboration between healthcare stakeholders; promote the adoption of promising technologies that make ...


Houston is home to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. As such, the city offers tremendous opportunity to translate theories about how technology can improve healthcare into practice. Health 2.0 Houston aims to:

  • facilitate collaboration between healthcare stakeholders;

  • promote the adoption of promising technologies that make healthcare more effective, affordable and accessible; and

  • showcase health-related technology in the Greater Houston area.

Health 2.0 Houston hosts speakers, code-a-thons and other events. The group welcomes entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, medical professionals, developers, policy makers and anyone interested in using technology to improve healthcare.

Health 2.0 Houston is a chapter of the national Health 2.0 organization, a worldwide movement of people who want to revolutionize healthcare and improve health outcomes by using technology to empower patients, medical professionals and other stakeholders in health.

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Wed, Aug. 19, 2015
7 p.m. - 8 p.m. US/Central


Houston Technology Center
410 Pierce Street
Houston, Texas 77002
United States