(Photo by Jason Tashea)
Last night was DreamIt Ventures’ Speed Pitch event in Baltimore. Located at the DreamIt Health Baltimore office in Power Plant Live, four entrepreneurs from Baltimore and D.C. came to pitch their ideas to the managing directors of DreamIt New York and DreamIt Health Baltimore.
DreamIt New York Managing Director Andrew Ackerman said he is usually looking for someone with experience in a startup and an undeniable work ethic. “We’re looking for hustlers,” Ackerman said.
Here’s who he had to pick from:
- MD Scores
Already with a successful data startup, HD Scores, Matthew Eierman is looking to build on his successful model with a new data set. Eierman wants to take Medicare quality health data, which includes the quality of every doctor, hospital and nursing home, and provide the information in a simple user interface. The information could, for example, help a customer improve their knowledge of the quality of specific surgeries at local hospitals. The data could also rate suppliers and device companies to help medical service providers improve their business.
- Sliding Edge
Sarah Hoff wants to make toothpaste more accessible for those with dexterity problems. She designed a one-handed, sliding closure device that would not require the user to have a grip. Intended to replace spin-off caps, Hoff envisions that the same device could be used with other products.
Babs Lee and her team at Kilo want you to be able to touch the internet. “We want to create a new immersive experience,” said Lee. “It’s behavior changing.” She then swiped her screen to show that she is petting a dog and the dog reacts as if being pet. The app, which is available in the Google Play store, could have numerous applications from improving MRI navigation to online shopping to sports replays. The program works either on a touch screen or through gesture with the right hardware. The Kilo team is looking to develop an iOS version.
Olayinka Akinhanmi wants to bring back the house call. Dubbed UberDoctor, Akinhanmi’s app provides cost-effective, on-demand nurses to patients at the drop of a Google Maps pin. Akinhanmi reasons that the 92 million visits to the emergency room a year in the U.S. include millions of unnecessary trips. Providing nurse practitioners to those in non-emergency needs would save both the individual and hospitals money.
At the end of the night, after the beer and pizza were gone, Ackerman reflected on the four pitches, “Most were early in their process, there’s a couple of good candidates as they prove their model over time.”
He took a beat and said, “We’re looking for diamonds. Luckily, we don’t need to wait 10,000 years, so we will see where these ideas are in a few months.”-30-
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