We have lined-up Business Mentors, Business Model and Pitch coaches for the teams to help shape their idea and get ready for the final pitches with the judges.
Business Mentors will help you to discover the value proposition of your customer segments and help shape your solution to solve the most important pain points for your customers.
Founder and Managing partner
Fog City Fund
Ms. Olson was a venture capitalist for 25 years. She specialized in early stage investments in medical technology, biotechnology/pharmaceutical and health care. She is the retired founder and managing partner of Fog City Fund, a venture fund founded in 2000 that invested in life science and medical companies. She was previously a general partner at St. Paul Venture Capital and Sequoia Capital. She was a Trustee of the University of California Berkeley Foundation where she has served from 2001-2013. She has served as a Trustee of Hampshire College, a Director of San Francisco Opera Association, and a board member Girl Scouts of San Francisco Bay Area. Ms. Olson received a B.A. in Bacteriology from UC Berkeley and holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business.
Liz Rockett is a Vice President at Imprint Capital and runs the Health practice, helping foundations and wealth managers make impact-focused investments to improve health and care quality, and reduce the burdens of care costs.
Liz’s experience spans the healthcare industry, leading software business lines at Outcome and the Advisory Board Company and serving as interim Director of the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge. She has worked within the TriZetto Group’s innovation group for aligning healthcare incentives, and Kaiser’s prevention and chronic care management teams at the Permanente Medical Group. Liz holds an undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and an MBA and an MPH from the University of California at Berkeley. She serves on the Haas Alumni Council, as a mentor for Springboard Enterprises and Startup Weekend, and as an advisor to several startups.
Center for Connected Health Policy
Kala Haley has worked in health care and health policy-focused nonprofits for over ten years. During her undergraduate career as a linguist at UC Davis, she studied premedical sciences and worked for a surgeon out of sheer curiosity. She was also the fundraising executive for KGD Women’s Premedical Association, which helps undergraduate women prepare for medical school. She later moved to Eugene, Oregon, where she earned master’s degrees in public administration and nonprofit management simultaneously at the University of Oregon, and worked directly under the program director as the marketing associate for both disciplines. Her passion for public health and ease with multisyllabic medical terms led her to intern with the PeaceHealth Foundation as a marketing and communications staff writer and strategic planner. One of her thesis projects, which examined immunization exemption policy and parental reasons for exempting their children, is a sponsored project at the 2013 Oregon Public Health Conference. She holds academic honors for her work in nonprofit marketing and communications. Most recently, she joined the Center for Connected Health Policy, the federally designated National Telehealth Policy Resource Center, as their communications manager. She is currently researching emerging technology use in telemental health, and is proud to serve as a mentor for Hacking Health.
The Center for Connected Health Policy is a project of the Public Health Institute.
Cyrus Stoller is passionate about improving healthcare using technology. After working at the Innovation Center at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Cyrus founded Hazelnut, a platform that turns exercise into charitable giving.
Cyrus is excited to help you craft the most effective demo/pitch. His previous hackathon wins include: AngelHack, the largest in the world, and the Stanford StartX Med Innovation Challenge. Don’t hesitate to ask him for tips on how to build your project.
Cyrus double majored in Computer Science and Math at Swarthmore College; there he was the President of the debate team, and since then has helped coach the Stanford debate team.
Business Model Coaches
Hacking business models is as important as hacking code. Outlining the business model is a quick way to understand whether you have a viable business idea, or simply an interesting (but not marketable) application. Business model innovation is at the core of the Lean Start-up movement and will be one of the central themes of the presentation. Additionally, a critical part of your efforts at Hacking Health, Product Market Fit, is embedded within two elements of the business model canvas. The presentation will show you how to keep product market fit in your sights as you work through the challenges presented.
David Charron is a Senior Fellow and member of the professional faculty at the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at UC Berkeley. He is an experienced entrepreneur including co-founding Scientific Learning Corporation, a publicly-traded neuroscience company based on innovations from UCSF and Rutgers. He has been a principal member of the faculty for Intel Corporation’s Global Technology Entrepreneurship Education project and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps. He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from the Haas School of Business.
Dino is a 2nd year MBA student at UC Berkeley – Haas School of Business, concentrating in Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship. He is a Haas Venture Fellow and a Teaching Assistant for the Business Model Innovation and Entrepreneurial Strategy course at Haas. Additionally, Dino is a Session Manager for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps Accelerator (Bay Area Node) and an Adviser for the UCSF Lean Launchpad for Life Sciences & Healthcare program. He also holds a BSE and MSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan and has work experience ranging from large international organizations (GKN) to small start-up biotechnology firms (Cameron Health – medical device start-up which was recently acquired by Boston Scientific).
Our pitch coaches will be available on Saturday evening between 7-9 pm to help you perfect your pitch ready for final presentations on the Sunday. They will help with story telling and presentation style so that you are able to make your business idea compelling for the judges.
Mediha is a 2nd year MBA student at Haas. She spent this past summer working for Lark technologies, a venture backed startup in the digital health and wellness coaching space. While at Haas, she works part time for Morgenthaler Ventures as a campus liaison, is on the investment team of Dorm Room Fund–a student run seed fund backed by First Round Capital, and is on the executive team of the Berkeley Entrepreneurs Association. She has an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics and a BA in Public Policy from Duke University.
VP Business Development
Luke Johnson currently leads the corporate development of an international health system with $4 billion in revenue, where he maintains responsibility for evaluating joint venture activity and any major deployment of strategic growth capital. Luke has evaluated investments in several segments in the healthcare continuum, including hospitals, insurance plans, medical groups, surgery centers, home health agencies, senior living facilities, urgent care clinics, imaging centers, early stage clinical research, and healthcare information technology. Luke has successfully led transactions ranging in size from $500,000 to more than $600 million with a current investment focus in the US, Mexico, Peru, and Chile. Prior to entering the healthcare sector, Luke worked as a consultant in structured finance, where he evaluated financial institutions and investment banks to support acquisitions and counterparty risk reviews. He is a graduate of Tulane University and is currently a student at Haas School’s Berkeley MBA for Executives program.
Moses Lo has spent the last 3 years at BCG helping Australia’s largest corporations and organizations deal with their most difficult problem. In practice, he’s been making slide decks and presenting information to audiences, summarizing information for presentation to C-suite executives. His belief about life is that everything should be shown in pictures and that a slide deck can truly be beautiful.