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Pitch competition part of Temple tech conference

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April 7, 2018
Temple Daily Telegram | Janice Gibbs

The Temple’s Health and Bioscience District is holding a technology conference and pitch competition, “Growing Your Startup From the Ground Up.”

The free conference will be May 4 at Hilton Garden Inn, 1749 Scott Blvd., Temple.

“The Temple Health and Bioscience District supports startups with innovative medical solutions to take ideas from concept to commercialization,” said Tami Annable, executive director of the bioscience district. “This conference is the perfect platform to support the mission of the bioscience district. We’re here to help startups’ concepts come to life.”

A roster of notable speakers in medical technology, medical device, biotechnology and health technology spaces who work with startups and investors are on the agenda.

For the first time, this year’s conference will include a pitch competition for early stage startups in biotechnology and health-related industries.

The first-place winner will receive a $10,000 grant; the second-place winner will receive six months for free rent for an office in the bioscience district incubator, a $3,000 value; and a $2,000 credit toward common laboratory fees. The third-place winner will win lunch with an industry advisor of their choice.

This symposium is important to Temple because there is a great deal of talent, infrastructure and resources in our area regarding health care and life sciences, said Charlie Ayres, vice president of Temple Economic Development Corp.

“This is a very rich environment for startup companies that are specifically in that industry,” Ayres said. “I think the Temple Bioscience District has really been a key catalyst in trying to get some of those companies started.”

It’s important to this community to have some of those types of businesses starting here, with the hopes that the businesses will develop their research that becomes commercialized and they will want to expand here in Temple, he said.

Ayers and Annable will talk for a few minutes on why start-ups should select Temple to grow their business.

Topics during the conference include: Idea to Success by Gregg Fairbrothers, founder, board member and chairman of active technology companies and two nonprofit agencies; How to Protect Your Idea? by Tamsen Valoir, who focuses her practice on intellectual property and Food and Drug Administration regulation in the life sciences; Prototyping Development and Testing — What are the Pros and Cons by Aaron Ali, CEO and co-founder of MetroMarket. He has guided countless health care and life sciences initiatives to success; A funding panel, “What is Best for You and How to Approach?” will be made up of Christine Horton, Michael Norman and David Reid; Commercialization by Paul Hofemann, who is chief business officer of Concurrent Design; and Anatomy of Entrepreneur by Curtis Sprouse, CEO and president of Eureka Connect.

Ten individuals will be selected to pitch their ideas — Growing Your Startup From the Ground Up — a competition for early stage startups in the biotechnology/health-related industries.

Those wanting to pitch an idea should submit application to pitch by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 4. Applications are online at: bit.ly/THBDpitchcompetition.

For information, call Annable at 254-935-3963.

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