For the Love of Entrepreneurship

February 27, 1PM-7PM at RISD Chace Center

Join MedMates at RISD ‘For the Love of Entrepreneurship’, connecting entrepreneurs from pre-funded and early-stage startups with successful entrepreneurs and advisors who are able to offer guidance and support. Hear presenters pitch their healthcare technology business ideas and two panels discuss funding and management strategies. This event is an opportunity to share ideas and pool resources that will help people with great ideas succeed in starting a business. Plus, plenty of time to network with others who are working to improve healthcare through devices, IT, pharmacology, medical foods and services.


Who should attend:

  • MedMates members and prospective members
  • Researchers, zero-stage and early-stage entrepreneurs who are seeking guidance, funding and support to help their dream become a reality
  • Engineering, medical and bioscience students looking for inspiration
  • Investors and entrepreneurs looking for the next “big” idea and who want to help launch RI startups
  • Members of the business, higher-education and public sector communities interested in connecting with Rhode Island’s emerging health-tech economy

Event Agenda:

  • 1:00 - 1:30 PM - Registration
  • 1:30 - 1:45 PM - Welcome
  • 1:45 - 2:45 PM - Presentations
  • 2:45 - 3:15 PM - Networking/break
  • 3:15 - 4:15 PM - Panel: The Founder’s Challenge
  • 4:15 - 4:45 PM - Networking/break
  • 4:45 - 5:45 PM - Presentations
  • 5:45 - 7:00 PM - Reception & networking
  • 7:00 - 10:00 PM - Museum is open late - Enjoy!


The Founder’s Challenge: Building your business to maximize value

3:15 - 4:15 PM, Moderated by: Daniel Behr - President and Co-founder, HotHouse Medical, Managing Partner, Seed Partners & Venture Synthesis

From startup to growing venture, raising money and managing your business can be a challenge. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. A panel of experienced investors and entrepreneurs will discuss the key steps necessary to ensure success and create value, including strategies for funding your venture, what to look for when structuring a deal, telling your story, building your team, the skills and resources you’ll need, managing yourself, working with co-founders, and managing risk.


  • Bill Cesare, Serial Entrepreneur, COO
  • Bob Rabiner, Founder & Chief Technical Officer, IlluminOss Medical
  • Gary Robinson, CEO, Principal Of PhaseDesign Research
  • Tim Ehrlich, Co-founder and administrative manager Ocean state angels
  • George Trutza, President, Broncus Medical, Inc.


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