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How to tell your digital health startup's story in 3 minutes or less

Communicating the essence of your startup in two, three or even five minutes may seem impossible, but as pitch contests and accelerator demo days continue to multiply, it's an important skill for an entrepreneur to have.

on Oct. 13, 2014
Category:  Growth 
Definition: Elevator pitch

With an elevator pitch, an entrepreneur should be able to articulate their business concept in 30 seconds or less.

on May 14, 2014
Category:  Ideation 
4 things startups should judge VC firms on

Last month we looked at what turns investors off of biotech startups. But what about venture capital firms? When it comes to healthcare investing, what signs should alert startups, or for that matter the members of a VC firm, that the firm is stuck in a time warp?

on December 11, 2013
Category:  Creation 
New eMed white paper: business model canvas

Getting on the right path from the beginning is a key to an entrepreneur's success.

on September 23, 2013
Category:  Ideation  Execution  Growth 
5 ideas to think about before starting to fundraise

Panelists at Great Lakes Venture Fair in Cleveland doled out some tips for budding entrepreneurs getting ready to do their first round of fundraising. On the panel were Jon Snyder, president and CEO of Cleveland neurostimulation company Neuros Medical; Kevin Mendelsohn, vice president of finance and corporate development for CardioInsight Technologies; Art Fritts, president and CEO of nanotechnology company NanoSperse; and Lisa Novelli, president and CEO of National Composite Center. Here's a quick rundown of what they suggested entrepreneurs think about before they raise any money.

on August 21, 2013
Category:  Ideation  Creation 
Avoid common mistakes with these 6 negotiating tips

Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists don't always speak the same language, metaphorically speaking, but they do share common goals. VC deals, then, should be considered a matter of cooperation.

on August 5, 2013
Category:  Creation  Execution 
From company name to investment, Venture-Med Angels advise startups

After two decades of clinical practice, a couple of healthcare startups and a handful of angel investing networks, Jose Bolanos noticed a few things about the process of medical innovation. First, venture capitalists were struggling in healthcare and were moving toward later-stage investments. Secondly, physicians were self-funding a lot of their projects. And third, many angel groups that weren't focused on healthcare struggled to understand HIPAA and FDA regulations and reimbursement issues, which are crucial pieces in the due diligence process and just as crucial for the companies to understand.

on July 29, 2013
Category:  Ideation  Creation 
eMed's 6 to follow in entrepreneurship

Check out who made the list for eMed's 6 to follow in entrepreneurship this week

on July 26, 2013
Category:  Creation  Execution  Growth  Ideation 
Three things startups should avoid when talking to investors

People who advise entrepreneurs over a decent chunk of time tend to have the kind of world-weary perspective you’d expect from someone who has seen so many startups succeed or fail. They know what can scupper investment opportunities and turn off potential investors.

on July 24, 2013
Category:  Creation  Growth 
Successful speech tips for life science entrepreneurs

I still remember how red-face frustrated one of my seed investors was after hearing my pitch to another investor in Month One of the business. "It's a process," he repeatedly said out loud - and I am pretty sure he was talking to himself.

on July 17, 2013
Category:  Creation 
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