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Healthcare Innovation Pitch Competition

This event is a new addition to the 9th Annual HEALTHCARE DEALMAKERS CONFERENCE on 5/25/16 in Dallas, Texas. The conference is the premier forum for healthcare providers and their capital sources and advisors to discuss the opportunities and challenges of dealmaking in the healthcare services marketplace.

Selected companies will present their 5 minute pitch to healthcare services leaders from around the country who understand that innovation and M&A activity are the most significant enablers defining the future of the healthcare industry today.

Why apply?

  • Opportunity to present to as many as 200 venture capital and private equity investors
  • Network with attendees during Day 1 of this invitation-only conference
  • Chance to win the $5,000 pitch prize

The application deadline has passed so submissions are now closed.


We greatly appreciate the pitch competition sponsors:


Axxess is a healthcare technology company with roots firmly embedded in consulting. The company was established in 2007 as a consulting firm specialized in the home healthcare industry. Working with home health agency start-ups and others making the transition from paper- based to electronic medical records (EMR), Axxess built expertise in the areas of compliance, billing and reporting.

In its role as consultant, Axxess identified an unmet need in the industry for technology that is comprehensive, user friendly and scalable. The company assembled a multi-disciplinary team of technology experts, home health agency veterans and home health nurses. This team developed proprietary, web-based software and introduced the groundbreaking AgencyCore™ platform in early 2011. In 2014, the company became the first and only one in its industry to offer a device-agnostic mobile app.

In order to ensure the company’s ability to truly understand the needs of customers (agencies) and end users (medical professionals), all Axxess employees bring a minimum of five years experience in their field, within the home health industry.

Axxess is the only home health software provider accredited by the ANCC (American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association), and is a member of HL7 (Health Level Seven International, the global authority on standards for interoperability of health information technology).

Axxess is a member of the Alliance for Home Health Quality and Innovation (AHHQI), the National Association for Home Care and Hospice (NAHC), and major state associations nationwide.

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Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm’s 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services firms with revenue of $5 billion across core services of agency leasing, asset services, capital markets, facility services (C&W Services), global occupier services, investment & asset management (DTZ Investors), project & development services, tenant representation, and valuation & advisory.


HCK2 Partners (HCK2) is a Dallas-based, full-service, integrated marketing communications agency. In 2014, the Dallas Business Journal ranked HCK2 — a woman-owned business — as the second-largest, independently owned PR firm based on revenue. HCK2’s strategic communications programs keep clients close to their audiences and ahead of the competition with comprehensive media relations campaigns, creative multimedia marketing and innovative interactive solutions.

Founded in 1998, HCK2 develops strategic marketing communications programs in growth industries, including construction, direct sales, energy, financial and business services, health care, non-profit, retail, telecommunications and technology. The agency has a strong track record for helping organizations drive brand awareness, credibility and ultimately, growth. HCK2 works with start-ups, local businesses, non-profits, international enterprises, and everything in between.

As President and CEO, Heather Capps leads HCK2 with more than 20 years of marketing and business management experience. From strategic brand positioning and encouraging a collaborative team culture to overseeing all of the day-to-day operations, she does it all. She was the agency’s first employee back in 1998 and purchased it in 2004, and has been growing the firm ever since. Managing Principal and Public Relations Director, Kenneth Kracmer (a.k.a. K2), has more than 20 years of experience in agency and corporate communications leadership roles. Once a client of HCK2 and now sitting across the table from clients, Kenneth leads the agency’s new business efforts.

HCK2’s dedicated team of marketing professionals are the point-of-difference. The firm’s strong roots in Growth, Charity, Integrity and Balance live through its work each day. The agency’s approach is simple – its ideas are not. Its integrated marketing communications capabilities allow it to partner with companies to serve as a one-stop resource for all marketing needs – now or in the future.  HCK2’s mission to help clients be seen, be heard and be amplified.


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PageSoutherlandPage is known simply as Page. While we continue to do business under our legal name, Page Southerland Page, Inc., our new brand represents the transition to an incoming new generation of leadership and the continuing evolution of our firm as a widely-diversified planner and designer of the built environment. We are the same firm, the same people, and we are still dedicated to our clients and will continue to commit to them the same level of quality service, dedicated work ethic and professional excellence as we always have.

With roots extending back to a two-person partnership formed in 1898 in Austin, Texas, Page is one of the most prolific and enduring architecture and engineering design practices. From offices in Houston, Austin, Dallas, Denver, San Francisco and Washington, DC—as well as international affiliate offices—over 450 Page architects, engineers, interior designers, planners, strategic analysts and technical specialists provide services throughout the United States and in over 50 countries. Our diverse, international portfolio includes projects in the healthcare, academic, government and science and technology sectors, as well as civic, corporate and urban housing projects.

 The Page portfolio consists largely of complex projects that benefit from our integrated disciplines and that make a significant impact on the communities they serve. We are guided by the three core values of creativity, collaboration, and commitment, and through the force of these ideals, we live up to our promise of design that makes lives better.

SevenTablets is a Dallas based mobility solutions (strategy, app development, and analytics) provider, helping companies achieve greater business results from their technology investments. The company is a full-spectrum B2B solutions provider with expertise in developing custom apps for iOS and Android in such a way that maps business needs back to technology. This business first approach and a unique “STAX” methodology cuts time-to-market and cost by 35-40%, thereby enabling businesses to increase revenue, reduce costs, and streamline operational efficiency.


The company has achieved recent success with notable clients including Bell Helicopter, Lockton Dunning, Pan-American Life, and FAS Solutions, among a collection of other esteemed local and international businesses.


SevenTablets was founded in 2012 by award winning entrepreneur and current CEO, Kishore Khandavalli. In 2003, Mr. Khandavalli founded iTech US, an Inc. 500 and five time Inc. 5000 Honoree offering IT consulting, staffing, data services, and business process outsourcing. With offices in New England, Texas, New Jersey, Canada, and India the company has global delivery centers that produce a 95% customer retention rate.