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JumpStart Foundry Launches New Healthcare Conference

Andrew Bouldin

According to the Nashville Business Journal:

Jumpstart Foundry is solidifying its new focus on health care with the launch of an inaugural conference on innovation, Health:Further.

The conference, which planners aim to host annually, will be held Aug. 19-20 at the Omni Nashville. It will build on Jumpstart's annual investor day for the accelerator's graduating class, according to a news release.

"We are incredibly excited to bring together diverse people from around the country to cross- pollinate ideas and use innovation to make healthcare better for patients, families, doctors, employers, and payors. It should be a lot of fun," Vic Gatto, CEO of Jumpstart Foundry, said in the news release.

As we reported last month, Jumpstart is expanding through the use of additional satellite locations, some of which have already been identified. Earlier this month, Gatto was named to The Upstart 100, a feature compiled by sister publication Upstart Business Journal highlighting entrepreneurs and businesspeople making waves across the country.
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The following are excerpts from JSF's news release:

Health:Further will bring established healthcare companies, healthcare startups, and venture capitalists together to engage in a conversation about the ways in which new innovation is shaping the future of the healthcare industry. The conference topics will be sorted into three distinct tracks: technology innovations, business model innovations & startup innovations. While Health:Further will show off the graduates of JSF's summer accelerator in the startup track, this will not be the entire focus of the event. Attendees will see the innovations impacting healthcare from every side of the industry. Health:Further's speaker schedule will feature healthcare industry experts and investors. In addition to speakers and breakout sessions,

Health:Further will host an exhibition of emerging technologies changing the healthcare industry.

Health:Further is supported by several of Nashville's prominent trade organizations.

The Nashville Health Care Council boasts just under 300 diverse member organizations, and celebrates 20 years in 2015 of supporting Nashville's dynamic health care industry. Caroline Young, president of the Council, speaks about members' efforts to take advantage of the newest technologies. "During this time of rapid change in our health care industry, our members are focused on developing new innovations and, bringing better outcomes to patients. Health:Further will offer a one-of-a-kind opportunity to show off these cutting-edge trends, as well as see technologies emerging from the entrepreneurial community."

The Nashville Technology Council's membership includes more than 400 established technology companies, many of which are currently innovating in the healthcare space. Bryan Huddleston, CEO of the Nashville Technology Council speaks about Health:Further. "Nashville is a growing innovation network of educational institutions, tech companies ranging from startups to established businesses, and our best asset: the people. This event will be a great finish to the nation's best healthcare accelerator while also highlighting the best of what our entire technology community has to offer."

Finally, the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, which serves as the city's front door for entrepreneurship, provides advocacy and support for the city's startups. EC President and CEO Michael Burcham on Nashville's healthcare startup community. "Healthcare innovation is the most impactful entrepreneurial opportunity of our generation, and we're in the best city in the country to start something that will really make a difference for patients, providers, and employers. We're excited to get to work in this space every day, and I'm personally excited to see Nashville's healthcare innovations featured at Health:Further."

More information on Health:Further can be found at