MedHealth Matchmaking Mixer

Reconnect and Build Relationships

This year has created a lot of physical distance in our region’s healthcare innovation ecosystem. MedHealth is determined to narrow this gap through a one-day virtual matchmaking event to help us reconnect. Join us for one-on-one matchmaking opportunities and engaging discussions on how we can overcome healthcare challenges together.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Healthcare innovation purchasers, research institutions, healthcare innovators, entrepreneurial support organizations, and investors

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One-on-one matchmaking and brief educational programming to keep our healthcare ecosystem connected



Presented in Partnership with:

Pure Michigan Business Connect logo
New Economy Initiative logo
William Davidson Foundation logo

Sample of Attending Organizations:


All items subject to change.

TimeAgenda ItemSpeaker(s)Post Event
8:30–8:45 AMOpening Remarks

Paul Riser, Director, Detroit Urban Solutions at TechTown Detroit

Stacey Frankovich, Program Manager, MedHealth

8:45–10:00 AMSelf-scheduled Matchmaking Meetings
10:00–11:00 AMKeynote ConversationRepresentative Brenda Lawrence, U.S Representative 
Lisa McLaughlin, Cofounder and CoCEO, Workit Health
Stacey Frankovich, Program Manager, MedHealth (facilitator)
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11:00 AM–1:30 PMSelf-scheduled Matchmaking Meetings
1:30–2:00 PMMedTech Crossroads

Gene Paranauk, Managing Director, in2being (facilitator)
Deborah Livneh Eng, WECAN Investors
David Weaver, City Side Ventures

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2:00–3:00 PMSelf-scheduled Matchmaking Meetings
3:00–3:30 PMWE-SPARK Health Institute: Enabling Innovative Healthcare Solutions for Windsor-EssexIntroduction: Irek Kusmierczyk, Member of Parliament for Windsor-Tecumseh
Speaker: Dr. Lisa Porter, Executive Director, WE-SPARK Health Institute
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3:30–4:30 PMSelf-scheduled Matchmaking Meetings
4:30–5:00 PMFood for Thought: Opportunities for Healthcare Innovation

Taryn Simon, Director, Henry Ford Health System Innovations
Zain Ismail, Principal Transformation Consultant, Henry Ford Health System

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Join Us for Unique Networking Opportunities to Grow Your Business

Join us for the MedHealth Matchmaking Mixer on Thursday, October 8, where you can engage in unique networking opportunities with other organizations for a 15-minute introductory virtual meeting. You will also have access to livestreamed event content through Brella, an event networking platform that suggests high-quality matches based on mutual needs and allows you to invite others to your conversation.

Once you access Brella, it will suggest high-quality matches based on mutual needs and allow you to invite others. This platform provides the flexibility to manage your schedule and indicate availability to book your virtual meetings.

  • Meet with investors and innovators to evaluate cutting-edge healthcare solutions that may be a match for your organizational goals, research, or purchasing needs
  • Network with peer organizations in the greater health community
  • Connect with promising healthcare technology startups to help grow our region’s healthcare innovation ecosystem
  • Share information on some of your most promising portfolio companies with healthcare purchasers
  • Meet a variety of potential partners, including healthcare organizations, entrepreneurial support organizations, and prospective customers
  • Receive valuable feedback to advance your business strategy or path to commercialization

Make the Best First Impression

We all know that striking a deal or partnership is a multiphase process. Meetings at the MedHealth Matchmaking Mixer are introductory conversations meant to encourage participants to interact and understand the likelihood of a partnership while also providing innovators insightful, real-world feedback. Are you an innovator looking for tips on how to make your meetings count? We’ve got you covered.

Prepare for questions
The landscape for digital health and medical devices is highly competitive, and partners are increasingly interested in products that deliver cost savings for healthcare consumers and provide evidence-based improvements. Remember­–this is a conversation, not a pitch presentation. Consider how your organization would answer the following questions, and be succinct:

    1. Who is the end user of your solution?
    2. What benefit does your solution provide that would interest other attendees?
    3. Where is your solution used?
    4. How much does your solution cost? Who pays for it?
    5. What stage of development is your organization in?
    6. What regulatory stage is your organization in?
    7. What type of support are you seeking (e.g., investment, pilots, user feedback, codevelopment, etc.)?
    8. How will this support help your organization?

Be open to feedback
One of the most challenging aspects of being an entrepreneur is accepting and prioritizing feedback. Because potential partners’ views are important, be sure to listen to their feedback and ask clarifying questions to help you process and transform that information into action. This will help you take your business to the next level.

Have materials ready—just in case
This isn’t a formal pitch meeting, so don’t plan to bring up a slide deck. However, you may want to have an interesting statistic or an image of your product readily available in case it makes sense to show during the conversation.