Founder's Stories: NY Health Tech Startups Meetup Series

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 18:30
NY Health Tech Startups
New York


We’re kicking off the Spring 2017 Meetup season with a great event at Knotel in Midtown Manhattan (with free food and drinks!).  Our event features three successful healthcare technology startup founders speaking about how they got their ideas, found their cofounders/early team members, started their companies and got their businesses off the ground:

April Koh (Founder and CEO of Spring)

Nathan Ie (Founder and CEO of Parable Health)

Matt Loper (Co-Founder and CEO of Wellth)

The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Hajj (Sachs Policy Group), an expert in New York State Healthcare and the Health Tech Space.


Hello NY Health Tech Startup members! We know it has been a while but we are officially reinvigorating this group with a series of interactive Meetups centered around the various steps needed to create a successful Health Tech Startup. These will include Meetups related to founding stories, fundraising, customer acquisition, etc. Each Meetup in the series will feature 3-4 HealthTech industry experts, ranging from founders to VCs. The format of these Meetups will vary, ranging from engaging panel discussions to interactive workshops.

With that said, our first event in the series will be an amazing panel centered on the topic of “Founder’s Stories”. The event is great for anyone who is interested in starting their own Health Tech Startup, looking to break into the Health Tech Startup scene, hearing from some amazing founders and industry experts, and meeting other Health Tech enthusiasts like yourself!

We are excited to have Matt Loper (Co-Founder and CEO of Wellth), Nathan Ie (Founder and CEO of Parable Health), and April Koh (Founder and CEO of Spring), three successful HealthTech entrepreneurs, to come speak about their founding stories. The panel will be moderated by Jennifer Hajj (Sachs Policy Group), an expert in New York State health care and the Health Tech Space.

After the event, you will be able to:

• Understand how three successful Health Tech founders came up with the idea for their companies

• Learn how to find a co-founder/early team members for a Health Tech Startup

• Hear about the obstacles that Health Tech Startups face in their early stages and how to overcome them

• Meet some amazing Health Tech Startup founders and other NY Health Tech enthusiasts!

The event is FREE for everyone, so please RSVP for the event by Friday, April 21st. We look forward to seeing everyone and kicking off the series!!


6:30-7:00pm: Networking, drinks, and hors d’oeuvres

7:00-8:00pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A

8:00-8:30pm: Networking


Jennifer Hajj

Policy Advisor, Sachs Policy Group (Moderator)

Since joining Sachs Policy Group (SPG) in 2006, Ms. Hajj has specialized in New York State (NYS) healthcare policy, strategy, and analysis. Through her work at SPG, Ms. Hajj consults with a diverse set of clients including hospitals, nursing homes, health and human service agencies, health plans, labor unions, and technology companies. Areas of focus include public policy, strategic planning, reimbursement, program design, and implementation.

Sachs Policy Group is a boutique consulting firm that advises health care leaders on the direction healthcare is heading in the states and across the nation. SPG provides clients with unique, personalized strategies to achieve success in a fast-changing healthcare environment.

Matthew Loper

Co-Founder and CEO, Wellth

Matt is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wellth. Before founding Wellth, Matt worked as a healthcare investment banker at Goldman Sachs and healthcare investor at OrbiMed Advisors. It was while working at these companies that Matt came up with the idea for Wellth. Matt realized that while the shift to Value-Based Care aligned incentives for payers and providers, it left out a key stakeholder in the equation: the patient. Specifically, Matt knew that in order for VBC to succeed, we needed to focus on aligning patient incentives as well. Combining his interest in behavioral economics with his expertise in healthcare, Matt founded Wellth in order to improve patient outcomes in an increasingly value-based healthcare environment by using incentives to improve patients’ adherence to treatment plans.  Matt received his BS in Biological Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Wellth is a health technology company that helps patients with chronic diseases change their behaviors so they get better faster. We apply behavioral economics through scalable technology to achieve better adherence, engagement, and health. At the same time, we also improve care manager efficiency so they can deliver more effective, higher touch care.  

Nathan Ie

Founder and CEO, Parable Health

Nathan Ie is a former Google Product Manager and Harvard MBA grad, with a background in product management, software development, sales, and operations. After leading projects in customer engagement and integrations for Google’s Enterprise division, Nathan decided to bring his skillset to the digital health space (a passion of his that arose out of caring for a parent for the greater part of the past 15 years). Nathan received his BS in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine.

Parable Health is an NYC-based digital health company focused on reducing the human and financial cost of wound care through standardization and automation across the continuum of wound care.

April Koh

Founder and CEO, Spring

April Koh is founder and CEO of Spring. April dropped out of Yale her junior year to found her first start-up, Spylight. April raised $5M of seed capital for Spylight and launched the product on the front pages of Reddit, ProductHunt, and Elite Daily. April founded her second venture Spring with the inventor of Spring’s proprietary technology, Adam Chekroud, and friend Abhishek Chandra with the mission to eliminate trial-and-error in behavioral healthcare. April is deeply passionate about mental health: in her free time, April serves on the board of the APA’s Innovation Lab and volunteers for Crisis Text Line as a crisis counselor.

Spring improves behavioral health outcomes by using machine-learning to personalize patient care. Based on peer-reviewed and published research in leading journals, Spring’s technology analyzes clinical data and provides clinicians with patient-specific treatment recommendations and information that enables exceptional care.



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