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Solutions in Sight: Startups, Innovation & the Future of Health and Wellness

Join Founders League, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, and a cast of startup superstars on October 13 at 5pm for up-close view on the role startups play in bringing new solutions into the market. This event is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Making healthcare more affordable and more accessible is vital to our country’s economic future. But how? There may be no silver bullet, but we believe that startups—from early stage innovators to growing companies delivering at large scale—are an important piece of the puzzle.

On October 13, meet Rhode Island-based companies who defied the odds to see their ideas spring to life. Hear first-hand about the challenges and opportunities companies face when entering a complex industry, like the health and wellness arena. And, get perspective from an important player in the space: the insurers. Then, raise a toast and enjoy drinks and refreshments where participants can meet and forge new connections.

The discussion will be moderated by Betaspring Managing Director Melissa Withers and feature:

Rajiv Kumar, President and Chief Medical Officer at Virgin Pulse, has pioneered new approaches to leveraging social connections to enhance employee health and wellbeing. Rajiv was founder of ShapeUp, which was acquired by Virgin Pulse in 2016.

Mark Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at BCBSRI, who provides leadership and strategic direction for RI's largest health insurance provider.

Hannah Chung is co-founder and chief creative officer of Sproutel and the creator of Jerry the Bear, a platform to engage children in play-based healthcare education.

Lee Pichette is a strategy consultant with more than a decade of experience bringing new products to market, most recently as Senior Product Manager at ShapeUp and Director of Communications at Andera.

Emily Levy is CEO and Co-Founder of Mighty Well, a company that makes wellness wear for chronic illness patients. Its first product is the PICCPerfect, a fashionable and functional PICC line cover.

The evening’s Program will be followed by refreshments and a high energy networking session at Aurora, one of Providence’s coolest hang spots.

Registration is free, but space is limited. Please register here to reserve your spot.

“It’s hard for small companies to enter complex markets like healthcare. But once they do, they are a powerful catalyst for change. Even those that don’t succeed often open channels for innovation that are hard for large providers to pursue,” says moderator Melissa Withers, who is also director of the Founders League, a co-sponsor of the event. “This is an amazing panel of people, and I hope we start a conversation that many in the community will want to continue.”


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