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ATX Aging & Innovation Summit

May 4

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May 4, 2017
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Dell Medical School Health Learning Building (HLB) Auditorium
Admission: $95 (lunch and parking included)
To register, visit the Eventbrite registration site. 

The ATX Aging & Innovation Summit will include entrepreneurs, academics, practitioners
and investors who will:

  • Discuss the newest trends and spotlight some of the most significant innovations in the aging/tech space
  • Explore current and future demand for services and technology in this growing and underserved market
  • Provide an opportunity for entrepreneurs, businesses and investors to engage
  • Create a dynamic forum for entrepreneurs to “pitch” their businesses


REGISTRATION      8:30 am

WELCOME / INTRO    9:00-9:15 am

  • Teresa Sansone Ferguson, Executive Director, AustinUP
  • Mellie Price, Executive Director of Technology Innovation, Dell Medical School

FRAMING THE OPPORTUNITY  (Opening Keynote)      9:15-10:00 am

  • Christopher Callahan, MD, MACP, Director, Indiana University Center for Aging Research

BREAK        10:00-10:15 am

NEWEST INNOVATIONS AND TRENDS (PechaKucha style presentations)       10:15-11:45 am

  • José Colucci, PhD, Director of Research and Development, Design Institute for Health, Dell Medical School
  • David Paydarfar, MD, Chair of Neurology, Dell Medical School and Justin Rousseau, MD, MMSc, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Department of Population Health, Dell Medical School
  • Amy Holloway, President and CEO, Avalanche Consulting
  • Michael Wilson, PhD, Senior Vice President, Meals on Wheels Central Texas
  • Susann Keohane, Global Research Leader, Strategic Initiative on Aging, IBM
  • James Sulzer, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

LUNCH 11:45 am-12:30 pm (included in your registration fee)

BUSINESS PERSPECTIVES      12:30-1:30 pm

  • Steve Vandegrift, CEO, Pipeline Success
  • Jean Anne Booth, CEO and Founder, UnaliWear
  • Char Hu, PhD, CEO, The Helper Bees
  • Sara Taylor, Director of Accountable Care Operations, Seton


  • John Thornborrow, Managing Partner, Austin Impact Capital
  • Kerry Rupp, General Partner, True Wealth Ventures
  • Mike Smerklo, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Next Coast Ventures

CLOSING KEYNOTE    2:15-3:00 pm

  • Jeffrey Makowka, Director of Market Innovation, AARP

EPIC OFFICE HOURS (by Capital Factory at Dell Medical School)    3:00-4:30 pm
Wendy Smith, Director, Health Tech, Capital Factory
Capital Factory’s Epic Office Hours are lightning-speed mentor sessions between experienced investors, business leaders, lawyers and mentors and start-ups working in the aging space.

VALUE ADD: Our community partner, TEN Capital, is planning a conference the day before our event, which is focused on healthcare. The event is geared toward helping start-up and growth-stage Texas-based healthcare companies reach the next level. Investors from across the U.S. will meet with qualified companies in one-on-one sessions. Last year’s event brought 100 companies and 65 investors together for 260 1:1 sessions, resulting in $54M in funding. The event is May 3, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can apply to join the funding forum here.

Event hosts: AustinUP, Dell Medical School

Event sponsors: AARP Texas, Capital Factory, St. David’s Foundation, Google, Westminster Senior Living, Meals on Wheels Central Texas, UnaliWear, Seniorific

Event steering committee/advisors:
Margo Weisz, City Lights Group – Event Chair; Mellie Price, Dell Medical School; Steve Scheibal, Dell Medical School; Sly Majid, Mayor’s Office; Jessica Lemann, AARP; Susann Keohane, IBM; Dennis Cavner, Mission Capital; Eugene Sepulveda, Capital Factory; John Thornborrow, Austin Impact Capital; Hall Martin, TEN Capital Group; Char Hu, The Helper Bees; Jennifer Vickers, Community Investment Corp.

How do I register?
Please register via our Eventbrite site.

Where do I park?
Parking validation is included in the registration fee. However, in order for parking to be validated, you must park in the Health Transformation Garage. See map. Pull a ticket when you enter the garage and bring it with you to the Health Learning Building, where it will be validated at the 1st floor concierge desk.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?
Teresa Ferguson, Executive Director, AustinUP
teresa@austinup.org, 512-963-3191


Dell Medical School Health Learning Building (HLB)
1501 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78701 United States
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