Autotransfusion, telemedicine for nutrition, Epic alumni part of DreamIt Health Baltimore’s 2nd class

via Stephanie Baum of Med City News Improving patient handoffs, autotransfusion, Epic alumni and a couple of women-led startups figure into DreamIt Health Baltimore‘s second class of early stage healthcare companies. They will also be the first to occupy its permanent office at a new shared working space. In a phone interview with DreamIt Ventures Managing Director Jason Hardebeck, he noted that the accelerator has added new partners — University of Maryland in Baltimore, including its medical school, and The Abell Foundation. He added that DreamIt’s Baltimore headquarters would be in Power Plant Live! in Mosaic Building 113. It will be an anchor tenant at the 16,000 square foot shared workspace facility in the Inner Harbor. Here’s a brief look at the six companies taking part in the healthcare accelerator’s four month program: Continue...

LevelUp Nabs First National Merchant, Plans to Go After Big Brands in 2012

by Dan Rowinski Mobile payments solution LevelUp is ringing in the new year with some big news in an attempt to grow into a leading mobile payments provider. The SCVNGR-owned platform has bagged its first big brand. LevelUp is teaming with Villa Pizza, a national pizza chain with more than 400 locations, to use smartphones, deals and QR codes to entice users to pay with their mobile devices. Continue...

Lebanese Wharton Students Create a New Way to Connect with Friends

By Souhail Khoury Ever wonder where the biggest on campus party is happening, or what is the hottest spot your friends are going to? If you are a person who likes social gatherings and meeting up with friends and even friends of friends then Oneaway might be the perfect app for you. So What is Oneaway? Oneaway is a mobile application that notifies the user about the connections he has with the people around and allows him to interact with them in real time. Continue...

Paging emerging health IT startups: DreamIt Ventures wants (to find) you

Why haven’t you seen more health IT companies accepted into DreamIt Ventures East Coast accelerators? DreamIt doesn’t know where to find them. “Health IT is interesting to us, but it’s never been part of our proactive recruiting strategy because we do not know where to source them,” said managing partner Kerry Rupp. “We do the technology meetups and recruit at entrepreneur clubs. If we knew about more opportunities in the health IT space, we would love to have more applicants from that pool.” Continue Reading→...

Make Your Company Culture Go The Distance

Fun and games course through the heart of the SCVNGR company culture. Visit one of our offices, and you’ll probably be hit by a Nerf dart while you’re walking down the hall. And the presence of so many grown men and women on Razor scooters might initially throw you for a loop. But one thing that transcends the pandemonium of our office is the fact that we work really, really hard. We just happen to have ton of fun while we’re hard at work. As offices for the SCVNGR team’s latest venture, LevelUp, surfaced in New York, Philadelphia,  and San Francisco, so did a pressing question: how can we make our company culture translate across state lines? Continue reading...

Entrepreneur’s Corner: ElectNext

via Wharton Journal An interview with Keya J. Dannenbaum, Founder & Chief Executive Officer What is ElectNext?   ElectNext is a political matching website that wants to help you vote, and vote well, all the way down to your ballot.  If you’re a voter, you know the frustration of Election Day – you go out to the polls, you’re ready to rock the vote, you know exactly who you want for president, and casting your ballot is the only thing standing between you and the coveted “I Voted” sticker.  Until you walk into that booth and take a look at your ballot. It’s three pages long, dense with people and offices you’ve never heard of and you don’t know what to do.  Most people in this situation vote heuristically, by political party; arbitrarily, by searching for names that they like or sound familiar; or they don’t vote at all.  We want to change that.   ElectNext matches you to your candidates in a straightforward process.  We ask you: which issues are most important to you?  Where you stand on those issues?  And, along with your location, we can show you how you align to all the candidates running in all your elections.  It’s kind of like eHarmony for voters. Continue...