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2015 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition will deliver its most comprehensive offerings for the startup and investment communities to date.  This year’s lineup will include the 9th annual Venture+ Forum, a new Startup Boot Camp and an expanded Startup Showcase featuring 200 companies.

“We have created a comprehensive platform for entrepreneurs, startups, the investment community and other key parties, to inspire innovation, fuel collaboration and reinvent health as only entrepreneurs can,” said Richard Scarfo, vice president, Personal Connected Health Alliance at HIMSS. “From cutting-edge presentations and interactive exhibits to industry competitions and special events, HIMSS15 is creating a valuable environment to deliver the knowledge, tools and contacts for startup success.”

Venture+ Forum , taking place Sunday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place in Chicago, will spotlight 20 health startups selected to pitch their solutions to a panel of experts from accelerators and active investors. Investment and emerging business panels, thought leadership presentations and a networking luncheon and reception will round out the Venture+ Forum events.  Venture+ Forum is sponsored by Howard Burde Health Law, LLC, Mountain Summit Advisors and Ziegler.

Startup Boot Camp , launching this year at HIMSS15, offers entrepreneurs a unique peer-to-peer networking and coaching experience with investors, healthcare providers and other industry thought leaders. Co-hosted by StartUp Health, this intensive, hands-on event for entrepreneurs will feature strategies for building a successful business, expert advice on industry funding trends and tips for increasing the equity value of a startup. Startup Boot Camp will take place Monday, April 13 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

Startup Showcase will now be part of the newly launched HX360 Pavilion. This three-day exhibition at HIMSS15 will explore the adoption and implementation of next generation technologies to solve key challenges faced by health systems today. Startup Showcase will spotlight 200 innovative startup and early stage companies using new technologies to address these healthcare challenges.  SRG Technology has joined as the first sponsor of the Startup Showcase.

HX360, taking place April 13-15, will feature programming and a unique, interactive ‘in-the-round’ exhibit experience, including an Accelerator Hub for business-building accelerators and incubators, and the new Marketplace and Games for Health innovation galleries. In addition, the first HX360 Innovation Challenge will recognize companies that are making the most significant contributions to improving patient experience relative to hospitals and health systems.

HIMSS15 will gather more than 38,000 health IT professionals and 1,200 exhibiting companies from around the world, April 12-16, for a week of education, networking and the latest technology solutions.

Venture+ Forum CALL FOR PITCH APPLICATIONS: To learn more, submit an entry by Feb. 21, visit http://www.himssconference.org/networking/venture-plus/apply.

GENERAL REGISTRATION for HIMSS15:  Registration for HIMSS15 is now open. Visit www.himssconference.org.

GENERAL REGISTRATION for HX360:  Registration for HX360 is also open. Visit www.hx360.org.

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