ATX Aging & Innovation Summit

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Dell Medical School - Health Learning Building (HLB)

1501 Red River Street

Austin, TX 78701

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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


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) 9:15-10:15 am

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

NEWEST INNOVATIONS AND TRENDS (PechaKucha style presentations) 10:30 am-Noon

  • 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
  • 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 Noon-12:45 pm (included in your registration fee)


  • 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 2:20-2:50 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.

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Event sponsors:

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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

Are there other community partners who helped plan this event?
Yes! We're proud to have worked with the following 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.

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.

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1501 Red River Street

Austin, TX 78701

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