Summer Internship with a Startup in Healthcare Technology

dreamithealthHealthcare Tech. What exactly is it and what’s all the buzz about? Before this summer, I’ll admit, I thought of this market space as something entirely made up of industry leaders who know so much about insurance and legislature that I wouldn’t even be able to keep up with a basic conversation.

Moreover, it’s something I pictured happening in cities like Boston and San Francisco (places with the perfect mix of hospitals and tech companies). But when I learned about a special program taking place in Philadelphia that is disrupting the space, I knew in my mind that I would be a part of it.

Dreamit Ventures is widely known as a veteran accelerator program. In fact, in 2012 Forbes ranked it #3 in the country and it is centrally located in Villanova’s neighboring metropolitan city. Founded only 6 years ago, it’s accelerating its way to the top and building a reputation for itself as fostering and helping grow truly innovative companies that have raised over $95M, been on ABC’s Shark Tank and selected as finalists for TechCrunch Disrupt.

2014 marks Dreamit’s second year of their Health Initiative and they’ve brought in nine new companies for their Dreamit Health Philadelphia class. They provide $50K in seed capital, access to top-tier resources (including guidance from experienced healthcare entrepreneurs) and office space located conveniently on Upenn/ Drexel campus.

By networking through Villanova’s ICE center, I made a connection with one of the companies gearing up for the intensive four-month boot camp, NarrativeDx. NarrativeDx is a startup helping hospitals learn from patient experience. If there’s one thing that I have learned about the Healthcare Industry, it is that there is an apparent shift in thinking of how it should be provided. Rather than the quantity of patients facilities are able to see, the focus is now being placed on the quality of the care – a shift that is surely beneficial to consumers. Founders Senem Guney, PhD and Kyle Robertson are leading the way in understanding what patients are saying and envision reshaping patient experience.

Working alongside Robertson and Dr. Guney has been an amazing opportunity. So amazing, in fact, that I have just accepted an offer to continue working with them throughout the fall semester. It is an exciting time to be a part of the NarrativeDx team – Dreamit’s resources are made widely available to all companies in their 2014 class and the vibes surrounding the “coworking” environment truly inspire each of us to work in a collaborative and effective way.

Students interested in one day either working for, or having their own startup, I highly encourage and challenge those of you to find one in a space where you can find passion in your work. With the upcoming “Entrepreneur’s Avenue” making its way for the second consecutive year at the Fall Career Fair, the networking is there…. it’s up to you to connect the dots.