Get Started Medical

We invite you to join us for an interactive forum & pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds from around the country. This shark tank style event, the 4th annual Get Started Medical pitch will feature the country’s hottest business ideas in the medical industry, and you can be a part of the excitement!

Watch 7 finalists pitch their healthcare innovations and compete for up to
$40,000 in cash prizes.

Date, Time, Location

This virtual event is FREE to attend, but you must register for access.

Registration coming soon.

Meet Our Moderator

Mollie Andrews

Mollie Andrews

Cox Business, Senior Vice President, Marketing & Sales Operations

Mollie Andrews is the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales for Cox Business, where she’s responsible for the creation and execution of the overall marketing strategic plan, brand management, pricing and packaging strategy, marketing sciences, competitive intelligence, customer segmentation and insights, digital marketing and sales and Smart Communities (IoT).  Cox Business is the commercial division of Cox Communications providing voice, data, and video services for more than 355,000 small and regional businesses nationwide.

As an industry veteran, Mollie is an energetic leader with an engaging, participative leadership style. She has a 35-year track record that spans both marketing and sales, including her first role at Cox as Vice President, General Manager Cox Business Oklahoma. 

She’s a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration – marketing. She has also completed the Harvard Business School Cable Executive Management Program, the Marketing Excellence Development Program at Emory University Goizueta Business School and is a graduate of the Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT)’s Betsy Magness Leadership Institute.

Mollie is active in the community and has served on the board of directors for Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County, co-chairman for American Heart Association Go Red for Women and the board of directors for Westminster School. Her hobbies include participating in high intensity interval training, Pilates, gardening, interior design, being a fan of OU football and cooking.

2021 Judges Panel

Lawrence Simon, MD

Lawrence Simon, MD

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana, Regional Medical Director

Dr. Larry Simon is a Regional Medical Director for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA), a Rotarian, and an animal rescuer. He is an alumnus of Louisiana State University, Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), and Rady Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Otolaryngology Fellowship in San Diego, CA. Dr. Simon is the Medical Director for both the Medical Coding Unit and Medicare Advantage at BCBSLA, where he also helps with numerous Community Outreach, Quality, and Cost Containment initiatives. He currently represents the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association on the AMA CPT Editorial Panel, serving on the Executive Committee of the Panel. He also serves on the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Payment Integrity Task Force and assists the Medical Policy Panel with analysis of Otolaryngology medical policies and coding education in general.

Aimee Quirk

Aimee Quirk

innovationOchsner CEO

Aimee Quirk is the CEO of innovationOchsner (iO), an innovation company founded by Ochsner Health in 2015 to reimagine and revolutionize the delivery and experience of healthcare and health, with a focus on digital health, advanced analytics and personalized medicine. iO has developed several award-winning programs, including Ochsner Digital Medicine, Connected MOM and Optimal Hospital. It has also developed several innovative partnerships and launched new tools including multiple AI predictive models for clinical and operations applications and population genomics. Aimee joined iO in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in law, economic development and public affairs. Previously, she served as the Senior Advisor for Economic Development for New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2010 to 2014. Prior to her public service, she was a partner at Jones Walker, where she practiced corporate and business litigation.
Josh Sommer

Josh Sommer

Cox Communications, Vice President of New Growth

Joshua Sommer is the Vice President of New Growth for Cox Communications. He leads strategy, business incubation, and investments: The New Growth division pursues innovative and disruptive business concepts and technology to spur new revenue streams. He is a passionate intrapreneur that disrupts the status quo. Sommer believes in innovation and the advancements it can bring to humanity. In his rapidly shifting career path, Sommer has worked across the entire high-tech ecosystem: components, products, provider, and professional services companies.

Sommer entered telecommunications with Qualcomm and Kyocera, where he focused on product strategy for companies such as Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and Vodafone. Throughout his career, he has launched more than 200 consumer products. He joined Cox Communications in 2008 as part of the team preparing to launch a nationwide wireless service.

Following his first stint at Cox, Sommer joined Accenture to assist with a joint venture between Comcast and Verizon Wireless to develop innovative converged solutions. This became the foundation for the evolved Xfinity suite of products.

Sommer returned to Cox Communications in 2015 to lead strategic products and partnerships and helped formulate the Comcast relationship that leveraged the company’s additional product development resources for faster development cycles and more compelling experiences for Cox customers.

While earning his degree at San Diego State University (SDSU), Sommer played football as a middle linebacker. He also was a founding father of the Phi Kappa Theta chapter there and served two terms as chapter president.

Sommer is a highly involved mentor for STEM Atlanta Women and Atlanta’s TechStars, as well as many other startup programs around the nation.

2021 Pitchers

Crosscope

Crosscope

Mountain View, CA

General Genomics

General Genomics

Midland, TX

Kinnos

Kinnos

Brooklyn, NY

NEVAP

NEVAP

San Jose, CA

Prep Tech

Prep Tech

Lafayette, LA

Protean BioDiagnostics

Protean BioDiagnostics

Orlando, FL

SafeBVM

SafeBVM

Chesterfield, MO