A roster of healthcare IT firms hit the bricks looking for nerds this week.
The room was full of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, business school students and heads of large HIT firms. It could only be a networking event, “Profiling Entrepreneurial Healthcare IT Companies.”
The mood at events like this is beginning to change, as the ratio of job seekers to prospective employers and entrepreneur to investors begins to equalize.
"This audience is incredibly diverse from investors to possible business partners, even people that I could just have as colleagues and friends who I can bounce ideas off of," said Nabil Aidoud, the founder and CEO of fiVi. Aidoud bootstrapped the company and is in the process of launching its whitelabel workplace wellness portal that combines crowdsourcing algorithms, social networking and mobile health applications.
About 130 people attended the event at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center(NERD) and sponsored by Propel Careers and MassDevice.
"The other nice thing is that I can pitch. I’m a start-up. I never miss an opportunity to talk about my start-up because you never know who’s in the audience," added Aidoud. "Even talking about the pains of deployment" is really useful, he said.