10 Speakers You Shouldn’t Miss at HLTH 2023 If You Need Funding

HLTH is the premier platform for bringing together the healthcare ecosystem, dedicated to fostering health innovation and transformation. With over 100 engaging and thought-provoking sessions, the HLTH 2023 Agenda promises to be an experiential and inspiring event from October 8 - 11 in Las Vegas. For those seeking investment opportunities, we've curated a list of ten must-see speakers who can offer valuable insights into funding and innovation in healthcare. Be sure to read to the end for a bonus pitching competition. Let's dive in.

Sunday, Oct 8th

1 - Digital Therapeutics: From Funding to Revenue Generation - A Strategy for Today's Game

Partner Programs

Location: LVCC, Lvl 3, Rm 322-324

Time: 9:30 – 11 am


Sunday starts with two back-to-back talks on Digital Therapeutics (DTx), the software-driven, evidence-based therapeutic interventions designed to prevent and treat medical disorders and diseases.

The Future of DTx Funding: More than Just Rolling the Dice

Running 9:30 – 10:15 am, the first session discusses the pursuit of funding in the uncertain landscape of Digital Therapeutics, featuring insights from DTx-focused investors and recently funded DTx operators.

Unraveling the Payment Puzzle and Maximizing Revenue

Running 10:15 – 11 am, the second talk addresses the ongoing challenge of securing payment coverage for DTx from both commercial and government payors, aiming to explore payors’ criteria and alternative strategies for revenue generation in DTx offerings.

2 - The AI Hype Cycle Coaster

Location: Earth Stage

Time: 1:10 pm – 1:50 pm PDT

Moving on to the stage section on Sunday, the standout choice is the AI Hype Cycle Coaster discussion from the Earth Stage, featuring a handful of experienced CEOs and Venture Partners.


The AI hype cycle has attracted no shortage of investors, with the healthcare AI market projected to exceed $102 billion by 2028, promising transformative solutions for the industry. However, as funding becomes scarcer, the question arises: Is AI the lifeline we need, or is this wave of extreme optimism justified? Industry experts analyze the factors at play to assess whether this trend will continue or skepticism will prevail.


Prateesh Maheshwari, Managing Director @ Maverick Ventures


3 - AWS Healthcare Accelerator Innovation Showcase

Partner Programs

Location: Show Floor, Startup Stage

Time: 1:10 pm – 2:00 pm PDT

If you’re looking to network with like-minded industry folks, this event could be worth dropping into.


The AWS Healthcare Accelerator Innovation Showcase highlights presentations and demonstrations by startups that have taken part in one of the five AWS Healthcare Accelerator programs so far. These innovations cover a range of healthcare solutions, such as digital health, health equity, aged care, and the healthcare workforce, providing an opportunity to witness the development and advancement of each technology.

4 - Running on Empty

Location: Ocean Stage

Time: 2:00 pm – 2:40 pm PDT

A term some of us may be familiar with. This session is being run by VC Partners and is sure to have healthcare startups present. Another good networking opportunity and some valuable industry insight will be on display.


The talk will focus on the critical issue of healthcare worker burnout, which can lead to medical errors, lower patient satisfaction, and strained doctor-patient relationships. The U.S. Surgeon General has called on hospitals to provide more mental health support and resources to address this. The session encourages action to support the resilience of healthcare workers and ensure they have the necessary resources to continue their crucial work.


Taha Jangda, Managing Director @ Ascension Ventures


5 - Myth Busting: The State of Startup Capital

Partner Programs

Location: Show Floor, Startup Stage

Time: 2:10 pm – 2:50 pm PDT

An essential session for healthcare startups and early-stage founders looking for funding, addressing common misconceptions about securing investment in the healthcare industry. This talk is an absolute must-see if you’re fundraising.


This Partner Programs session explores key considerations for startups seeking investment, including effective hooks for investors, the critical timing of customer discovery, and the desirable qualities investors seek in founders. This session will provide clarity on securing funding in the volatile capital market, with insights from both early-stage and institutional investors. Attendees have yet to be announced.

6 - The Future of Health: A Bold Leap Forward

Location: Show Floor, Main Stage

Time: 5:05 pm – 5:25 pm PDT

A noteworthy session features two speakers from General Catalyst, a venture capital firm that invests in early-stage and growth-stage startups across various industries. Well worth a listen from those with first-hand industry experience.


In this talk, Hemant Taneja and Marc Harrison discuss their shared mission to revolutionize healthcare by making it affordable, proactive, and accessible. They reveal details about their new partnership, which they believe will be a game-changer for both patients and healthcare providers, building on their extensive experience in reshaping the healthcare landscape.


Monday, Oct 9th

7 - Funding Founders Program

Location: Show Floor, Funding Founders

Time: 10 am – 4 pm

A potential main event on Monday for those seeking funding runs from 10 am – 4 pm on the Show Floor. The Funding Founders Program is another great networking opportunity to meet and learn from others—a productive way to spend a chunk of your Monday.

Note: You must be pre-scheduled, so make sure you plan ahead if you want to participate.

8 -The Great Leveling Out

Location: Moon Stage

Time: 11:00 am – 11:40 am PDT

A look at the reality of digital health funding in 2023 with insights from Bessemer Venture Partners and top investors—a must-see on the reality of digital health funding and other approaches to secure the all-important financing.


This session looks at the 33% decline in digital health funding during the first half of 2023, potentially the lowest funding year since 2019 while highlighting the potential for resilient companies with strong models to succeed. Bessemer Venture Partners will reveal insights from their State of Health Tech report and discuss with top investors to analyze over-hyped, over-funded, and overvalued aspects of the digital health industry as we approach 2024.


Sofia Guerra, Vice President @ Bessemer Venture Partners


  •  Andrew Adams, Co-Founder & Managing Partner @ Oak HC/FT
  •  Jon Swope, Senior Managing Director, HealthTech and Digital Health @ Leerink Partners
  •  Laura Veroneau, Managing Partner @ Optum Ventures

9 - Sometimes it is Your First Rodeo

Location: Moon Stage

Time: 1:20 pm – 2:00 pm PDT

This session should be a good conversation between startups and VC funds discussing early-stage risks with innovation and healthcare. An excellent opportunity to learn from founders who were once starting from scratch.


This session examines the experiences of healthcare innovation pioneers, featuring insights from founders who ventured into uncharted territory. The talk will highlight the potential for newcomers to learn from early movers and improve upon their innovations. Speakers will discuss the challenges and successes of being first movers, emphasizing the delicate balance between embracing pioneering ideas and avoiding overly ambitious endeavors in the pursuit of innovation.


Chrissy Farr, Health Tech Investor @ OMERS Ventures


Tuesday, Oct 8th

10 - Put Your Money Where the Impact Is

Location: Show Floor, Moon Stage

Time: 3:00 pm – 3:40 pm PDT

Definitely a good conversation to pop into to learn all about impact investing and how to attract investors with an interest in social good in the healthcare industry.


This session emphasizes the importance of impact investing in healthcare technology and digital health, advocating for a shift from superficial headlines to assessing innovations’ societal impact. Speakers raise the challenge of balancing shareholder profits with social good and a harmonious equilibrium between financial returns and societal benefits in healthcare. The talk encourages investors to support ventures that yield profits and contribute to the greater social good, aligning economic interests with ethical considerations.


Irem Rami, Principal @ Norwest


Bonus - HLTH Startup Pitch Competition

Date: Monday, Oct 9th

Location: Show Floor, Startup Stage

Time: 11:00 am – 12:30 pm PDT

This pitch competition is an excellent opportunity for venture funds and startups looking to practice their pitching. Participants can watch pitches from innovative startups showcasing their solutions. A productive session provided by the hosts. 

Industry Attendees

HLTH 2023 promises to be an immersive experience for anyone interested in healthcare innovation and funding opportunities. These speakers, covering a range of critical topics in healthcare, provide valuable insights that can guide investors and startups alike. Take advantage of this chance to stay at the forefront of healthcare innovation while meeting those in the industry and potentially securing some funding along the way.