Cox Business in partnership with Accelerate South and Lafayette General Foundation cordially invite you to be part of Get Started Medical, a live forum & pitch competition that will bring together some of the best and brightest minds in Louisiana. The event will feature the state’s hottest business ideas in the medical industry, and you can be a part of it all! Pitch your business or attend the event as a guest - below you will find information on both ways to get involved.


University of Louisiana Lafayette Student Union Atchafalaya Grand Ballroom

620 McKinley St

Lafayette, LA 70503

Directions: https://studentunion.louisiana.edu/


Thursday, August 30th

5:30pm – 6:30pm: Happy Hour

6:30pm – 8:30pm: Pitch Event

Cost: Complimentary

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Watch local start-ups, entrepreneurs, and small business owners demonstrate their savvy business idea and get feedback from a panel of five judges, including Blaise Zuschlag (Director of Administration at Acadian Companies), Cian Robinson (Director of Development and Operations at Lafayette General Foundation), Rajesh Shetye (Senior VP and CIO at LHC Group), Mike Braham (VP & GM of Trapollo) and Casey Hoyt (co-founder of VieMed).

Ten finalists will be chosen to pitch, and the winning business will win cash prize $2,500!

Pitch Submissions Are Now Closed - Finalists Will Be Announced Soon

Attend Get Started Medical as a Guest

Don’t miss this opportunity to network, learn, and celebrate! Watch the pitches and the live Q&A session with the expert panel that follows.

  • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and networking
  • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm: Program (pitch competition and live Q+A with expert panel)

This event is FREE and open to the public, but you must register to attend.  


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Mike Braham

As Vice President and General Manager of Trapollo, Mike Braham is responsible for profit & loss performance and leading all aspects of strategy and execution of the Trapollo business plan. Braham retains a unique blend of strategic and operational experience in healthcare, telecommunications, and crisis management industries. He has extensive expertise in building high-performance teams and has been a leader in public and private enterprise level organizations as well as smaller venture capital-backed firms.

Rajesh “Raj” Shetye joined LHC Group in 2010 and previously served as senior vice president and chief information officer. Mr. Shetye is an accomplished information technology and business professional with more than 20 years of executive and hands-on experience in the design, development, acquisition, band implementation of technology and analytics solutions. His responsibilities include spearheading initiatives and developing innovative solutions that leverage data and analytics to help the company perform in a “value and risk-based” reimbursement model, improve business process performance, and reduce costs. Mr. Shetye holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from George Mason University and an executive master’s degree in business administration from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University 

Rajesh Shetye

Blaise Zuschlag

Blaise Zuschlag is Director of Administration at Acadian Companies. He earned an MBA from Tulane University and a BS in Finance from Louisiana State University. Prior to working at Acadian, Blaise worked at JP Morgan as a Private Wealth Advisor for 3 years and managed a diverse portfolio of investments, loans, trusts and banking relationships within the Private Bank. Blaise joined Acadian Companies as a Business Analyst in 2013 and worked on process refinement within the organization and project management with the implementation of new processes. Blaise is a graduate of Leadership Lafayette - Class 24, and serves on numerous local non-profit boards including Leadership Institute of Acadiana, Lafayette Education Foundation, Evangeline Area Boy Scouts Swamp Base Capital Campaign, and Community Foundation of Acadiana’s Investment Committee.

Casey Hoyt co-founded VieMed in 2006 with his long time friend Michael Moore, a Respiratory Therapist, with the objective of becoming the leading respiratory disease management company in the United States. His vision then and now is to enable patients to live better lives through clinical excellence, education and technology. Prior to starting Sleep Management, Casey had a successful track record of running successful businesses, most recently a worldwide organization, Nimlok Louisiana, offering a comprehensive line of tradeshow display and marketing services. Known for his fun-loving and kind personality, Mr. Hoyt views his most important roles as recruiting, motivating, and managing the quality employees that VieMed has become respected throughout the healthcare industry. In his spare time, Casey enjoys hunting and fishing as well as spending time with his wife Marnie and their three children.

Casey Hoyt

Cian Robinson began his career at Lafayette General Foundation (LGF) in August of 2014 as the Director of Development and Operations. In November of 2014, Cian was promoted to the position of Executive Director. In addition to his work at LGF, Cian is also an adjunct instructor at the B. I. Moody III College of Business Administration at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. 

Prior to LGF, Cian was a Director of two computer science-based research centers within the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Research Department (Center for Business and Information Technology and Center for Visual and Decision Informatics) as well as a decades long entrepreneur in the information technology and management consulting fields (Robinson Ventures, LLC).

In 1991, Cian obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Saint Vincent College (Latrobe, PA). In 1994, he was awarded his Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration (finance concentration) from Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College (Pittsburgh, PA). Cian is currently pursuing his doctorate in Leadership from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He has been recognized for his entrepreneurial and community work with several awards including: Silicon Bayou 100 (2017 & 2018); Leadership Louisiana (2017), LEAD Virginia (Class of 2008), Amherst N.Y. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Champion Award (2006), Western New York’s 40 Under 40 Award (2005), Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council’s Pathfinder Award (2004), National Science Foundation’s Entrepreneur Next Wave Award (2003), as well as Leadership Buffalo’s Class of 2000.

Cian Robinson

Meet The Moderator & Judges

Monte Danos, director of marketing for Cox Business, will host the competition, joined by the following community and business leaders serving as judges:

Monte Danos

AMonte Danos is Field Marketing Director for Cox Business in the Southeast Region. In this role, Monte oversees day-to-day marketing operations and product management for business telecom services in the Louisiana and Florida/Georgia market areas. He partners closely with the respective markets’ sales, service delivery, field service, and engineering teams in driving the overall objectives of the organization.

Most recently, Monte served as Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Cox Business Louisiana, where he managed the commercial voice, data, transport, and video product lines in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette. Before joining Cox Business in November 2010, Monte held various product roles on the Cox residential marketing team, including Manager of Video Products for all Louisiana markets, as well as Director of Product Management for the Baton Rouge and Lafayette systems prior to statewide consolidation. Monte has more than 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry.

A graduate of Louisiana State University, Monte holds a BA in Mass Communications. His early career as a television news reporter included assignments with the FOX, NBC, and CBS broadcast affiliates in Baton Rouge.

Get Started Medical Finalists

The ten Get Started Medical finalists are:

Birya Biotech - Baltimore, Maryland –http://biryabiotech.com/

Founded in the spring of 2017, this medical technologies company is working to develop affordable, patient-focused technologies that aim at reducing costs to patients and improving quality of life to those battling severe allergies.

Cure Global - Pineville, Louisiana – https://cureglobal.com/

Combatting the rising cost of healthcare in correctional facilities, Cure Global leverages telehealth enabled hardware, includes rolling carts, wall mounted displays and peripheral devices with the ability to support over fifty-five modalities of care. This allows for the real-time transfer of data to the distant site provider to evaluate and manage a patient via evidence-based medicine.

ExepronHealth - Lafayette, Louisiana – http://www.exepron.com/ExepronHealth

ExepronHealth is a patient-centered system of care for healthcare administrators that tracks the duration of a patient’s stay. The platform provides enhanced patient visibility and enables predictive tools to maximize resources.

F3 Healthcare - Carrboro, North Carolina – http://prescribecompare.com/

Empowering health system administrators to improve patient satisfaction and safety through short, convenient surveys, F3 Healthcare collect rates of actual opioid usage after surgical discharge and patient experience indicators. It uses customized natural language processing to turn free text feedback into actionable intelligence that can reduce overall opioid prescribing.

Fairway Biomed - St. Louis, Missouri – http://www.fairwaybiomed.com/

A medical device company working to improve surgical oncology, the company’s first product, The LIVO, controls bleeding in resection surgeries done to remove cancer in the liver, kidney, and lungs allowing for the preservation of tissue, reducing post-surgical complications.

Hera Health Solutions - Atlanta, Georgia – https://www.herahealthsolutions.com/

Hera Health Solutions is developing a biodegradable long-acting drug delivery implant. Their combination of material composition and manufacturing processes aims to revolutionize long-acting drug delivery. Hera Health Solutions’ technology solves the issue of invasive therapies and strict pill-taking regimens.

Insight Optics - Atlanta, Georgia – http://io.care/

Insight Optics empowers primary care providers to record and refer retinal videos to local eye care specialists for assisted screening. Doing so enables primary care providers to efficiently detect early signs of avoidable blindness before permanent damage is done

Levisonics - New Orleans, Louisiana – http://www.neworleansbio.com/clients/levisonics/

Levisonics is an innovative platform technology for low volume, non-contact analysis of blood coagulation and fluid quality control testing -- enabling safe and reliable assessment of bleeding and thrombotic risks in neonatal, pediatric and adult patients with coagulation abnormalities.

NeuroRescue - Columbus, Ohio – https://www.neurocollar.com/

NeuroRescue provides prehospital medical professionals with a non-invasive medical device that utilizes standard equipment to effectively begin induced hypothermia protocol, decreasing the risk of neurological damage. This same device seamlessly allows for the transition to continued cooling at the hospital, again, utilizing standard equipment already existing at the facility.

ThinkGenetic- Boston, Massachusetts – https://www.thinkgenetic.com/

ThinkGenetic is a cutting-edge tool empowering patients who want to know about possible genetic causes for their medical issues or obtain real-life answers to their questions about the impact of living with a genetic disease. ThinkGenetic’s accessible content, tools and data services help individuals reduce time to diagnosis and rates of diagnostic error.

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You can enter the Contest by visiting the official registration page at http://www.coxblue.com/getstartedmedical (the “Website”) and completing all of the required information and following all posted instructions. Contest is open only to legal residents of United States who: (1) are at least 18 years of age; (2) are the owner, principal, or general manager of a business, that is physically located within United States. Entry Period begins 06/18/18. BY ENTERING THE CONTEST, YOU ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT (1) YOUR MATERIALS ARE NOT CONFIDENTIAL AND NO CONFIDENTIAL OR FIDUCIARY RELATIONSHIP IS INTENDED OR CREATED BY ENTERING THE CONTEST; AND (2) THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY POSSESS OR COME TO POSSESS INFORMATION THAT IS SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL TO YOUR MATERIALS, AND YOU HEREBY AGREE THAT THE CONTEST ENTITIES MAY USE SUCH SIMILAR OR IDENTICAL INFORMATION WITHOUT LIMITATION, COMPENSATION, OR CREDIT TO YOU. Void where prohibited. Sweepstakes subject to Complete Official Rules. To obtain a copy of the winner’s list or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to “Cox Business Get Started Medical: Network. Learn. Pitch Contest” Winners/Rules, Shana Keith, Cox Communications, Inc., 6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. Sponsor: Cox Communications, Inc., d/b/a Cox Business, 6205-B Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30328. Click Here to See Full Rules

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