060: The startup journey: beyond the $500k cash prize feat. Ezequeil Aleman

It’s no surprise startups are in constant fundraising mode for a while and Ezequiel of Apnosystems is no exception however, he shares with us what’s beyond the cash prize he’s currently chasing and gives us a glimpse into life as an Argentinian startup with some of the team in San Francisco.

Ezequeil and I discuss how a startup goes through phases just like that of his 2 small children.  When they’re in the infancy stage, there isn’t much going on but as they mature, more things happen, new challenges arise, and it takes cooperation to address those challenges.  The life of a startup is to get past those challenges and to keep going.  He has 3 daughters and he makes time for his family and gives a HUGE shout out to his wife for keeping the family together.

Being a global startup, even things like communication can be challenging so Apnosystem uses What’sAp as well as skype and free conference call services to keep track of eachother’s progress, share documents, communicate with subcontractors and just generally talk.

Ezequeil’s startup Apnosystem, is currently in the running for the MedTech Innovator accelerator program.  They were lucky enough to be chosen from 600 applicants to be in the top 100 and got to pitch at the pediatric innovation showcase event in Washington D.C.  From there, 50 are selected to be in a showcase featured at the annual MedTech Conference and 20 participate in the accelerator program itself.

Lastly, we discussed how it’s extremely competitive for startups to be accepted into programs like MedTech innovator and how the Imua Services Invention Idea to Profitable Product program can really help prepare them.  To sign up, click here.

Host: Meghan Alonso

Host Company: Imua Services

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About the Author

Meghan M. Alonso
Meghan M. Alonso, referred to by Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington as a medical device development expert, is known for equipping medtech & IVD companies with the knowledge, resources, and connections they need to bring innovative products to market. She’s the IVD Product Marketing Manager for NAMSA and founder of Imua Services. She’s a contributing author for best selling book “Put a Shark in Your Tank” with Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington, and the prestigious “Molecular Profiling – Methods and Protocols”(a must read in molecular diagnostics). Her podcast, MedTech Inspired, in which she interviews the hottest startups, experts, and investors, won iTunes “New and Noteworthy”. According to the Huffington Post, she helps clients navigate the complicated process of bringing their ideas to the marketplace. She’s a patriotic military wife, pet parent, founder and co-founder of 4 successful companies who thrives on guiding medical device and IVD companies through development and manufacturing. When she isn’t helping others, Meghan is hard at work on her MBA she is pursuing from Auburn University, staying active with her adorable husky Abby, crossfitting, enjoying great restaurants and fine wine with her husband, soaking up the sun the nearest beach, and promoting the adoption of shelter dogs.

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