Author Archives: Meghan M. Alonso

About Meghan M. Alonso

Meghan M. Alonso, referred to by Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington as a medical device development expert, is known for her award winning medical device podcast, Inspired by Imua, the chapter she wrote in best selling book “Put a Shark in Your Tank, and her valuable connections in the medical industry. 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, and soaking up the sun the nearest beach.

064: Winner of Pitch Makeover + June LIVE Q&A

drumroll….the winner is…..James Davis! Check out his video here. We’ll keep you posted on his journey through a pitch makeover and you’ll be able to see the transformation.

James was one of several entries that made a video and shared his plea for why he should get a pitch makeover. The entry with the most amount of social shares won.

Every month, I do a live Q&A show answering questions that were submitted to me as well as answering questions directly on the live stream and here’s a synopsis of what I covered:
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July 27th: 5 IP Essentials for Medtech & Biotech Startups

JULY 27TH  —  IMUA SERVICES & COGENT LAW PRESENT:

5 IP ESSENTIALS FOR MEDTECH & BIOTECH STARTUPS

Thurs, JuLY 27th, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Central

LOCATION

Cogent Law INSIDE OF WE WORK, 1875 K St. NW, Washington D.C. 20006

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Join us for an educational evening focused on the intellectual property essentials for your startup.  Meet others in our community, connect, and collaborate.  Network with like minded entrepreneurs, startups, students, researchers and anyone interested in starting their own business in the medtech, biotech, medical device, or IVD fields.

SPEAKER: Evan Smith, Managing Partner, Cogent Law Group

Evan Smith is a serial entrepreneur who is also an attorney, electrical engineer, MBA holder, and a sound engineering expert. Evan has started and founded multiple companies including ones with international reach. He is a licensed intellectual property attorney with decades of experience in all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret protection activities and strategies.

EVENT AGENDA:

  • 5:30-6:30 Check in and networking
  • 6:30-7:00: Presentation
  • 7:00-7:10: Optional tour of We Work
  • 7:10-7:30  Networking

TICKET INFO:

  • $9.97 early bird through June 22nd
  • $14.97 general admission through June 27th
  • each ticket includes appetizers and drinks

BECOME A SPONSOR….GET YOUR BRAND OUT IN FRONT OF RTC’S NEWEST STARTUPS:

  • Sponsor tables available for $74.99 and include admission for 2, 6 ft. table, logo on event page, and a 1 minute company highlight

063: Hackathons, winning pitch competitions, and the startup grind feat. Nick Delmonico

Nick has struggled with asthma and when his school was hosting a hackathon, he thought there’s got to be a better solution to managing this huge medical condition than what’s already out there. A few years later and many years wiser, Nick has founded Strados Labs and is moving his medical invention to market. Learn what he’s overcome and advice that’s helped him get here.

Highlights from this interview:

Background:

Nick entered this field with experience in finance and was inspired by his struggles with asthma to create something better

Big progress lately:

Strados Labs has been winning several pitch competitions lately and getting lots of press (along with this podcast of course)

Feedback they’ve been getting that’s helped them win pitch competitions:

Define your problem, identify how you’re going to solve that problem, and make sure there’s a big enough market for it
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062: Mindset & Motivation Special Interview from Kate Erickson

Entrepreneurship and startups can be a tough environment and take a steely personality for sure. Combine that with several life transitions all at once and you’ve got a perfect storm of things to deal with. Most people will give you technical advice but business is more than just that which is why I want to be completely transparent and share my journey… to keep you motivated.

My life the past 100 days has been anything but easy with some HUGE life transitions and problems all happening at once…..then to top it off, the day I recorded this episode (Memorial Day), I had to drop my husband off at the airport to head to Afghanistan for a few months (his 7th deployment…but this one as a contractor).

I was featured on the Kate’s Take podcast (which is AMAZING by the way and you can listen to our episode on her show here) to talk about what I’d been through and the struggles that entrepreneurs and startups go through in terms of mindset and motivation and so many people reached out to me to let me know they enjoyed the episode. I thought it should be shared on my podcast too so this is the same audio.

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Vote for James Davis

Want to win a pitch makeover or craft a winning pitch for your medtech or medical device product?  Click here to enter and for more info.

I just entered a competition to win a pitch makeover or to help me craft a pitch for my medtech, medical device, IVD, life science, or biotech product from Imua Services.

 

Vote for me by clicking the social share buttons at the top or right side of the screen.

 

Voting is unlimited and you can share across multiple social media networks.

 

The winner will be determined by whoever has the most amount of social shares on June 12.  Want in on the action?  Enter here

 

Catch the announcement of the winner on June 12 at 5p.m. Eastern, 2017 by watching our Facebook Live stream from Imua Services.

Like Imua Services by clicking here so you’re updated on who’s in the lead.

 

 

About Imua Services:

Imua Services’ objective is to become one of the world’s leading resources for medical and diagnostic product development by offering convenient training, education, and connections to key development partners  and investors specific to our client’s needs.  This will enable our clients to develop life-changing and life-saving technology that makes a positive impact on the world.
 
Imua Services is on a mission to move healthcare innovation forward by motivating, equipping, and leading 1 million entrepreneurs and startups to get started developing their life saving and changing products by the year 2020.  Join us in this effort and spread the word!
 
With our extensive background in medical device development, work as a healthcare provider, billing/reimbursement, and being a patient with medical devices, we share that expertise and knowledge with everyone going through the development process from start-ups and entrepreneurs to companies far down the path looking to outsource development and those needing medical device manufacturing.

 

 

061: Pitch contest and tips for pitching to celebrate my birthday

It’s my birthday June 11 and I want to celebrate by helping others and have a fun contest going on. The winner will receive a pitch makeover or get help putting their pitch together if they don’t have one yet. I cover the details in this episode + I give some tips on pitching based on my experience and from working with the original Shark from Shark Tank, Kevin Harrington when we wrote our book “Put a Shark in Your Tank” together.

Here’s how the contest works:

Click here to enter

  1. Record a short video on why you should win a pitch makeover or why you want a pitch that’s going to help you win competitions. Upload that video to youtube on a public setting
  2. Enter the contest above by clicking the link. You’ll enter your name, your email, and add the URL of your youtube video
  3. You’ll receive a confirmation with instructions on how to SHARE IT.
  4. The person with the most social shares (this is you sharing, your friends, family, and co-workers sharing) by June 12 wins.
  5. I’ll announce the winner on my Facebook Live video Q&A podcast on June 12 at 5pm Eastern. Like us on Facebook here so you can watch

Click here to enter

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June 27TH Networking at UEL

Tues, June 27th, 2017, 4:30 PM – 7:00 PM Central

FOR MEDTECH, BIOTECH, MED DEVICE, & IVD STARTUPS

MEDTECH & BIOTECH STARTUP NETWORKING NIGHT SPONSORED BY IMUA SERVICES & UNIVERSITY ENTERPRISE LABS
LOCATION
University Enterprise Labs, 1000 Westgate Dr, St. Paul MN 55114
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Join us for an evening of community, connection, and collaboration. Network with like minded entrepreneurs, startups, students, researchers and anyone interested in starting their own business in the medtech, biotech, medical device, or IVD fields.
TICKET INFO:
$9.97 early bird through June 22nd
$14.97 general admission through June 27th
each ticket includes appetizers and drinks
BECOME A SPONSOR….GET YOUR BRAND OUT IN FRONT OF RTC’S NEWEST STARTUPS:
Sponsor tables available for $74.99 and include admission for 2, 6 ft. table, logo on event page, and a 1 minute company highlight

REGISTER:

 

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.

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059: May Q&A Live Podcast: Just getting started, how much projects cost, and what to focus on in a pitch

I’m starting a live Q&A podcast on Facebook live and you can catch it by following Imua Services on Facebook.
the next live Q&A will be on Monday June 12. This will be a special episode because it’s the day after my birthday and I’m going to run a birthday challenge the week of June 4-11 and I’ll announce the winner LIVE on the podcast on June 12. Stay tuned for details. This episode I answer questions that were submitted to me beforehand. Some have to do specifically with med device product development, there are some personal questions, funny questions, and I give some great direction for those of you in the midst of product development. What do you think was the most random question asked and…keep an eye out for a cameo appearance if you watch the video version

Join our FREE book club and get a FREE audio book with a trial from audible.com!  This month and next month we’re listening to / reading “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries.  More info and details here.

Questions & Answers:

#1.What should I do when I’m first starting out?  If I have an idea and I’m not sure what to do with it?

I have the perfect fun little quiz for this you can check out at http://imua-services.com/goodidea.  Over there you’ll be able to find out some info about your idea and where you can go from there.

 

#2. What kind of food do you feed Abby?  She looks like a really healthy pup.

She loves her Honest Kitchen Marvel formula which is turkey based.  She used to really like the Zeal formula that’s fish based but she got kind of tired of that so we changed it.

 

#3. I’ve identified a pitch competition that I want to enter.  This will be my first one and I want to know what I should focus on.

It’s difficult to answer this question without seeing what you’ve done so far but my Invention Idea to Profitable Product program may help.  It’s designed to get you pitch ready and a fundable business in 100 days.  All tricks of the trade in pitching plus the work you need to do beforehand to be successful. There is a video you can check out on this page for more info here.

 
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058: Co-working spaces, and Launching Businesses feat. Charlie Birney

I did something new this week and we did a dual recording with my guest, Charlie Birney who produces the Launch Podcast which features stories about startups.  Listen to his edited version of our conversation (which will be different than mine) here.

We dove into the specifics of Launch Workplaces, who’s gracious enough to host the Imua Services medtech & biotech startup networking event at their Rockville location on May 11.  To find out more info and register, click here.

Launch is a boutique co-working space provider with several locations in the greater D.C. / Maryland / Virginia area whose offerings go way beyond just space.  Charlie talks in depth about his favorite parts of being a tenant there as well as one thing that makes them unique — startups get featured on their Launch Podcast!  Speaking of that, we talk about how to leverage a podcast as a host and a guest for PR and to help amplify your company’s message.

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