Congratulations! You are on the path toward the first-of- its- kind Nurse Practitioner Entrepreneurship conference July 13 and 14, 2017 in Boston, hosted by Northeastern University School of Nursing in collaboration with a small group of very determined nursing leaders. This 1 ½ day program alternates heavy-hitter panels and companion interactive break-out sessions facilitated by the panel experts. This is not a clinical conference. This conference is about convincing NPs that there are nurse-led practice business models out there with their names written on them. This conference is about doing what it takes to transform NPs into Entrepreneurs.

Conference Objectives

  • Explain why there is now urgency—and new opportunity– for nurse-led care practices as sustainable business operations
  • Discuss the immense implications of CMS’s imminent shift from Fee For Service to Value-based payments for nurse-led practices
  • Articulate a value proposition benefiting consumers and payers that gives NPs and nurse-led practices the confidence to compete in the healthcare marketplace
  • Explore tactics that create sustainable NP business operations
  • Build a community of, and institutional support for, like-minded nurse-led practice owners

These 1 ½ days are deliberately designed to present big ideas, and then drill down in small breakouts to the challenges in making those ideas work in the real world.  So:

  • Our keynote panel topic is The NP as Market Disruptor, featuring experts from the Federal Trade Commission, Deloitte Consulting and Duke University presenting a message of hope for nurse-led practices trying to fill a primary care physician vacuum.  But at the breakout level, the NP can explore: “How am I a Disruptor?  And how can that be good for me?”
  • In the closing match-up of Day One, panelists include a vocational coach and NPs who have personally taken the plunge into practice ownership.  The facilitated breakout makes this personal through a readiness assessment exercise.

As you’ll read, our agenda speaks to many areas in addition to what being a market disruptor means, and assessing personal readiness: creating a practice model that fits the target population and situation, and of course, how to maximize payment. The host of heavy-hitter faculty are a dynamic and engaging group of presenters with much to offer—and a burning desire to share.

Sharing is the last takeaway. Right now there is no network of nurse-led practice owners— no pre-fab Old Boys Network to turn to for help solving a problem, for a vendor recommendation, for an externship opportunity, for a mentor. On Day One you will meet peers that share your world for good and for bad. On Day Two we begin Network creation. We look forward to the day when we say: “It is created, it has financial and operational support, it is accessible. And it is good.”

Some important factoids: Northeastern is seeking CEUs for the entire 1 1/2 day curriculum. Overnight housing is available on Northeastern’s Boston campus.  All that is missing is YOU!


The Schedule

Here’s what happens during a Hackathon Weekend:

Dinner & Networking:

Get to know your new friends. Meet the people you’ll be working with.

Choose Your Project:

From the top projects – Choose which one you’ll work on over the weekend.

60 Seconds to Pitch:

Got an idea? You’ve got 1 minute to pitch in front of the group.

Build a Team:

Whether it’s your idea or someone else’s, you’ll create a cross-functional team to work with over the weekend.

Learn from the Best

Local mentors will be coming in throughout the event to coach you through the hard problems.

Get to Work

We’ve got the resources and support in place to make things happen in a short period of time. You’ll be responsible for everything from finding customers to building your product. We’ll be here to help when you need it.

Program on current Hackthon Page

Present in Front of Panel Judges

The culmination of the weekend. You’ll have 5 minutes to present the product or service you built to the crowd and a panel of experts.


Watch the other teams present and celebrate all the work you’ve done. Get the opportunity to talk to judges and mingle with mentors.


Northeastern University

Northeastern University Alumni Center
716 Columbus Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02120

Attendee FAQ

Before the Event

If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is yes. Whether you are an experienced entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, if you are motivated to improve healthcare by building a product or startup and are open to new ideas this is the event for you.

Using this link:

There is a 50$ registration fee

No, but we do encourage you to. It can be something you have been thinking about for years or something that comes to you on the spot.

During the Event

Any ideas regarding improvement in healthcare are welcome. This year’s focus is on creating technology improving care for older adults aging and those with disabilities living at home.

No, this hackathon is for growing new businesses from the ground up over the course of the weekend.

After the Event

It is completely up to you and your team members if you would like to continue your venture outside of the hackathon.

The top 3 winning teams will all receive cash prizes,private 1 on 1 mentoring session from one of our leading coaches, an opportunity to pitch the Health Sciences Entreprenuers (HSE) to join as one of their new ventures, the top 2 winning teams will have lunch with Zafre Investments & the our winning team will be provided 3 months of work space courtesy of Canopy City!




Gambardella PhD, CNE, ANEF, CEO


Jon Harris

Jon Harris

VP and Chief Scientific Officer of Medical Imaging, PAREXEL Informatics


$195 for the day

Includes 5 Contact Hours and lunch

For students, there is no charge for this event, but pre-registration is required.

Date & Location

Date: 7/13/2017 & 7/14/2017 Time: 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Location: Northeastern University Alumni Center, Boston

Northeastern University Alumni Center
716 Columbus Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02120

Primary Contact Information

Rebecca Love RN, MSN, ANP

Bouvé College of Health Sciences

102 Robinson Hall
Boston, MA 02115

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