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The Key to Successful Entrepreneurship with Keith Lemer

  • 29 Jul 2015
  • 6:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • SU's Fisher Center - 136 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016 (Entrance on 31st St between Madison Ave and Park Ave)
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      The Key to Successful Entrepreneurship with Keith Lemer


Healthcare costs continue to be the problem that will not go away. The Affordable Care Act is too complicated and far from affordable.  Join Syracuse graduate, Keith Lemer as he shares his story on the life of an entrepreneur and what it took to create a lower cost, $100m+ private sector solution in the face of extreme competition.  

Calling all current and future entrepreneurs! This is a conversation you won't want to miss. Topics discussed will include:

  • What goes into the life of a serial entrepreneur
  • Creating a more efficient solution in the face of extreme competition
  • What do venture capitalists and other investors look for in opportunities
  • Decisions about the core product are only part of the equation

About Keith Lemer


Keith Lemer is an experienced entrepreneur with a successful track record in bringing ideas to market. As President of WellNet Healthcare, a national healthcare firm, WellNet delivers health plans, wellness, stand-alone pharmacy benefits and cost management programs that are powered by sophisticated technology and engagement professionals; enabling companies and plan sponsors to take ownership of their employee benefits by better managing costs.


Keith is also the co-founder of Healthcare Interactive, a digital health firm whose core focus is building healthcare applications that control and consolidate healthcare management within a single system. Keith is also a founding member of the Healthcare Performance Management Institute, and sits on the Institute’s Advisory Board as a supporter of research and education dedicated to the promotion of business technology and management principles that deliver better and more cost effective healthcare benefits for employers who cover their employees. 


Keith has lobbied extensively on Capitol Hill for healthcare reform and frequently provides strategic counsel to the Employee Benefits Committee of the United States Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation. Additionally, he has been featured in The San Jose Mercury News, Business Week, CNBC, Employee Benefit News, The Commonwealth Fund, Managed Healthcare Executive, Risk and Insurance, The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal and has appeared on C-SPAN. Keith, a member of The Young Presidents Organization’s (YPO) Washington, D.C. chapter, was named 2011’s 40 under 40 by The Washington Business Journal and has been a featured judge for Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship’s business plan competition for Washington, D.C.’s low-income inner city youth. As a Board Member of Sasha Bruce Youthwork, one of the largest and most experienced providers of services to youth in Washington, DC, Keith works to help young people discover their own abilities, find safe and supportive homes and explore new opportunities in education and careers to ultimately help transform their lives.


Prior to joining WellNet, Keith was a partner with Los Angeles-based ITU Ventures, a venture capital firm funded by Global Crossing and Softbank Ventures where he focused on sourcing healthcare and bio-tech-related investment opportunities developed by students and professors in partnership with the Office of Technology Transfer at leading institutions such as Cal Tech, Harvard, Princeton, U.C. Berkeley and Yale.

Keith’s entrepreneurship roots date back to Syracuse University where he created, developed and owned a thriving publishing business targeted to the college student market that he founded out of his college apartment which eventually spread to 55 U.S. colleges and universities nationwide.


Keith received a Bachelors of Science from Syracuse University with a concentration in Marketing and Interpersonal Communication. 

    Top photo courtesy of Gil Salk Photography

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