Funders Invitation to Alliance Healthcare i2 Innovation Pitch Competition

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Meet our Top 25 
i2 2019 Social Innovators


This will be an exciting event where we’ll hear some of our region’s most innovative social enterprises.

 With i2, Alliance Healthcare Foundation seeks the most promising innovation to transform the current health paradigm (high cost and poor outcomes) and improve quality, increase capacity, and reduce costs.

 This year’s i2 journey began with over 100 applicants. On May 9th, our Top 25 will Quick Pitch before a live audience comprised of funders and experienced judges where we will select 5 finalists for the last qualifying round leading up to the winner being selected this Summer.


Andy Ballester
Co-founder, GoFundMe

Andy Ballester co-founded GoFundMe, the world’s largest personal fundraising platform. As the CTO of GoFundMe, Andy oversaw all tech development and systems for a platform that transacted billions of dollars per year. Andy is a member of GoFundMeBoard of Directors. He is now working on homelessness solutions, tech startup infrastructure, and climate change solutions here in San Diego. Andy volunteers his time on the EvoNexus, San Diego Grantmaker's Funders Together to End Homelessness and San Diego Impact Investors Network, and mentors tech startups in San Diego.


Connie Matsui
Interim Chief Executive Officer/Past Board Chair, The San Diego Foundation; 
Board Chair, Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. and Artelo Biosciences

Connie Matsui's career encompasses three different industries during periods of rapid growth and evolution: commercial banking, biotechnology and social innovation. During her 32-year corporate career, she held various general management positions at Biogen Idec, IDEC Pharmaceuticals and Wells Fargo Bank. In addition to chairing the Board of Governors of The San Diego Foundation, she now chairs the Board of Directors for Halozyme Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: HALO). Connie has been a lifelong volunteer and nonprofit board member at the local, national and international level. She has been an agent for strategic change and a champion for catalytic philanthropy and impact investing in her roles on foundation and regional grant maker boards including: Biogen Idec Foundation, Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, MiraCosta College Foundation, San Diego Foundation, World Foundation of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts and San Diego Grantmakers.


Debbie McKeon
President & CEO
San Diego Grantmakers

Prior to joining San Diego Grantmakers, Debbie was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Council of Michigan Foundations. Debbie has extensive experience in designing and supporting cross-sector collaborative impact models, especially utilizing network and systems change practices, and building public-private partnerships. She is nationally recognized for her expertise and innovative approaches in philanthropy, nonprofit capacity building, and business development, and is a frequent speaker at national convenings to share her learnings. Former positions include executive director of NorthSky Nonprofit Network (MI) and managing director & CEO of the Youth Orchestra of the Americas, both of which she was a founder. Recent state level board positions include the Michigan Association of United Ways and Michigan Humanities Council.


Greg Anglea
Chief Executive Officer
Interfaith Community Services

Greg’s career has been devoted to helping others. Greg started his career at the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice at the University of San Diego. He then joined Interfaith Community Services as the Volunteer Coordinator and Faith Liaison, and went on to serve as the Director of Development for five years. Later, he moved to California State University San Marcos as the Director of Major Gifts, building community support for a regional guaranteed-admission program that provides a path to college for low-income, under-served youth. Finally, Greg returned to Interfaith as its CEO. Greg is currently the Board President of the Alliance for Regional Solutions; Board Member of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless; Co-chair of the North County Live Well Leadership Team, and Immediate Past President of the North County Philanthropy Council.

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Ricardo Dos Santos
ResMed Strategy & Ventures
i2 Journey Guide

Ricardo dos Santos is an Entrepreneur in Residence in ResMed’s Strategy and Ventures arm. At ResMed, he manages the company’s novel ventures incubator, combining elements of internal and external entrepreneurship and venture capital. He is focused on creating purpose-driven, digital health ventures and partnerships at the world's most connected med-tech company, innovating like and with startups. Previously, Ricardo was the Chief Business Officer for Biological Dynamics, an oncology diagnostics startup, where he led the company from inception to its commercial stage while successfully securing multiple rounds of funding. Before BioDyn, Ricardo helped set the standard for successful corporate entrepreneurship at Qualcomm. While there, he created an internal innovation competition and corporate accelerator that turned out dozens of successful projects and leaders.

A Foundation of Innovation


About a decade ago, the Alliance Healthcare Foundation recognized it must innovate to meet our mission because of the large and unsustainable rates of dollars flowing to healthcare and becoming an ever-larger portion of the country’s GDP.

Our commitment to progress calls us to be bold, and today half of our budget is deployed towards seeking, seeding and scaling innovation.

In our view, innovations must achieve the trifecta of reducing costs, improving quality and increasing access to health and wellness.

 We have an established track record of sourcing, funding and developing scalable social enterprise innovations through our i2 Innovation Initiative.

Our Goal

 At Alliance Healthcare Foundation, we believe that wellness is not simply the absence of disease or infirmity. Rather it is complete physical, mental, spiritual and economic well-being.

Our goal is to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties that can also be advanced beyond our region.

If you, as an individual or an organization, are inspired and share our goals, you are invited to join us in leading the way to advance health and wellness through innovation.

We have recently opened an Alliance Innovation Fund at the San Diego Foundation to enable other foundations and philanthropists tojoin us. We will be sharing more about this new opportunity at the event.


Date: Thursday, May 9, 2019

Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm; includes a hosted lunch

Place: San Diego State University, Tula Community Center
6126 Montezuma Road, San Diego, CA 92115 




This event is for individual, private, foundation and government funders only.

Vavici advances to Top 25 in Alliance Healthcare Foundation's i2 Innovation Competition

Vavici advances to Top 25 in Alliance Healthcare Foundation's i2 Innovation Competition

Vavici is honored to be named one of 25 organizations to pitch to the Alliance Healthcare Foundation’s panel of judges and network of investors.

This group of 25 was selected from more than 100 organizations competing for the $1M prize. On May 9, each of the 25 organizations will deliver a three-minute pitch to an audience of more than 150. From that competition, five finalists will be selected to make a final pitch. One organization will be selected for $1M in funding.

The mission of Alliance Healthcare Foundation is to advance health and wellness for the most vulnerable in San Diego and Imperial counties. Founded in 1989, Alliance Healthcare Foundation accomplishes this work through funding, convening and advocacy, with funders, nonprofit, social enterprises, government and community agencies to advance health and wellness.

Dr. Han Chiu Tasked To Lead San Diego Obesity and Diabetes Working Group

Dr. Han Chiu, founder and CEO of Vavici, was tasked by Malin Burnham, San Diego philanthropist, to lead a working group of San Diego business leaders, philanthropists, and influencers to tackle the obesity and diabetes problem in San Diego and across the country. The group was started by Burnham to address a deep frustration that the group share with the current status quo. Despite our best efforts at direct-to-consumer and public health initiatives, spending tens of millions of dollars, the problem has only gotten worse.

Obesity and diabetes are both preventable and reversible. Yet even so, over the past two decades what were once, uncommon diseases have become the number one driver of healthcare costs, now representing an estimated one-third of all US healthcare costs.

Dr. Chiu was asked to work with the group and others to challenge convention, ask hard questions, and build a breakthrough pilot that can be implemented and tested in San Diego as a model for change throughout the country.