• Leadership + Entrepreneurship + Experience = Success

    The CORE is a boutique firm led by accomplished multi-disciplinary leaders who help companies scale their businesses, accelerate innovation, and execute spinoffs.

  • Our Focus Areas

    "The best thing corporations can do is to understand and embrace the world outside." - Entrepreneur Mag, July 2015


    Digital Health, Innovation in Healthcare, and Devices

    Internet of Things

    Smart Cities, Smart Buildings, and Connected Devices

    Executive Coaching

    Strategy, Execution, Portfolio Management and Lean Startup

    Investor Diligence

    Assessments of Technology, Strategy, Team and more

  • What We Do

    We have the appetite and experience to help you change the world.

    Innovation Program, Strategy and Implementation

    Based on our decades of experience developing and commercializing advancements across different major areas, we will work with you to understand your goals, your team and your company’s situational reality. We will then collaborate on tailoring or refining a strategy specific to you, and an implementation plan for execution.

    Portfolio Development

    Leveraging our proven track record in innovation, we can do an internal IP review and assessment, commercialization strategy, and recommend financing options to make it happen.

    Corporate Development and Structuring

    Sometimes your existing structure doesn't allow for efficient innovation or execution. We can share best practices and propose personalized methods to invent, whether it's a spin-off, joint venture, or for-profit arm.

    Investment Advisory

    Whether you are an angel, institutional investor, or impact fund, we provide unbiased and seasoned perspective to help you ensure your investments are thriving. And for select companies, we can help prepare you for your raise.

  • Principals

    Rachel Dixon

    Nicole McNew

    Nicole is a leader in cluster development and operations management. Previously the President and Executive Director at Prime Health and Associate Director at the American Diabetes Association, Nicole specializes in building alliances between public-private partners to drive collaboration and accelerate growth. She works with startups and partners in vision formation and execution strategy.


    Scott Mackaro

    Scott Mackaro, Ph.D., CPC

    Scott is an atmospheric scientist turned product & strategy executive who specializes in science based, data driven technologies and enabling public-private partnerships. His recent focus areas include technologies in renewable energy, precision agriculture, emergency management, and data analytics. In addition to advising startups, angel investors, and entrepreneurs, Scott also works with students and universities across the country to coach and mentor the next generation of science and technology professionals.

    [LinkedIn] [@ScottMackaro]

    Rachel Dixon

    Jessie Hanson

    Jessie is the National Program Coordinator for Science Riot (www.scienceriot.org), a public-outreach organization promoting science communication through comedy. She's spent time working in healthcare technologies including point-of-care solutions and clinical diagnostics; and, managing outreach campaigns for adult education. She is looking to leverage her experiences in public writing and communications for areas such as healthcare, smart cities, and learning.

    [LinkedIn] [On Denver]

    Bernie McKibben

    Bernie McKibben

    Bernie is a mobile network architect who helps bring innovative wireless solutions to market. His recent focus areas include emerging 5G technologies, LTE, Carrier Wi-Fi, small cells and low power WAN technologies. These technology areas are important enablers for the Internet of Things and Smart Cities. Bernie has been active in leading industry forums such as 3GPP, the WFA and WBA. He has been a speaker at major industry conferences and holds 14 issued patents.


    Rachel Dixon

    Rachel Dixon

    Rachel Dixon is a leader in the clinical, operational, and technological implementation of tele-based modes of care delivery. Her experience and expertise include the design, implementation, and maintenance of virtual collaborative care, and Medicaid payer space, in primary care, mental health, and residential paradigms, among others. She believes healthcare is a human right and is passionate about serving the underserved.

    [LinkedIn] [@innovationrach]

    Vanessa Carmean

    Vanessa Carmean, Ph.D.

    Vanessa is a neuroscientist and an entrepreneur. She works with organizations who wish to leverage advancements in science & technology, incorporate transformative strategies, and develop innovative business models. In addition to managing her own consumer packaged goods company, she advises startups and entrepreneurs, growth stage companies and economic development organizations. Her current focus areas are health and smart cities.

    [LinkedIn] [@vanessacarmean]

  • Founding Directors

    Sumanth Channabasappa Picture

    Sumanth Channabasappa

    Technologist and entrepreneur who has led or contributed to these globally impactful efforts: mobile, broadband, internet, network security, Voice over IP, and the Internet of Things. Sumanth currently contributes to accessibility technologies, digital health and smart cities; and, advises companies about strategy, technology, business models and lean execution.



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    Vijay R. Bangaru

    Vijay is a technology and product executive with a record of building innovative products at Google, Microsoft, Oracle and MapQuest, as well as deep expertise in early stage and growth stage companies as a CEO and Board Member.
    Along with deep knowledge of mobile commerce, databases, file systems and more, he is heavily involved in advising and mentoring early stage companies and investors.

    [LinkedIn] [@vrbangaru]

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    Ken Fricklas

    A long time Denver entrepreneur, Ken co-founded 5 companies and advised many others. He's a technologist and internet pioneer, with deep knowledge of ecommerce, Internet of Things, Smart Cities, and devops, and is a frequent public speaker and author. Elsewhere, Ken is the Design and Sprint lead for  10.10.10 and Director of Content Development for LeadingAgile.

    [LinkedIn] [@fricklas]

  • Advisory Board

    Mike Biselli

    Founder of MedPassage, board member of Prime Health, senior advisor to 10.10.10, and now creator of Catalyst HTI. In partnership with governmental, academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations, Mike Biselli is developing a health-tech innovation ecosystem in Denver’s River North District (RiNo) that will bring together digital health startups and Fortune 20s alike in the race to fix American healthcare.

    [LinkedIn] [@mikebiselli]

    Alexander Vo, Ph.D.

    Alex is a recognized national expert and speaker in telemedicine who has held senior leadership roles in multiple, diverse organizations such as health systems, health plans, technology startups, governmental and defense agencies.
    Alex has deep expertise in helping large organizations identify, facilitate, and commercialize internal innovations, producing successful spin-offs and joint ventures.


  • Affiliates

    A J Cohen

    AJ has 4 co-founded companies, created many go-to-market strategies and sales deployments in retail and technology areas over three decades, and currently contributes to innovation in health care and IoT. He remains passionate about creating partnerships and connections that benefit startups, businesses, and organizations. He is active in 10.10.10, Prime Health & WomenWhoStartUp

    [LinkedIn] [@TwiTajh]

    Kevin Morningstar

    Kevin Morningstar has over 30 years experience in the medical device industry. As a serial entrepreneur and angel investor, Kevin has been active in the Colorado startup community for over 15 years. He currently consults in the medical device industry, digital health community and angel investor network.
    [LinkedIn] [@kevinmstar]

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