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StartUp Health, which is organizing and supporting a global army of Health Transformers, announced today (Nov. 16, 2016) the inaugural Call for Innovations for StartUp Health Colorado. This Call for Innovations is a part of the unique collaboration between StartUp Health, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Children’s Hospital Colorado and UCHealth, to discover and support entrepreneurs and innovators seeking to transform health.
This initial Call for Innovation seeks to find the most innovative entrepreneurs and innovators addressing the Children’s Health Moonshots and Access to Care Moonshots, two of StartUp Health’s 10 Health Moonshots that will impact the health of everyone in the world. Entrepreneurs building companies addressing the following themes within these two Moonshots should apply:
Entrepreneurs selected for StartUp Health Colorado will receive co-development, clinical validation and pilot opportunities for their companies with Children’s Hospital Colorado and/or UCHealth, both nationally recognized, top-ranked hospital systems. Entrepreneurs will have direct access to the researchers, faculty, clinicians, and leadership from these world-class institutions as they implement their solutions at the point of care.
In addition to clinical validation and pilot opportunities, entrepreneurs accepted into StartUp Health Colorado companies will become a part of StartUp Health’s global Health Transformer community, receive lifetime access to the StartUp Health Academy to help grow their business and receive access to StartUp Health’s global network of over 30,000 industry leaders, investors, customers and world-class partners like AARP, GE, Janssen Research & Development, and others.
“Our vision at Children’s Colorado is to reimagine the way we can improve child health in our region and beyond,” said Gil Peri, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “Innovators from around the world are working on solutions to transform the way we interact with children and families—from prevention and early detection, to the experience they have at the hospital and long after they are recovering at home.
“By providing an opportunity to help develop and clinically validate impactful technologies designed to solve the toughest problems in health care today, we can revolutionize the way care is delivered to our patients,” said Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer and Professor and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the CU School of Medicine. “Constantly improving outcomes and care delivery while driving virtual and telehealth solutions are keys to transforming the future of medicine.”
“StartUp Health Colorado is giving entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to commercialize alongside these world class institutions and improve the quality of their solutions and products.” said Kim Muller, Director of CU Innovations, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
“We’re looking forward to supporting entrepreneurs from the Rocky Mountain region and around the world and inviting them to be part of our global army of Health Transformers” said Polina Hanin, Director of StartUp Health Academy.
StartUp Health’s unique long-term platform for supporting entrepreneurs building digital health companies has resulted in the world’s largest digital health portfolio (more than 175 companies spanning 5 continents, 16 countries and 60+ cities), 10 acquisitions by companies including Intel, WebMD, Under Armour and Zimmer Biomet and its companies have raised over $620M of funding since 2012. StartUp Health’s diverse portfolio is currently comprised of 40% “doctorpreneurs”, 30% female founders and almost one-third serial entrepreneurs.
Entrepreneurs can apply online for this inaugural Call for Innovation until December 9, 2016 at StartUpHealth.com/Colorado. Entrepreneurs currently in StartUp Health Academy, or that have previously applied to StartUp Health, will also be considered if they submit an application by the deadline. Entrepreneurs selected for this program will be announced in spring 2017.
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