June 10, 2011
It is really interesting that so much focus is suddenly shifting to healthcare startups and innovation. I just wrote about new startup accelerator Healthbox, which launched on the same day as StartUp Health. Can entrepreneurs solve the huge problems of this country’s miserable – and worsening – healthcare quality, affordability, and access? Maybe, but since Congress isn’t doing anything, it might be up to entrepreneurs to get us moving in the right direction.
Yesterday, U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra and OrganizedWisdom announced StartUp Health, a strategic initiative that is designed to improve access to capital, education and resources for health and wellness entrepreneurs. It will be chaired by former Chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. and current Director of OrganizedWisdom Jerry Levin.
The main goal of StartUp Health is to help entrepreneurs create, fund and build sustainable health and wellness companies by improving access to:
- Long-term support, guidance and mentoring
- Data, technology, tools and other required resources
- Sector-specific investors and stage-appropriate capital
- A collaborative community of like-minded people and organizations
- A talent pool of people dedicated to meaningful innovation in health and wellness
StartUp Health will produce a series of StartUp Health Roundtables to bring together entrepreneurs, investors and organizations to discuss the challenges and opportunities in launching health and wellness startups. The first will take place in New York City on July 13 and be moderated by Startup America Partnership CEO Scott Case. If you’d like to attend, visit their website for more information.
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