SAN FRANCISCO--()--Rock Health, the seed accelerator for web and mobile health applications, today announced the start-ups selected to enter its inaugural accelerator program. The chosen start-ups reflect trends that are shaping the next generation of health-related applications in terms of both vertical and origin. Ideas for transformative tools addressing personal health and patient care were crafted by developers of varying backgrounds, many of whom experienced personal health-related challenges or first-hand professional needs that served as inspiration for their projects.
“Until now, the healthcare and technology spheres have been totally separate. The brilliance of Rock Health is that, for the first time, a surge of talent is flowing into health apps -- the same brainy, bold, blue-sky entrepreneurs who brought about Web 2.0”
The selected start-ups are:
|* BrainBot (technology to improve mental performance)|
|* CellScope (at-home diagnosis of diseases)|
|* Genomera (personal health collaboration)|
|* Health In Reach (medical procedure marketplace)|
|* Omada Health (clinical treatment social networking)|
|* Pipette (patient monitoring and education)|
|* Skimble (mobile fitness)|
|* WeSprout (connecting health data and community)|
|* Three additional startups in stealth mode|
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Over 350 submitted entries were evaluated by Rock Health’s partners—leading organizations in the technology and health ecosystems, including prestigious Silicon Valley VCs and top-tier hospitals. The start-ups now enter an intense, five-month program providing funding, infrastructure, strategic medical, branding, communications and legal support, and mentoring from experts in design, health policy, lean start-up methodology and finance.
In addition, Rock Health selected a small group of member start-ups to receive resources and operational support.
“The quality of applications submitted was outstanding, and the sheer number of ideas we reviewed is testimony to an industry that is only on the cusp of gaining traction,” said Halle Tecco, founder and managing director of Rock Health. “The dominating themes addressed needs in both consumer and professional spheres, showing that the entire health ecosystem has the potential to evolve. We look forward to accompanying these start-ups through to the next phase and, although we were unable to select all qualified applicants, encourage each developer to continue to explore creativity in this sector.”
“Until now, the healthcare and technology spheres have been totally separate. The brilliance of Rock Health is that, for the first time, a surge of talent is flowing into health apps -- the same brainy, bold, blue-sky entrepreneurs who brought about Web 2.0,” said Patrick Chang, Partner at NEA. “These entrepreneurs see an ailing sector that can be restored more cheaply, easily and inventively than ever before. This inaugural class brings together physicians, web designers and more than a few yogis to work on cool, diverse concepts. Rock Health is an excitant in a field of infirmity.”
“We are thrilled to be working with Rock Health and engaging in the powerful ecosystem that is being developed,” added Dr. Michael Matley, leader in business development and new ventures for the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation. “By coupling the passion and innovation of these entrepreneurs, the scaling and business expertise of great investors, and the clinical expertise of the Mayo Clinic, we hope to create solutions to healthcare’s most compelling problems.”
About Rock Health
Rock Health is a seed accelerator targeting health-related mobile and web applications. By bringing together the brightest minds in technology and health, Rock Health provides crucial funding, mentorship and operational support to selected high-potential, early stage start-ups, nurturing the next generation of the digital health ecosystem. Founded in 2011, Rock Health is funded by top health, technology, venture capital and consumer product companies, and is backed by a wide network of mentors, advisors and partners, including leading hospitals. Together, the team will make creative ideas into transformative tools that can be swiftly adopted by the marketplace to revolutionize health. For more information, visit www.rockhealth.com.