SANTA CLARA, Calif. & AURORA, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StartUp Health, which is organizing and supporting a global army of Health Transformers, announced today the launch of StartUp Health Colorado, its second Regional Network Affiliate, and a model it pioneered last year with the launch of StartUp Health Finland, to support and connect health innovation hubs around the world.
StartUp Health Colorado will leverage three of the nation’s leading health institutions all located on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Children’s Hospital Colorado, CU Anschutz and UCHealth - and create a health innovation hub in the Rocky Mountain Region for health entrepreneurs, doctorpreneurs, investors and industry stakeholders.
Over the first three years, StartUp Health Colorado will collaborate with each institution to develop a custom innovation portfolio and plans to build, validate and commercialize at least 30 innovative health startups. These startups will be selected based on their alignment with the needs of each institution and their patient populations.
“We are proud to see the launch of StartUp Health Colorado and welcome its global community of Health Transformers,” said Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. “We’re seeing innovators flock to Colorado because there’s no better region for entrepreneurs to invent and grow.”
“We’re excited to be a founding partner of StartUp Health Colorado along with other leading institutions in the area because together we can build one of the most advanced health innovation hubs in the US,” said Gil Peri, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of Children’s Hospital Colorado. “Our vision is to speed up the pace of innovation by working collaboratively and to lead the way in supporting a generation of entrepreneurs and health practitioners to create meaningful solutions to help our patients.”
“UCHealth is not only focused on innovating the advanced care we provide patients but also how we provide that care,” said UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Richard Zane. “By partnering with StartUp Health and with entrepreneurs who are developing and creating new innovations and technologies, we can make medical care more efficient, safe, accessible and convenient for patients.”
“Colorado is emerging as a leading startup hub in the country,” said Kim Muller, Director of CU Innovations at CU Anschutz. “StartUp Health is bringing their knowledge and experience of building early stage health companies directly to the Rocky Mountain Region. We are confident that we will build long lasting relationships and partnerships with the entrepreneurs based right here in Colorado.”
“This is truly a game changing opportunity for Health Transformers,” said Steven Krein, co-founder and CEO of StartUp Health. “We’re excited to partner with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and chose Colorado to expand StartUp Health because of the entrepreneurial spirit and health focus in the region. It’s entrepreneurs like Phillip Anschutz and leaders and creators like those at Children’s Hospital Colorado, CU Anschutz and UCHealth, who provide fuel for entrepreneurs to change the world.”
Entrepreneurs and startups selected to join StartUp Health Colorado will receive exclusive opportunities to help commercialize and grow their businesses. They will also be invited to StartUp Health Academy, a lifetime coaching program, and receive ongoing access to StartUp Health’s network of over 30,000 industry leaders, investors and entrepreneurs.
StartUp Health Colorado will co-locate with CU Innovations on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora and leverage StartUp Health's global infrastructure and operations. StartUp Health Colorado will also receive additional support and funding through The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade and the Advanced Accelerator Grant Program. Entrepreneurs interested in joining StartUp Health Colorado can learn more and apply at www.startuphealth.com/colorado.
About StartUp Health
In 2011, StartUp Health introduced a new model for transforming health by organizing and supporting a global army of entrepreneurs called Health Transformers. StartUp Health is investing in 10 health moonshots with the long-term goal of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world. With the world’s largest digital health portfolio (more than 165 companies spanning 5 continents, 16 countries and 60+ cities), StartUp Health’s long-term platform for entrepreneurs includes the StartUp Health Academy, StartUp Health Network, StartUp Health Media and StartUp Health Ventures. StartUp Health was founded by Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes and is chaired by former Time Warner CEO, Jerry Levin. StartUp Health’s notable strategic partners and investors include AARP, Aurora Health Care, California Health Care Foundation, Children’s Hospital Colorado, University of Colorado, UCHealth, Steve Case, Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, Brad Feld, Genentech, GE Ventures, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and SeventySix Capital. Learn more at www.startuphealth.com.
About Children's Hospital Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado (Children's Colorado) has defined and delivered pediatric health care excellence for more than 100 years. Founded in 1908, Children's Colorado is a leading pediatric network entirely devoted to the health and well-being of children. Continually acknowledged as one of the nation's outstanding pediatric hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and ranked on its Best Children's Hospitals 2016-17 Honor Roll, Children's Colorado is known for both its nationally and internationally recognized medical, research, education and advocacy programs, as well as comprehensive everyday care for kids throughout Colorado and surrounding states. Children's Colorado is the winner of the 2015 American Hospital Association-McKesson Quest for Quality Prize, and is a 2013-2016 Most Wired hospital according to Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Children's Colorado also is recognized for excellence in nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Centers and has been designated a Magnet® hospital since 2005. The hospital's family-centered, collaborative approach combines the nation's top pediatric doctors, nurses and researchers to pioneer new approaches to pediatric medicine. With urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Metro Denver and Southern Colorado, including its campus on the Anschutz Medical Campus, Children's Colorado provides a full spectrum of pediatric specialties. For more information, visit www.childrenscolorado.org and connect with Children's Colorado on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
About University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus combines interdisciplinary teaching, research and clinical facilities to prepare the region’s future health care professionals, provide the best available health care at two nationally recognized hospitals and be a national leader in life sciences research. Annually, CU Anschutz medical professionals educate 4,000 degree-seeking future health professionals, provide 1.5 million patient visits, and are awarded approximately $400 million in research grants. For more information about CU Anschutz, and to access campus resources, go to http://www.ucdenver.edu/anschutz.
UCHealth is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. UCHealth combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, Colorado Health Medical Group, and University of Colorado Hospital into an organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.