Ten healthcare information technology start-up companies have relocated to Overland Park, Kan., for three months of mentoring from technology professionals, regional healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs.
The companies, nine based in the United States and one from Australia, are the first participants in the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator program, done in partnership with Techstars, which provides seed funding on behalf of venture capital firms and angel investors.
In addition to mentoring and honing business strategies, each company will receive up to $120,000 in funding. Graduation comes on June 10 when they pitch themselves and their products to an audience of investors and business leaders, according to Sprint. The partnership with Sprint is Techstars first accelerator program related to mobile health.
The participating start-up companies are:
Akibah, San Jose, Calif. (managing diabetes on a smartphone), http://www.akibah.com;
Fitbark, New York (activity tracker for dogs), http://www.fitbark.com;
Lifeline Response, Chicago (personal security monitoring network on a mobile device), http://www.llresponse.com;
Medicast, Palo Alto, Calif. (doctor visits to a home, office or hotel within two hours), https://medicast.co;
ollo mobile, Brisbane, Australia (wearable smartphone with safety/wellness apps including fall detection), http://ollomobile.net;
Prime, San Francisco (app to quickly and automatically get health records from any doctor), http://www.stayinyourprime.com;
sickweather, Baltimore (social health network providing illness forecasting and mapping), http://www.sickweather.com;
Symptom.ly, Salt Lake City (symptom tracking for insurers, doctors and consumers), http://www.symptom.ly.com;
Tenacity Health, Boston (wellness communities to reduce an organizations health costs), http://www.tenacityhealth.us; and
yosko, Cambridge, Mass. (efficient care coordination for hospitals), http://www.yosko.com
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