StartUp Health Academy
StartUp Health is a long-term Academy for “Healthcare Transformers” providing a structured curriculum and peer networks designed to help leaders and innovators navigate the unique challenges of building a sustainable growth business in the health sector. StartUp Health represents a new model for helping innovation succeed in the health sector and is based on a simple premise: the best way to transform healthcare is to support and promote entrepreneurs with ongoing inspiration, education, and access to customers, capital, and other critical resources so that innovation and growth can occur more quickly.
This highly selective three-year program was created by seasoned entrepreneurs to help health
and wellness startups scale via a structured curriculum with unique customer and investor access powered by the StartUp Health Network and community. The location- and stage-agnostic program focuses on customer development, capitalization and fundraising, scaling team and talent, and streamlining operations to best position startups for growth.
A Three-Year Structured Program
One of the key things that makes StartUp Health Academy unique is that we have a long-term focus on connecting health and wellness startups with customers, pilot programs, strategic capital partners, and the critical resources designed to help Healthcare Transformers achieve 10x equity value for their businesses. The Academy is structured as a three-year curriculum with strategic thinking tools and collaborative peer groups designed to help Healthcare Transformers navigate the many challenges of building a sustainable growth business in the health sector. There is great power in these networks and in the access we provide to the community of customers, investors, and partners we have organized to transform healthcare.
A Stage-Agnostic Program
StartUp Health Academy is “stage” agnostic, meaning we encourage Healthcare Transformers at every stage of development to apply. Many Healthcare Transformers participating are experienced entrepreneurs or executives who have built and sold other companies. Others are doctors and innovators who are inventing game-changing technologies. All are passionate leaders on a mission to improve care.
StartUp Health Academy Is an International Program
StartUp Health is location agnostic and we encourage people to apply regardless of where they reside as there is no need to relocate. We are able to do this by implementing a collaborative approach to coaching entrepreneurs, building peer-groups, using a structured curriculum, and leveraging Web and mobile technologies. Entrepreneurs accepted into the program are required to participate in the following ways:
- StartUp Health CEO Summits: Once every quarter, you completely remove yourself from your business to participate in our in-person live Summits that put the focus on you and your startup.
- Online Tools: Online tools and exercises to help you collaborate and work through your most important challenges and opportunities.
- Virtual Office Hours: Get one-on-one coaching to help you answer specific questions or navigate stage-specific challenges.
Healthcare Transformer Summits
StartUp Health Networking Reception During StartUp Health CEO Summit
Once per quarter, we gather for our in-person Healthcare Transformer Summits. Summits include an all-day workshop, partner access sessions, and networking events. These exciting events are transformative, invaluable, and exclusively for Healthcare Transformers enrolled in StartUp Health Academy.
The Academic Experience:
Collaborative Power with Peer Groups
StartUp Health Academy Healthcare Transformers Gather in June 2013
A key part of our process is that we structure peer groups of Healthcare Transformers who we believe will compliment one another and help propel each other forward based on expertise, stage, and area of focus. We believe the power of these small teams of complimentary companies, combined with the entire StartUp Health Network, will create tremendous leverage and a support infrastructure for the growing ecosystem.
Focused on Customers and Strategic Partners
StartUp Health Academy Healthcare Transformers Meet in an Intimate Setting with Investors
At the end of the first year, our goal is for all enrolled startups to have paying customers, pilot partners, or outside strategic investors to validate their long-term sustainability as a business. Individual target goals are also set up with each company at the outset of the program.
Selecting More Healthcare Transformers in 2013
We accepted 24 companies in 2012, and our plan is to enroll many more Healthcare Transformers in 2013. Entrepreneurs, doctors, researchers, and health innovators at all stages are invited to apply to the StartUp Health Academy.
First Class Kicked Off in March 2012
Our inaugural class of 10 Healthcare Transformers was announced at SXSW in March. These extraordinary and passionate entrepreneurs and innovators are on a mission to solve one of the great challenges of our time: fixing a broken healthcare system in ways that significantly reduce costs and dramatically improve care. Additional Healthcare Transformers will be admitted to StartUp Health Academy and will be announced throughout the year, so if you haven’t applied yet there is still time because of our rolling review process.
To date, we have received over 900 applications from an incredibly diverse and deserving group of Healthcare Transformers (serial entrepreneurs, doctors, researchers, and health innovators). We’ve had the opportunity to meet with hundreds of companies and we continually scout new applicants as well as review and check in with companies who may have already applied. While we won’t be able to have a one-on-one meetings with every company, we do review every application and provide many free resources to the entire community and ecosystem including access to StartUp Health Network, free events, learning sessions, perk programs, and discounted resources to help you succeed. If you are not invited to attend right away, that doesn’t mean you won’t be selected in the future so we hope you will continue to take an active role in the community and events and keep us updated on your progress. We see this as a long-term vision and we plan to support all of the Healthcare Transformers in this rapidly growing ecosystem.
More Healthcare Transformers Enrolled in September 2012
In September of 2012, StartUp Health announced the addition of 12 additional Healthcare Transformers who were selected to join our rapidly growing national academy for health and wellness entrepreneurship.
GE and StartUp Health Academy Entrepreneurship Program
2013 started off with a bang with StartUp Health launching the GE and StartUp Health Academy Entrepreneurship Program in partnership with GE as part of its healthymagination initiative, a $6 billion global commitment to provide better health for more people by improving quality, access, and affordability of care. This unique Program helps early-stage consumer health companies navigate the unique challenges of building successful growth companies. This Program leverages the entire GE infrastructure to build and scale transformative consumer health innovations and takes a tailored and customized approach to accelerating startup growth.
StartUp Health Academy operates on a selective basis, picking the best of the best to join. We continue to add select groups of Healthcare Transformers to the Academy each quarter. With over 1,000 companies who have already applied we won’t be able to accept everyone, but we review all applications and check in on the progress of past applicants.
Provide Scholarships to Help Support Innovation
If you or your organization would be interested in becoming a StartUp Health Scholarship Partner to help sponsor a class, please contact us today. This program would not be possible without the generous support of our corporate partners and foundations who provide scholarships to entrepreneurs.