Our Journey to
Transform Health

In 2011, StartUp Health introduced a revolutionary new model for transforming health by organizing, supporting, and investing in a global army of entrepreneurs called Health Transformers™. StartUp Health is investing in 10 Health Moonshots to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world.

Here are our major milestones since we launched.



Steven Krein, Unity Stoakes, and Jerry Levin Meet at SXSW to Plant Seeds for Transforming Health

March 2011


HHS CTO Todd Park Invites StartUp Health to Washington to Announce Plan to Build 1,000 Digital Health Companies

April 2011

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StartUp Health Coins Term Health Transformer™ to Recognize Super-Entrepreneurs Focusing on Health Innovation

June 2011

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President Obama and Vice President Biden Meet With StartUp Health Co-Founders to Discuss Transformation of Health

June 2011


US CTO Aneesh Chopra and Steven Krein Announce StartUp Health Mission at Health Datapalooza Conference in DC

June 2011


First Community Event Hosted in NYC to Organize Health Transformers

July 2011


Esther Dyson Is the First Angel Investor to Back StartUp Health

July 2011


StartUp Health Launches Insights™ Reports to Help Health Transformers Track Active Investors and Trends

January 2012


March 2012


California HealthCare Foundation and AT&T Become First Partners of StartUp Health

March 2012


First Quarterly Health Transformer Summit Held in NYC

March 2012


Launch of New Innovation Fund Backed by Steve Case, Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, and Brad Feld

April 2012


Launch of Perks Platform for Health Transformers, With Leading Organizations Including Amazon, Google, Morgan Lewis, Silicon Valley Bank, and WeWork

September 2012


Launch of StartUp Health Network to Organize "Batteries Included" Investors and Customers

October 2012


40 Health Transformers Joined StartUp Health in 2012

End of 2012


January 2013


April 2013

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StartUp Health Begins Global Expansion, Adding Companies From Israel and Ireland

April 2013

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First Health Transformer From South America Joins Academy

July 2013


Gene by Gene Acquires Arpeggi, a StartUp Health- and GE-Backed Company, and Is the First Portfolio Company Acquired

August 2013


Cleveland Clinic Partners With StartUp Health to Showcase Health Transformers at Annual Medical Summit

October 2013

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and StartUp Health Partner to Focus on Health Innovation for Underserved Communities

December 2013


45 Health Transformers Joined StartUp Health in 2013

End of 2013




Google Partners With StartUp Health on "Healthcare Reimagined Summit" Held at NYC Headquarters

April 2014


First Health Transformer From Asia Joins Academy

April 2014


StartUp Health Returns to the White House on 3rd Anniversary With 60 Health Transformers

June 2014


StartUp Health NOW, a Weekly Web Show, Launches Featuring Health Transformers and Changemakers

August 2014


Kaiser Permanente Ventures Invests in StartUp Health Innovation Fund

November 2014


80 Health Transformers Joined StartUp Health in 2014

End of 2014


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Aurora Health Care and StartUp Health Partner to Support Startups Transforming Care Delivery

June 2015


Opening of First StartUp Health Village in NYC

October 2015


Global Platform Expands With Launch of StartUp Health Europe

November 2015

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StartUp Health Ventures Launches to Invest Exclusively in Health Transformers

November 2015


75 Health Transformers Joined StartUp Health in 2015

End of 2015



The StartUp Health Festival Convenes 1,000 of the World’s Health Transformers and Leaders

January 2016


Dr. Howard Krein, Chief Medical Officer, Travels Globe With VP Biden to Support White House's Cancer Moonshot

Spring 2016


April 2016


First Health Transformer From Africa Joins Academy

June 2016


Dr. Howard Krein, StartUp Health CMO, Introduces Vice President Biden at Health Datapalooza

June 2016


150th Company Joins StartUp Health Moonshot Academy Coinciding With 5th Anniversary

June 2016

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Providence St. Joseph’s Health Acquires StartUp Health Company Medicast

July 2016


StartUp Health & GE Ventures Host VIP Celebration for 10 Years of Health 2.0

September 2016


StartUp Health Partners With SAP on Global CEO Summit

October 2016


StartUp Health’s Health Transformer Showcase and VP Biden Kick Off Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit

October 2016


StartUp Health Announces 10 Moonshots to Improve Health and Wellbeing of Everyone in the World

October 2016


October 2016



StartUp Health’s Global Army of Health Transformers on Quest to Achieve 10 Health Moonshots Convenes in San Francisco

January 2017

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January 2017

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StartUp Health Announces Global Agreement With SAP Health

April 2017


StartUp Health Launches HEALTH TRANSFORMER Blog

May 2017


Biden Cancer Initiative Launches With StartUp Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Howard Krein, on Board of Directors

June 2017

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Generali Global Assistance Acquires StartUp Health Company CareLinx

September 2017

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StartUp Health Launches Its New Transformer Fund to Support 250 Companies

September 2017


Launch of StartUp Health HQ, a Global Virtual Headquarters for Health Transformers and Members of the StartUp Health Network

December 2017

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StartUp Health’s Global Army Continues to Grow - Surpassing 200 Companies Representing 18 Countries on Six Continents

December 2017


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2,000+ Innovators From 40 Countries Join 220 Health Transformers From 110 StartUp Health Companies at the 2018 StartUp Health Festival

January 2018

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January 2018

StartUp Health Expands to 21 Countries With Addition of China, Pakistan, and Singapore

March 2018

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StartUp Health Participates in Unite to Cure, a Global Health Event Hosted by the Vatican and Cura Foundation in Vatican City

April 2018

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April 2018

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StartUp Health Company Maxwell Health Acquired by Sun Life Financial

June 2018

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StartUp Health Company Babyscripts Acquires iBirth

June 2018


Opening of StartUp Health Village in San Francisco

July 2018

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StartUp Health Welcomes the 250th Company to Its Global Army of Health Transformers Spanning 21 Countries

August 2018

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StartUp Health Kicks Off 2018 World Tour With Health Transformer Events in Spain, Germany, Bulgaria, Argentina, South Africa, and across the United States

August 2018

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StartUp Health Company OpenBeds Acquired by Appriss

August 2018

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StartUp Health Joins Andreessen Horowitz in Investing in Devoted Health’s New "Payvidor" Vision

October 2018

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StartUp Health Expands to 22 Countries With Addition of Belarus

October 2018

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StartUp Health's Health Transformer Showcase at Frontiers Health in Berlin, Germany, Features Health Moonshot Stories From 12 Portfolio Companies

November 2018


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January 2019

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Dr. Jill Biden's StartUp Festival Keynote Shares a Powerful Message on What’s Next for the Cancer Moonshot

January 2019

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“We Choose to Go to the Moon” — StartUp Health Magazine’s Health Moonshot Issue Launches

January 2019


StartUp Health Company Greatist Acquired by Healthline

February 2019

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StartUp Health Company CareLinx Acquires Optimal Aging

February 2019

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Italy Becomes the 23rd Country Represented in the StartUp Health Global Army of Health Transformers

March 2019

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April 2019

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StartUp Health Invests in Public Health Company Cityblock and Welcomes Them into Global Army of Health Transformers

April 2019


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