StartUp Health

Moonshot Academy


Join Our Global Army of Health Transformers

Working individually and collectively to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world

StartUp Health Moonshot Academy is a one-of-its-kind program providing entrepreneurs with the long-term coaching, support, and access they need to succeed as Health Transformers — successful entrepreneurs from all around the world and at every company stage who are focused on achieving one of 10 Health Moonshots. Through a unique combination of coaching workshops, peer community, a crowd-sourced investor and customer network, market intelligence, powerful promotion channels, and online collaboration tools, StartUp Health Moonshot Academy empowers Health Transformers to become powerful magnets to continually attract the right team, customers, investors, and partners.


Master the Health Moonshot Mindsets

We help entrepreneurs succeed as Health Transformers by helping them master the Health Moonshot Mindsets, a suite of 24 mindsets that help entrepreneurs become powerful magnets to continually attract the right team, customers, investors, and partners.

  • Long-Term

    You are “all in” and will do whatever it takes to transform health

  • Supportive

    You are surrounded by like-minded people who encourage you

  • Quarterly &
    Weekly Rhythm

    You recalibrate every 90 days and begin each week with purpose

  • Confidently

    You always convey confidence regardless of the obstacles

  • Self-Aware

    You are coachable and aware of your and others’ unique abilities

  • Healthy Habits

    You have a clear mind and healthy body and practice gratitude

  • Value Creator

    You are continually making your future bigger than your past

  • Batteries-Included

    You always provide energy and have no tolerance for those who drain yours

  • Health
    Moonshot Story

    Your story is repeatable and communicates a long-term impact

  • Backable

    You have a committed and credible leadership team, board, and advisors

  • Differentiated

    Your company’s brand is clearly differentiated in a well-defined sector

  • Increasing

    Your revenue, user traction, and reach are growing exponentially

  • Scalable
    Business Model

    Your company utilizes network effects and repeatable sales processes

  • Proprietary

    Your technology uniquely and seamlessly delivers value for your customers

  • Valuable

    Your strategic partnerships build long-term equity value for you

  • Capital to

    You have 12-18 months of capital to fully focus on your Master Plan

  • CEO Urgency

    CEO has announced publicly that transforming health is a top priority

  • Model for

    Your partners continues to set new industry benchmarks that peers strive to emulate

  • Startup

    Your partners have formal relationships with several startups

  • Champion of

    Your partners publicly promote / endorse their wins with startups

  • Value Alignment

    You only collaborate when there is complete value alignment in objectives

  • Capability Alignment

    Your partnerships are operationally seamless and deliver a clear ROI

  • Team Commitment

    Your partners have an established innovation strategy with a defined team

  • Capital Committed

    Your partners have capital and resources committed towards collaboration


Quarterly Recalibration Workshops for Life

The StartUp Health Moonshot Academy is designed to measure, improve, and reinforce the Health Moonshot Mindsets through three required Recalibration Workshops each quarter that enable Health Transformers to step back alongside their peers.


Health Transformer Mindset Workshops

Act and communicate every day with a Health Transformer Mindset. Recalibrate on the eight Health Transformer Mindsets, which are critical for a successful entrepreneur to master in order to achieve their Health Moonshot.


Health Moonshot Company Workshops

Build a sustainable Health Moonshot Company that makes a meaningful impact on the world. Recalibrate on the eight Health Moonshot Company Mindsets, which collectively shape the company’s story that is used to attract the right team, customers, investors, and partners.


Health Moonshot Partner Workshops

Attract the best Health Moonshot Partners who will be long-term, supportive customers, investors, and partners. Recalibrate on the eight Health Moonshot Partner Mindsets, which optimize and strengthen their sales and investor pipelines to build long-term equity value for their company.

There is a minimum participation commitment of at least six hours each quarter for the three, two-hour Quarterly Recalibration Workshops. Additionally Health Transformers must update their Company Profile on the StartUp Health HUB and distribute an Investor Update once per quarter.


VIP Access to the StartUp Health HUB

StartUp Health’s digital platform used by Health Transformers during (and in between) each workshop is designed to centralize the collective relationships, knowledge, and wisdom of our global community and empower Health Transformers. Health Transformers have 24/7 access, so you can always benefit from the StartUp Health Academy, regardless of how busy you are or where you’re located.


Your profile promotes your company and gives you access to fellow Health Transformers, StartUp Health Coaches, and investors and customers within the StartUp Health Network

Strategic Toolkit

Leverage scorecards, templates, worksheets, and resources that help you navigate your company’s most difficult challenges and biggest opportunities

Gain Visibility &

Reach a growing audience of more than 130,000 influencers around the world through StartUp Health’s Health Transformer media platform that includes newsletters, podcasts, and social content

Industry Event

A global calendar of networking, industry events, and conferences through our partnerships with event organizers help Health Transformers access discounts, pitch opportunities, and showcases

Investor & Customer
Smart Lists

Create custom lists of investors, customers, and partners crowdsourced from StartUp Health and the community of Health Transformers

StartUp Health
Insights Pro ™

Search our database of digital health funding, tracking over $25B of funding into 1,600 startups by more than 2,000 investors since 2010

VIP Festival

Priority access to the annual StartUp Health Festival in SF designed to showcase Health Transformers and connect to more than 1,000 leaders, investors, and customers


Take advantage of more than $400,000 in perks and discounts from leading industry providers


Connect and collaborate with fellow Health Transformers from all over the world with diverse backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and unique abilities

Health Transformer

Connect with the experts at implementing the tools and concepts of the Academy and accessing relationships in the Network


Innovation Programs

Each of StartUp Health’s Innovation Program Partners is committed to transforming health on a global scale. Partner with the world’s leading brands.


Together We Can Improve the Health and Wellbeing of Everyone in the World

As a member of StartUp Health Moonshot Academy, you’ll join Health Transformers from around the world three times each quarter to cultivate your Health Moonshot Mindset. By doing so, you’ll become a powerful magnet, attracting the talent, partners, and investors you need to build a company that achieves your Health Moonshot.


  • What is a Health Transformer?

    A Health Transformer™ is a successful entrepreneur working to achieve their Health Moonshot who is also a member of StartUp Health Moonshot Academy. Health Transformers are selected for StartUp Health Moonshot Academy because they are distinguished from average entrepreneurs who are committed for the long term, surrounded by supportive relationships, recalibrate quarterly, and are confidently ambitious, self-aware, practice healthy habits, create value, and are batteries included. By adopting the Health Moonshot Mindset, entrepreneurs become powerful magnets continually attracting the talent, investors, customers, and partners they need to achieve their Health Moonshot. By collaborating and working together as a global force for good, Health Transformers are making an extraordinary impact on the world’s health and wellbeing. Finally, Health Transformers simply believe in paying it forward by supporting and helping their fellow Health Transformers.

  • What is a Health Moonshot Company?

    A Health Moonshot Company is striving to achieve at least one of StartUp Health’s 10 Health Moonshots: Access to Care, Cost to Zero, Curing Disease, Ending Cancer, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Nutrition and Fitness, Brain Health, Mental Health/Wellbeing, and Longevity. As members of StartUp Health Moonshot Academy, Health Transformers learn to transform their companies from regular digital health companies into Health Moonshot Companies. A Health Moonshot Company has a compelling story, a backable team, a differentiated brand, increasing traction, a scalable business model, proprietary technology, valuable partnerships, and capital to execute. Most importantly, building a Health Moonshot Company helps entrepreneurs become a magnet to attract the partners, capital, and talent needed to accomplish its Health Moonshot Mission.

  • What are Health Moonshot Partners?

    Health Moonshot Partners are the individuals, companies, and institutions that are long-term, supportive customers, investors, and partners to Health Transformers. They embody the eight Health Moonshot Partner Mindsets we believe are required to accelerate success and are aligned and excited to help Health Transformers achieve their Health Moonshot. They have CEO or leadership urgency, aim to be a model for others, have momentum with startups, are champions of entrepreneurs, align with startups around value creation and capability, and have a committed team and capital dedicated to working with startups. Together they form an ecosystem of support around Health Transformers.

  • Why do Health Transformers recalibrate every quarter?

    It’s critical for a Health Transformer to step back to evaluate what worked and what didn’t work each quarter so s/he can double down on what worked and iterate on what hasn’t. Every quarter, we require Health Transformers to participate in three Recalibration Workshops, to focus on their own mindset, their company’s mindset to assess where progress has been made in the company, or their partners’ mindsets so they can actively evaluate the partners on their target list and make sure the pipeline has value-add partners and is not pitching anyone and everyone. The StartUp Health Moonshot Academy is designed as a long-term program to measure, improve, and reinforce these mindsets through three Recalibration Workshops each quarter. By giving Health Transformers the opportunity to make a positive shift in their mindsets and goals, the Recalibration Workshops allow their companies to take a huge leap forward each quarter.

  • What is a Health Transformer Coach?

    Every one of the more than 30+ full-time team members at StartUp Health is a Health Transformer Coach. They support Health Transformers in a variety of ways, including helping them implement the tools and concepts of the Academy, identifying relationships in the Network, and guiding them through critical moments of value creation and thinking through their company’s toughest challenges. While Health Transformer Coaches don’t tell an entrepreneur what to do, they will guide them to the people or tools they need during moments of value creation, where equity value is either built or lost, such as successfully navigating financing rounds, cultivating and building a great team, or helping evaluate and filter M&A opportunities.

  • Why is StartUp Health a long-term program?

    Reimagining health and wellness is hard. For an entrepreneur to succeed in this industry, an “all in” mindset and “do what it takes for as long as it takes” approach is essential. At StartUp Health, we believe an entrepreneur’s partners need to be “all in” too, supporting an entrepreneur as early as the launch of their company to well into its growth phase when they are no longer a startup. It could take longer than 90 days or sometimes nine months just to get a meeting and you need long-term collaborations and commitment from everyone helping you, including customers, investors, and partners. That’s why StartUp Health Moonshot Academy is a lifetime program and not a 90-day accelerator, 12-month incubator, or traditional investment firm. For as long as it takes, we are long-term thought partners and sit on the same side of the table and support Health Transformers during the long journey to achieve their Health Moonshots. “We believe no one can or should have to do it alone, which is why we have a 25-year mission to organize and support a global army of Health Transformers to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world,” said Steven Krein, CEO of StartUp Health. “And just like you, we’re all in.”

  • What does it mean to be a part of StartUp Health's Global Army of Health Transformers?

    It means you are no longer alone. When an entrepreneur joins StartUp Health’s Global Army of Health Transformers, they join a global movement that is attracting thousands of “batteries-included” entrepreneurs, investors, and leaders dedicated to making a leap forward in transforming health and wellbeing for the world. The ability to collaborate with fellow Health Transformers helps entrepreneurs overcome obstacles and produce a meaningful impact. Being organized into Health Moonshot communities enables them to work closely with a global ecosystem of companies committed to solving the same problems they’re addressing. No longer alone, an entrepreneur in StartUp Health’s Global Army of Health Transformers has access to the feedback, advice, and support of peers from around the world. “Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Elon Musk all built companies that have transformed our lives,” said Unity Stoakes, president of StartUp Health. “If a single entrepreneur can change the world, imagine what an army of us can do marching together to solve the biggest health challenges of our time.”

  • How does StartUp Health's equity model work?

    StartUp Health earns a small percent of founder equity in companies in exchange for lifetime membership in and access to programming of StartUp Health Moonshot Academy. While short-term accelerators' typical model is to exchange 6-8% equity for $20,000 to $100,000 in cash, a few weeks of mentorship, and a demo day, StartUp Health’s model is to earn between 2% to 10% in exchange for its long-term program (for the lifetime of the business) and ongoing access to coaching, support, and resources designed to help entrepreneurs build valuable relationships with partners, investors, and customers. By sharing equity with StartUp Health, we are sitting on the same side of the table as the founders and only win when they win. Instead of distributing lots of small checks, we invest millions of dollars each year into a 30+ person team, technology, resources, events, and a support infrastructure to support our Health Transformers. We leverage the network effect of this platform so together all Health Transformers benefit more than they would from a relatively small check a traditional investor can provide. We believe founders benefit much more from the community, access, and resources of the unique platform our team has developed over the course of hundreds of deals, our collective network of thousands of investors and customers, our comprehensive database of insights, and our global ecosystem of rigorously vetted Health Moonshot Partners. “By entering the Moonshot Academy, adopting a Health Transformer Mindset, and joining the Global Army, entrepreneurs become powerful magnets, continuously attracting the talent and investment they need to improve the health and wellbeing of billions of people,” said Steven Krein, CEO of StartUp Health. “It’s a life-changing relationship that’s meant to last a lifetime.”

  • Why do Health Transformers make quarterly progress updates?

    As a member of StartUp Health’s Global Army, entrepreneurs are able to draw upon the experience, insight, and wisdom of Health Transformers, Health Transformer Coaches, and Health Moonshot Partners from around the world. To ensure the feedback and advice they receive is useful, Health Transformers are required to update their profiles every quarter, sharing the progress they made over the last 90 days. Your up-to-date profile becomes your calling card for investors, customers, and the industry. And it makes it easy for StartUp Health to share your story with the world. “The investors, entrepreneurs, and coaches in our Global Army are a Health Transformer’s biggest advocates,” said Unity Stoakes, president of StartUp Health. “By sharing their obstacles and opportunities, Health Transformers enable us to help them when and where they need it most.”