Conditions today are bringing forth exponential innovation.
March 11, 2015

Founders’ Note

Conditions today are bringing forth exponential innovation that wasn’t possible over the past 25 years. Read our take in TechCrunch on why we believe now is the time to go all in on ‘moonshot’ medicine. If Apple’s ResearchKit and Watch announcements are any indication, we’re ushering in a new era of platforms for consumers and innovators to focus on transforming health.

-Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes, co-founders of StartUp Health



Why are corporate VCs handing out big bucks to early stage digital health startups? In the latest episode of StartUp Health NOW, JC Simbana, VP of Life Science and Digital Health at Silicon Valley Bank, shares the scoop on how big businesses can align with small startups to meet huge market needs.

Digital Health Takeover at SXSW!
March 13-17, Austin,TX
Looking for more digital health in your SXSW schedule? You’re in luck! We’ve got an incredible lineup of digital health events in Austin this year and can’t wait to see you there.

  • Social Health Startup Bootcamp
  • Raise the Bar: Remaking Health for the Underserved
  • Impact Pediatric Health Pitch
  • Join StartUp Health’s exclusive group of Angel investors. Becoming a member of StartUp Health’s AngelList Syndicate to back digital health pioneers. Get access today.

    StartUp Health is hiring batteries-included team members passionate about helping entrepreneurs who are reinventing healthcare. Apply now.


    The time is now to take big risks and go all in on moonshot medicine. Never has the time been better to rally in support of the entrepreneurs and innovators reimagining every aspect of our health and wellness, including companies like Tute Genomics. TechCrunch

    The CDC officially recognizes three digital health platforms as helping to prevent chronic diseases including obesity and type II diabetes. Omada Health, Noom Health and DPS Health all met the evidence-based standards needed to be proven effective. MedCity News

    Privacy issues remain top of mind for digital health entrepreneurs. Balancing HIPAA regulations with emerging data technology has proven difficult for many and has led innovators to reimagine new standards. VentureBeat

    Twitter led to increased enrollment in state-level health insurance according to a University of Pennsylvania study. The research showed that tweets with positive sentiments about state marketplaces led to increased signups of up to nine percent in certain markets. MedCity News


    "We can design tools so seamlessly that no additional effort will be required by patients." Join AdhereTech’s Josh Stein on the TEDMED stage and explore the importance of great design for digital health success. TEDMED

    Personalized cancer treatment startup Kuveda is a Health Finalist in 1776’s San Francisco Regional Challenge Cup event. Kuveda will move on to compete in the Challenge Festival in DC this May. Newsweek

    Smart technology for aging Americans including gait stabilizer WalkJoy could help more individuals grow old in their homes. The market for these types of devices could reach $20B by 2020. Bloomberg

    StartUp Health Academy

    For entrepreneurs who are transforming healthcare, StartUp Health Academy is a global, long-term coaching program and trusted peer network focused on increasing the equity value of its startups.


    So far, digital health companies have raised $980M in 2015, according to StartUp Health Insights. Here are a few of the most recent deals:

    Stroke treatment wearable Cerevast led funding this week with $11.4M from undisclosed investors. The device delivers ultrasonic treatment to stroke patients alongside traditional therapies. FierceHealthIT

    Mobile health dashboard SocialWellth landed $7.5M from undisclosed investors. The startup currently sells a private healthcare app store to health systems and plans to use the funds to increase research and development. MedCity News

    Digital health analysis company Evidation secured $6.2M from GE Ventures and others. The new company aims to use big data and analytics to determine the real value of health tech tools. Xconomy

    Digital Health Funding Annual Report 2014

    Per the StartUp Health Insights report, 2014 was a record year for digital health, with over $6.5B invested in more than 450 digital health companies. 


    Meet StartUp Health in Toronto: Global Trends in Digital Health
    March 26, Toronto, ON
    Join StartUp Health’s Unity Stoakes and explore the rapid globalization of digital health at Toronto’s MaRS Discovery District. StartUp Health entrepreneurs Alexandra Brown from AprilAge and Daniel Penn from Shift Health will also take the stage to talk about global opportunities for Healthcare Transformers. Confirm your attendance here!

    We Can’t Wait for You to Join StartUp Health at HIMSS15!
    April 12-16, Chicago, IL
    Trying to amp up your digital health startup? Register for the StartUp Health Bootcamp for an interactive workshop focused on increasing the equity value of your company. Already attending HIMSS15? Make sure to meet the entrepreneurs reimagining healthcare at the StartUp Health Pavilion in the HX360 exhibit hall.

    For more digital health events, visit our website.

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