September 26, 2018
StartUp Health Insider
The Digest for Health Transformers & Changemakers

StartUp Health Raises $31M to Invest in Companies Focused on Achieving Health Moonshots

StartUp Health Team
Since 2011 StartUp Health has worked with and invested in hundreds of entrepreneurs around the globe working to transform health. This week, we are excited to announce that we closed our second fund to invest in Health Transformers dedicated to achieving health moonshots. Backed by a world-class group of strategic partners including Novartis, Ping An Group, Chiesi Group, GuideWell, Otsuka, Masimo, and a collaboratory of strategic partners, we’re doubling down on our plan to invest in a global army for good and support the Health Transformers transforming the future of health. If you are an entrepreneur interested in being part of StartUp Health Academy, learn more now.

Hot off the press:

For LifeDojo, Corporate Wellness Is Just the Beginning

Chris Cutter, founder of startup LifeDojo, is making waves in the sprawling corporate wellness market (estimated at $40B) with a novel approach to patient empowerment — a digital platform that equips employees with tools and coaches to design their own 12-week behavior change program. LifeDojo has quadrupled their clients in this sector, including a contract with Airbnb. But it's more than a numbers game for Cutter. This Health Transformer is working towards a world where instead of leaning heavily on primary care providers, the first point of contact with the health industry would be a primary prevention coach.

Telemedicine’s New Chapter: Improvement Through Empowerment

For years we’ve talked about the cost saving potential of telemedicine, but as more consumers turn to their smartphones and other digital devices to manage their healthcare, new stories about virtual care are being written. Stories that speak to the maturity of the telehealth model and the innovative startups bringing new energy and technology to the space. Stories like these.

The Quest for a Longer, More Mobile Life

Mobile Life
The internet would like you to think that the quest for a long, healthy life ends at the corner store, or with the click of a button. Or maybe the secret to longevity is just more naps. While that last one is true, there are also systemic and complex factors to longevity, like access to care, that also play a part in this quest. Read about seven startups that are taking this mission seriously and changing the face of life-extending and life-improving therapeutic interventions.

StartUp Health @ Biden Cancer Summit

Biden Cancer Summit
“When we set our minds to get something done, when we start thinking as Americans for the public good, there’s not a damn thing we cannot do.” Joe Biden, #BidenCancerSummit

StartUp Health and a number of our Health Transformers, including Imran Cronk, founder of Ride Health, and Susan Bratton, founder of Savor Health, joined the nationwide collaboration with Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden’s cancer fighting movement as attendees at this year’s Biden Cancer Summit. Take a look back on our Twitter at some of the incredible moments.

Join the Movement

Moonshot Partner noun: an ally in a global army for good who supports the annual StartUp Health Festival

StartUp Health understands that if we're going to talk about achieving health moonshots, we all have to work together. That's why we commit to real-world collaboration, bringing the world's leading companies, innovators, and Health Transformers (superhero entrepreneurs) together each year at our StartUp Health Festival.

Support this transformative gathering as a Moonshot Partner. Email to join the movement to transform health. 

ICYMI: check out the highlights from the 2018 StartUp Health Festival. 

Previous partners include Google, Sanofi, Accenture, Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Boston Scientific, Uber, and others.

Trend Watch: Stories Shaping Digital Health

We saw over $180M in innovative health funding this week, led by uBiome with $83M from 8VC, Y Combinator, Dentsu Ventures, and others. Other recent deals included OODA Health ($40.5M) and CareStack ($16M).

Download Our 2018 Midyear Insights Report
Stories to Watch:

StartUp Health’s Unity Stoakes: 'Innovation Happens at the Edges and All Around Us'
MobiHealth News

With Apple’s Launch of an ECG Device, Digital Health Leaders, Cardiologists See Possibilities, and Limitations
Healthcare Informatics

Did You Get Your Copy?

In case you missed it, we officially announced the launch of our new magazine, self-titled StartUp Health. Inside each issue, we cover the people, innovations, and mindsets driving the digital health revolution.

Read the digital issues and subscribe now to thumb through your very own copy of the first consumer print magazine dedicated to the future of health.


Making the Grade: New Tech Aims at Keeping Kids Healthy
School is back in session. Thankfully, these health startups are improving children’s health around the globe.

Taking a Look at the Bigger Picture
These three companies are changing radiology for the better.

StartUp Health Companies in the News

Podcast: Steel-Drivin' John Henry, Featuring Kevin Dedner, MPH, of Henry Health
Mental Matters 

Junto Profile: Hoy Health
Junto Health 

MetaLogics and UnaliWear Competing in the MedCity INVEST Twin Cities Pitch Perfect Contest
MedCity News 

At UCHealth, RxRevu's Decision Support Nudges Physicians to Prescribe Recommended Meds
Healthcare IT News 

How CareLinx Is Rising to Staffing Challenges
Home Healthcare News 

New Tool Developed by Tickit Health to Assess Teen Suicide, Substance Abuse Is Money Well Spent
The Seattle Times 

EANNC to Partner With PsyInnovations to Provide Access to Digital Behavioral Health Solutions

Zeel Named to the Inc. 5000 for Second Consecutive Year

StartUp Health Partnership Workshop

Are you a health startup founder passionate about changing the world? Sign up for our next Partnering With StartUp Health Workshop on Wednesday, October 3, to chat with Steven Krein and the rest of the StartUp Health Team about what it means to join our global army of Health Transformers. Start by completing a 10-Minute Mindset Audit now.

Take the 10-Minute Mindset Audit

StartUp Health World Tour
Next Stop: Sofia, Bulgaria

Meet StartUp Health’s Polina Hanin in Sofia, Bulgaria, tonight at The House for an exclusive workshop on how to embrace the Health Transformer Mindset and focus on achieving health moonshots. RSVP now as space is limited.

USCF Startup 101 Information Session/Mixer

Join in this Thursday, September 27, for a Startup 101 intro from UCSF. This experiential, team-based class will cover the topics important to starting a scalable, for-profit commercial venture. The course is open to UCSF, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and the business community.

Ascent Conference

We're just a few short weeks away from NYC's Ascent Conference on October 3-4. Exhibit your business, hob-knob with our all-star speakers, join one of the dozens of roundtable discussions, connect with fellow founders and investors via the Founder Connect App, and dance the night away at our amazing Pier 17 after-parties. Save 20% off Silver and Gold passes with StartUp Health code: SUH20.

Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit

Join us in Boston on October 11 at the 8th annual Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit (DHIS), the premier East Coast gathering for over 300 healthcare executives, technology startups, investors, payers, and providers. Use code STARTUP200 to save $200 off the current registration fee.

FT Digital Health Summit

Join us in New York City on October 17 for the Financial Times Digital Health Summit to explore the benefits, opportunities, and complexities of digital disruption. Register with code Start20 to save 20%.


Register now for MedCity ENGAGE in San Diego on November 6-7, 2018, where leading hospitals, health systems, payers, investors, and innovative tech startups gather to discuss the latest trends, strategies, and digital solutions in patient engagement. Save 70% over full rate with our code STARTUPHEALTH.

Upcoming Health Events

Entrepreneurial Mindset Workshop With Polina Hanin
September 26, 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria

NYC Healthy Tech
StartUp Health companies Particle Health & presenting
September 27, 2018
New York, NY 

UCSF Startup 101 Information Session/Mixer
September 27, 2018
San Francisco, CA 

Ascent Conference
October 3-4, 2018
New York, NY
Discount code: SUH20 

Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit
October 11, 2018
Boston, MA
Discount code: STARTUP200 

MedCity INVEST Twin Cities
October 11, 2018
Minneapolis, MN
Discount code: STARTUPHEALTH 

Redefining Success: An Overview of the Trifecta Core Health Initiative
Hosted by StartUp Health company E=MC2 no limits….
October 13, 2018
Villanova, PA

Financial Times Digital Health Summit
October 17, 2018
New York, NY
Discount code: Start20

Connected Health Conference
October 17-19, 2018
Boston, MA
Discount code: 18CHC100

Milken Institute Future of Health Summit
StartUp Health’s Steven Krein presenting
October 22-23, 2018
Washinton, DC

CNS Summit and Innovation Showcase
November 1-4, 2018
Boca Raton, FL

November 6-7, 2018
San Diego, CA
Discount code: STARTUPHEALTH 

Frontiers Health 2018
November 15-16, 2018
Berlin, Germany
Discount code: FH20STH

See more event information on our website.

Applications Are Open! StartUp Health Fellowship Program

Are you passionate about supporting the world’s Health Transformers as they work to achieve Health Moonshots? We are currently accepting applications for the Winter/Spring 2019 Fellowship which begins in mid-January. The deadline to apply is November 15.

StartUp Health Insights

Innovative health companies raised over $180M in the last week. Some of the most recent deals:

Startup Amount   Investors
uBiome $83.0M   OS Fund, 8VC, Y Combinator, Dentsu Ventures
OODA Health $40.5M   Oak HC/FT, DFJ
CareStack $16.0M   Accel, F-Prime Capital Partners, Eight Roads Ventures
Feldan Therapeutics $12.5M   GC,Stonebridge Ventures, Anges Québec Capital
Vezeeta $12.0M   Saudi Technology Ventures, BECO Capital, Vostok New Ventures, Silicon Badia, CE-Ventures
Doctena €8.0M   Undisclosed
SnapMD $7.1M   Undisclosed
Download Our 2018 Midyear Insights Report

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