Second annual mobile health accelerator in Kansas City returns to Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Kansas City-based initiative focuses on bringing together the future of mobile technology and health care
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), June 01, 2015 - CEOs from the 10 startups that make up the 2015 Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator have powered through three months of nonstop mentor meetings, pitch practice and business strategizing. On Thursday, June 4, they will present their ideas on stage for Demo Day at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City.
This year’s Sprint Accelerator program, powered by Techstars, began on March 9 when 10 mobile health-related startups from across the country and Israel arrived in the Crossroads District of Kansas City to build and strengthen their businesses. Other entrepreneurs, investors and mentors from Sprint and Techstars helped guide the startups through the immersive program.
Accelerator companies are developing solutions that encompass hardware, software platforms and mobile applications. The companies are proposing a range of solutions, including:
- Mobile dermatology consultation app
- Intuitive fertility management platform
- Platform for managing animal health data for veterinarian and pharmaceutical companies
- Smartphone breathalyzer
- Smart water bottle
Demo Day begins at 5:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Register here.
“It’s been exciting watching the companies learn and grow during the past three months. Demo Day is the culmination of all their hard work,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president, Pinsight Media+, powered by Sprint and executive sponsor of the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars. “Last year’s Demo Day at Kauffman Center drew an amazing crowd of people from the Kansas City community and beyond. Sprint is proud to partner with Techstars to help make this happen, and I’m eager to see each startup present and to watch their progress following the Accelerator.”
“The 2014 demo day for the Sprint Accelerator, powered by Techstars was one of the most highly attended events we’ve had to date and it was amazing to witness the outpouring of support from Sprint executives and employees as well as the greater Kansas City community,” said John Fein, managing director, Techstars. “We’ve had a number of successes coming out of last year’s program already and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this year’s class.”
The 2015 Class of the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator
|Company||Hometown||What the companies say about their solutions|
|Alcohoot||New York||Alcohoot enables mobile human condition monitoring. Their first product is a police-grade smartphone breathalyzer.|
|HealthID||Providence, R.I.||HealthID is a medication adherence and health information management platform with connected wristband and card.|
|Hidrate||Minneapolis||Hidrate makes beautiful connected products. Their smart water bottle and connected app remind you to stay hydrated.|
|iDoc24||San Francisco||iDoc24 provides a fast, convenient way to ask a board certified dermatologist about any of your skin concerns.|
|Jolt||Boston||Jolt’s multi-sport head impact sensor and connected app provide athletes and their coaches with real time, actionable head impact data.|
|Ovatemp||Boston||Ovatemp’s Bluetooth thermometer and connected app provide the only personalized fertility management platform for women of all ages.|
|Oxie||Tel Aviv, Israel||Oxie is the first smart, wearable air purifier designed to enable anyone in the world to breathe clean air and receive real-time air quality alerts.|
|Rex Animal Health||Houston||Rex enables unprecedented access to animal health data and analytics for pharmaceutical companies and veterinary service providers.|
|Melon Health||San Francisco||Melon Health’s mobile health platform helps people manage their health through peer support, access to clinicians and behavior change tools.|
|Triomi||New York||Triomi’s handheld, low cost 12-lead EKG enables any physician to perform an EKG, anywhere in the world.|
About Sprint and its Support for Entrepreneurship
Sprint has a strong history of working with startups in Silicon Valley, Kansas City and around the globe, helping young companies navigate the corporate world and build momentum behind their new businesses. Sprint is committed to supporting the entrepreneurial movement across the country, delivering new business opportunities and spurring the startup spirit within the company. In 2014, Sprint opened the award-winning Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City – home to the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, Powered by Techstars. The accelerator space also is used to deliver year-round programming, including mentor engagement, STEM programs, entrepreneurial community collaboration and co-working space for startup organizations.
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served more than 57 million connections as of March 31, 2015, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the past four years. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
Techstars is a global ecosystem that empowers entrepreneurs to bring new technologies to market wherever they choose to build their business. With 18 mentorship-driven accelerator programs worldwide, Techstars exists to support the world’s most promising entrepreneurs throughout their lifelong journey. Techstars provides access to more than 5,000 founders, mentors investors, and corporate partners, allowing entrepreneurs to accelerate the pace of innovation and do more faster. Techstars makes entrepreneurship more accessible by providing access to capital, guidance, marketing, business development, customer acquisition and recruitment. For more information, visit www.techstars.com.
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