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By: Dylan Martin
MassChallenge on Tuesday revealed the 31 startups that will participate in the inaugural PULSE@MassChallenge "digital health lab," a new six-month accelerator in Boston that partners startups with various entities working in healthcare.
Unlike MassChallenge's main accelerator program, which accepts 128 startups every year, startups can only get accepted through a match-making process that will pair them with one or more of the program's 32 "champions," which represent a wide range of organizations, institutions and corporations, including AARP, Boston Children's Hospital, the City of Boston and Pfizer (see full list below).
"Some startups got multiple champions. Some champions made multiple offers. Some champions teamed up with each other in making their offers. Honestly, we couldn't ask for a more startup and ecosystem-friendly outcome," Nick Dougherty, PULSE@MassChallenge's program manager, told me in an email.
The goal of PULSE@MassChallenge, which is located in 8,000 square feet at Hatch Fenway, is to help these startups achieve certain milestones, whether it's a pilot study, research, advisor, customer introductions or investment opportunities. In addition, more than $100,000 in zero-equity awards will be given out once the program concludes.
The 31 startups in the inaugural PULSE@ MassChallenge cohort came from a pool of more than 430 applications, representing 30 states and 20 countries. Some of the accepted startups previously went through MassChallenge's main program. That includes Cake, a Boston-based end-of-life planning service that has already worked with Liberty Mutual, another "champion" that is participating in PULSE@ MassChallenge.
PULSE@ MassChallenge was launched earlier this year as a strategic component of the statewide Digital Health Initiative. The program will be celebrating the new cohort at an event Tuesday night at Hatch Fenway starting at 6 p.m.
Here is the list of the 31 startups participating in the inaugural cohort:
3Derm System, Inc. - USA - Massachusetts
ACT.md - USA - Massachusetts
Cake - USA - Massachusetts
Care Thread, Inc. - USA - Rhode Island
ConquerX - USA - Texas
EDI Institute, Inc. - USA - Massachusetts
Emerald Innovations - USA - Massachusetts
Gain Life - USA - Massachusetts
HealthyMation - USA - Massachusetts
Herald Health - USA - Massachusetts
Hey, Charlie - USA - Massachusetts
Human Resolution Technologies -USA - Massachusetts
Insightfil - USA - Massachusetts
LifeGuard Games, Inc. - USA - Massachusetts
Medumo - USA - Massachusetts
Meetcaregivers - USA - Massachusetts
MobioSense - USA - Massachusetts
Neopenda - USA - Illinois
Neuroelectrics - USA - Massachusetts
QueueDr - USA - Connecticut
Redox - USA - Wisconsin
Remedy Labs, Inc. - USA - California
Rendever - USA - Massachusetts
Spring Care, Inc. - USA - New York
STA TECH - USA - Massachusetts
SyncThink - USA - Massachusetts
THINKMD - USA - Vermont
TORq Interface, LLC - USA - Massachusetts
Twiage - USA - Massachusetts
VIT - USA - Pennsylvania
VRPhysio - Israel - Tel Aviv | USA - Massachusetts
Full list of champions: Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership, Suffolk Construction, Samuels & Associates, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech, AARP, Shire, Bose, Cerner, Humana, Liberty Mutual, Servier, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Analog Devices, BD, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Philips Healthcare, Microsoft, Ropes & Gray LLP, Beth Israel Deaconess, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dell EMC, Franciscan Children’s, Massachusetts General Hospital, Pathfinder International, Planetree, and TechSpring of Baystate Health.