PULSE@MassChallenge Unveils First-Ever Digital Health Cohort

December 13, 2016
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MassChallenge

Digital health lab to connect promising startups with world-class partners and resources for zero-equity

BOSTON, DEC. 13 - MassChallenge™, the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet, today announced the 31 startups joining PULSE@MassChallenge’s inaugural cohort. Representing the most innovative digital health technologies, these startups were selected from more than 430 applicants from 30 states and 20 countries around the world.

“Digital health is such an exciting and fast-growing sector, but entrepreneurs still face a steep slope of strict regulatory environments and other barriers that slow the pace of innovation,” said Nick Dougherty, Program Director, PULSE@ MassChallenge. “If we want to help patients and the people who care for them, we need to focus on fostering collaboration in the space. PULSE@ MassChallenge is building an ecosystem that brings the community together and makes it easier for entrepreneurs to develop and market digital solutions to the most pressing issues in healthcare.”

Launched as a strategic component of the Massachusetts statewide Digital Health Initiative, PULSE@ MassChallenge works with key players from across the region’s leading healthcare ecosystem. The goal is to provide promising startups with the strategic relationships, resources, mentorship, and community access needed to create an impact in digital health -- all for zero equity.  

Through rigorous matchmaking, the first-ever cohort was selected by an impressive pool of institutions, corporations, payors, and healthcare partners​ looking to form unique partnerships with digital health startups. ​These Champions will​ support entrepreneurs working out of PULSE@ MassChallenge’s 8,000 square-foot innovation lab by facilitating key advisor introductions, pilots, research, and even investment opportunities over the course of six months. At the culmination of the program, startups will compete for more than $100,000 in zero-equity awards.

“Massachusetts is already considered to be the global destination for healthcare and biotechnology, and it’s incredible to see public and private partners across the state come together to support digital health entrepreneurs and accelerate this next wave of innovation, which is expected to reach $32 billion globally over the next decade,” said Scott Bailey, Managing Director, MassChallenge Boston.

The 2017 cohort received offers to collaborate with PULSE@ MassChallenge’s network of partners and Champions, including the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Competitive PartnershipSuffolk ConstructionSamuels & AssociatesVertex Pharmaceuticals, the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTechAARPShireBoseCernerHumanaLiberty MutualServierSunovion PharmaceuticalsPfizerAnalog DevicesBDHarvard Pilgrim Health CarePhilips HealthcareMicrosoftRopes & Gray LLPBeth Israel DeaconessBoston Children’s HospitalBrigham and Women’s HospitalDell EMCFranciscan Children’sMassachusetts General HospitalPathfinder InternationalPlanetree, and TechSpring of Baystate Health.

For more information on getting involved, please visit boston.masschallenge.org/PULSE.

For the chance to meet with this year’s cohort, PULSE@ MassChallenge invites the community to the Dec. 13 monthly PULSE Check. The event is from 6:00 - 9:00pm at Hatch Fenway in Boston’s Landmark Center.  

2017 PULSE@ MassChallenge Cohort:

3Derm System, Inc.
USA - Massachusetts
https://www.3derm.com/

ACT.md
USA - Massachusetts
http://act.md/

Cake
USA - Massachusetts
https://www.joincake.com/

Care Thread, Inc.
USA - Rhode Island
http://www.carethread.com/

ConquerX
USA - Texas
http://conquerxlab.com/

EDI Institute, Inc.
USA - Massachusetts
http://ediinstitute.org/

Emerald Innovations
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.emeraldforhome.com/

Gain Life
USA - Massachusetts
http://gainlife.com/

HealthyMation
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.healthymation.com/

Herald Health
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.heraldhealth.com/

Hey,Charlie
USA - Massachusetts
http://heycharlie.org/

Human Resolution Technologies
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.followapp.me/

Insightfil
USA - Massachusetts
http://insightfil.com/

LifeGuard Games, Inc.
USA - Massachusetts
http://wizdygames.com/

Medumo
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.medumo.com/

Meetcaregivers
USA - Massachusetts
https://www.meetcaregivers.com/

MobioSense
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.mobiosense.co/

Neopenda
USA - Illinois  
http://www.neopenda.com/

Neuroelectrics
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.neuroelectrics.com/

QueueDr
USA - Connecticut
https://www.queuedr.com/

Redox
USA - Wisconsin  
https://www.redoxengine.com/

Remedy Labs, Inc.
USA - California  
https://www.tryremedy.com

Rendever
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.rendever.com/

Spring Care, Inc.
USA - New York  
https://www.spring.care/

STA TECH
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.statech.co/

SyncThink
USA - Massachusetts
http://syncthink.com/

THINKMD
USA - Vermont  
http://www.thinkmd.org/

TORq Interface, LLC
USA - Massachusetts
http://torqinterface.com/

Twiage
USA - Massachusetts
http://www.twiagemed.com/

VIT
USA - Pennsylvania  
http://www.vitinitiative.com/

VRPhysio
Israel - Tel Aviv | USA - Massachusetts
http://www.vrphysio.com/

About MassChallenge:
MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, the UK, Israel, Switzerland, and Mexico, and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $1.8 billion in funding, generated over $700 million in revenue, and created more than 60,000 direct and indirect jobs. For more information, please visit masschallenge.org.

Top MassChallenge Boston Partners:
Fidelity Investments, IBM, The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, Microsoft, Bose, CASIS, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, The Deshpande Foundation, Jamestown, The Boston Foundation, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, American Airlines, L'Oreal, Swiss Re, PepsiCo, Boehringer Ingelheim, EMC, Henkel, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, PTC, MassMutual, Pfizer, Draper, John Hancock, CVS Health, Analog Devices, Autodesk, and Honda.

Top PULSE@ MassChallenge Partners:
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.

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