Second annual mobile health accelerator in Kansas City runs March 9 through June 4
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. & BOULDER, Colo. (BUSINESS WIRE), March 09, 2015 – Sprint (NYSE:S, news, filings) and Techstars today announced the 10 teams participating in their second annual mobile health accelerator, located in the Crossroads District of Kansas City, Mo. The program begins today.
The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, Powered by Techstars, is a three-month, immersive, mentorship-driven program for startups. The participating companies relocated to Kansas City for the duration of the program to build and strengthen their businesses. Each company receives up to $120,000 in funding.
“Sprint is proud to be working with Techstars again to bring this world-class accelerator program to Kansas City,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president, Pinsight Media+, a division of Sprint. “We are looking forward to helping these companies grow and develop since we saw the positive effect of the experience last year – not only for the startups at the accelerator, but also for the opportunities it affords to promote entrepreneurship among our employees and help advance the region’s already vibrant startup community.”
Companies participating in the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator are developing solutions that encompass hardware, software platforms and mobile applications. The startups have traveled to Kansas City from cities across the U.S., plus Israel and New Zealand.
“We are extremely excited to begin the 2015 program,” said John Fein, manager director for Techstars. “The 10 new companies will have access to some amazing resources, including our health system collaborators, expert mentors and Sprint executives. The combination of Sprint and Techstars will be a powerful catalyst for the companies to take their businesses to the next level.”
The 2015 Class of the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, Powered by Techstars
|Alcohoot||New York||Alcohoot is a police-grade personal breathalyzer that leverages mobile technology to help you be more responsible when consuming alcohol.|
|HealthID Profile||Cranston, R.I.||HealthID is a mobile platform that assigns unique Health ID codes via a card or wristband and enables users to manage and share personal health information.|
|Hidrate||Minneapolis||Hidrate is a unique smart water bottle that syncs to your phone to help keep you hydrated.|
|iDoc24||San Francisco||iDoc24 provides convenient and expert dermatology consultation for your skin concerns via your mobile device.|
|Jolt||Boston||Jolt makes wearable multi-sport head impact sensors to help young athletes play smarter and safer.|
|Ovatemp||Boston||Ovatemp is a cutting-edge mobile app and thermometer that allows women to take control of their fertility.|
|Oxie||Tel Aviv, Israel||Oxie is the first smart, wearable air purifier enabling users to breathe clean air and receive real-time air quality information.|
|Rex Pet Health||Houston||Rex is the first all-in-one app that enables pet owners to compare vet pricing, reviews and services. It also allows owners to schedule appointments for their pets.|
|Social Code is an online support community that improves the patient’s health via social connections, behavior change and a greater understanding of their illness.|
|Triomi||New York||Triomi is a portable 12-lead EKG that saves lives, costs and time.|
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 nearly 56 million connections as of Dec. 31, 2014, 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 atwww.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.
The massive Techstars interconnected network of over 3,000 successful entrepreneurs, mentors, investors and corporate partners helps the most promising startups do more faster. With 18 programs worldwide, our mentorship-driven accelerators fund the best companies in the most entrepreneurial communities. Since 2006, 80% of the 500 companies from over 45 Techstars programs have received funding, representing approximately $3 billion in market capitalization. For more information, visitwww.techstars.com.
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