New to Editor Donna is healthcare technology accelerator Healthbox. Perhaps uniquely, they are based in US and UK–Boston, Chicago and London–with partners in all three cities; a partial list is (US) Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts, Express Scripts, Ascension Health (US largest Catholic health system), California HealthCare Foundation, Walgreens and (UK) Bayer, Bupa, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity, and Serco Health. In its first year, Healthbox has fostered 27 companies to refine their offerings and gain market traction including investment (portfolio companies). According to Healthbox spokesperson Abbie Ginther, the highlights of what participants receive in the 16 week program is:
- $50,000 in seed capital
- Strategic guidance and mentorship from leading industry experts as well as business veterans
- Participation in Innovation Day, an event bringing together hundreds of investors, healthcare leaders and entrepreneurs to hear from the companies and how they are bringing innovative solutions to healthcare needs
- Collaborative, open workspace for companies to use for the duration of the program
They are currently accepting applications for its 2013 programs starting with their second Boston program starting in March. Application deadline is very tight here (10 February), but applicants for London/Europe (start date TBD in spring) can register on the same link. Applications.