Rock Health seeks more health start-ups

By Molly Merrill
10:01 AM

Rock Health, a seed accelerator for Web and mobile health applications, is now accepting applications for the second class of start-ups in its digital health program. 

Officials said that from Oct. 3-Nov. 14, Rock Health will be looking for the latest technologies and applications impacting health and wellness, to participate in its January 2012 incubator program. The five-month program includes a $20,000 grant, free office space, strategic medical, branding, communications and legal support, mentoring from experts in design, healthcare, technology and finance as well as partnerships with the Mayo Clinic, Accel Partners, Nike and NEA. These investors will provide input during the program as well as assist in the evaluation of the start-up applications, which will be selected and announced in December 2011.
“In the past six months, we’ve seen tremendous ideas from developers, gamers and people active in other technology sub-sectors that are finding their way to health,” said Halle Tecco, founder and managing director of Rock Health. “This is an industry that holds incredible development potential from a technology perspective, and we are excited to kick off the next round of applications.”
"We at the Center for Innovation and larger Mayo Clinic are very excited about our growing collaboration with Rock Health and its start-up companies,” added Michael Matly, director of business development and new ventures, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation.  “It combines the robust entrepreneurial Health Tech community with the Mayo Clinic. We are all in a mission to improve the lives of patients and transform the experience of healthcare delivery."
Launched in April 2011, Rock Health’s inaugural accelerator program drew more than 350 entries that were evaluated by Rock Health’s partners -- leading organizations in the technology and health ecosystems, including prestigious Silicon Valley venture capital firms and top-tier hospitals. Ten start-ups that reflect technology trends shaping the next generation of health, in terms of both vertical and origin, are now nearing the completion of the full, in-house accelerator program and will formally debut at a demo day on Nov. 10 at UCSF.
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