New York, New York — StartUp Health, a global startup platform accelerating digital health and wellness innovation, has received a $500,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to educate health care startups and improve health and wellness in underserved communities.
The StartUp Health Education Program for Entrepreneurs will launch in stages over the next two years, and provide a scalable platform that will help educate thousands of emerging health technology entrepreneurs on how to accelerate and scale their businesses by focusing on markets that often don’t have early access to new health care technologies. The long-term initiative will create free resources for startups such as an online curriculum, educational tools and an expert network, and will make it easier for digital health entrepreneurs to develop pilot programs in these underserved communities and build products and services to meet the unique needs of these communities.
“The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has made it possible for StartUp Health to create a scalable program to educate a generation of health innovators about opportunities in underserved communities,” said Unity Stoakes, president and co-founder of StartUp Health. “This partnership comes at a critical moment, because the new solutions being created over the coming years must address the needs of these communities in order to truly transform health care. Together we will lay a sustainable foundation that will better connect entrepreneurs and underserved markets, and speed up the cycle of innovation.”
“StartUp Health will bring innovation to the providers and patients who are too often overlooked in product and customer development strategies,” said Paul Tarini, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “This program will create a roadmap for how health entrepreneurs can connect with underserved communities.”
Highlights of the StartUp Health Education Program for Entrepreneurs include:
- An open database of needs and opportunities in underserved communities that will be available for free to entrepreneurs and startups.
- An advisor network of community experts who will mentor entrepreneurs on emerging business models and the unique opportunities within underserved communities.
- A scalable online curriculum and resource center that will include an educational podcast and video library.
- Ongoing outreach and awareness to underserved communities interested in access to new technologies.