Mercy Research & Development and Johns Hopkins are the two most recent additions to the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars. They join the two previously announced collaborators, University of Kansas Medical Center and Providence Health & Services.
The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator is a three-month, mentor-driven program for startups. Ten participating companies, which will be announced on March 9th, will relocate to Kansas City for the duration of the program to build and strengthen their businesses. Each company receives up to $120,000 in funding. This year, Techstars is adding a first-of-its-kind equity back guarantee.
“We have the advantage of experience from the inaugural program in 2014, plus new health care system collaborators and mentors to make the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator even stronger,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president of Pinsight Media+, powered by Sprint. “Our team is ready to dive into our second accelerator program less than one month from now with 10 new mobile health companies.”
During the inaugural program in 2014, the 10 mobile health-related startups traveled to Kansas City from across the country and Australia. Two of the companies, FitBark and Symptom.ly, now have made Kansas City their permanent home, bringing even more talent to the burgeoning technology scene in Kansas City.