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New VC Funds Put Women’s Health Moonshot Front and Center



In today’s venture capital world, the vast majority of decisions are made by male investors – by one recent estimate, 87% of partners at digital health venture funds are men. This imbalance has resulted in an overall lack of investment in women’s health innovations, and in female founders. That’s shifting thanks in part to investors like Maria Velissaris, our guest on this week’s episode. Maria was a successful entrepreneur and business development maven before she became a managing Partner at SteelSky Ventures. SteelSky is a VC firm with a laser focus on women’s health, and a desire to see women-run startups get the funding they deserve. Today’s conversation has been pulled from an expert office hour held by StartUp Health and attended by entrepreneurs from the StartUp Health portfolio. So in addition to Maria’s insights – on investment trends, how to pitch, and how COVID-19 has changed the game – you’ll get to hear real-life questions from founders who are working in the trenches. The session was moderated by Katya Hancock, StartUp Health’s Investor Network Director. Enjoy.

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Venus Williams Gets Candid About Entrepreneurship, Wellness and Bouncing Back From COVID-19



Tennis icon and Olympian Venus Williams has built on her success on the court to become a savvy and successful investor, advisor and entrepreneur. Now she’s making her mark on health innovation. Venus Williams has partnered with Zeel, the wellness company that invented the idea of massage-on-demand. Now, Zeel has expanded to a tech-platform that offers a range of wellness on the go services. Recently, Zeel Co-founder Alison Harmelin sat down with the iconic tennis star to get her candid thoughts about health, entrepreneurship, and how startups can bounce back from COVID-19 even stronger than they started.

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Despite COVID-Constrained World, Digital Health Investor Predicts Promising Future in Telemedicine



Much has been said and written — here at StartUp Health and elsewhere — about how in healthcare there’s pre-COVID and there’s post-COVID. Regulations, reimbursements, consumer attitudes, and just basic human norms have shifted dramatically. Mass adoption of telemedicine has made headlines, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. In today’s podcast, we turned to Alyssa Jaffee, industry pro and VP at 7Wire Ventures, an early-stage venture fund headquartered in Chicago, to delve deeper into understanding those shifts and opportunities in digital health from an investor’s lens. The conversation you’ll hear is between Jaffe and Bari Krein, StartUp Health’s Chief Strategy Officer. It took place during a recent Expert Office Hour session that we hosted for the Health Transformers in the StartUp Health community, but Jaffe’s advice was so spot on and honest that we couldn’t help sharing it with a wider audience on the podcast.

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StartUp Health’s 2020 Midyear Insights Report: A Conversation With Jonah Comstock



StartUp Health co-founder Unity Stoakes and editor in chief Logan Plaster talk health innovation funding trends with HIMSS Media editor-in-chief Jonah Comstock, a health tech journalist who has been covering the health innovation funding landscape for more than a decade. StartUp Health released its quarterly Insights report on July 1, 2020. The report confirmed that health innovation funding has remained on a strong upward trajectory despite of the market uncertainties created by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, with $4.2B raised in Q2 2020, we find ourselves closing out the most-funded six-month period on record. In this episode, Comstock, Stoakes and Plaster discuss the market forces behind this apparent optimism, the importance of a global perspective on health innovation, and whether the current positive trend is likely to continue through the rest of 2020.

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How Joint Academy CEO Jakob Dahlberg Is Transforming Osteoarthritis Care



According to the Arthritis Foundation, one in four Americans will develop hip or knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime. Experts suggest we have yet to reach a maximum fixed lifespan, creating an overwhelming demand for accessing treatment options that address joint pain and immobility.

One of StartUp Health’s rising stars. Jakob Dahlberg, Co-founder and CEO of the Swedish based telemedicine company Joint Academy, has created an interactive digital treatment program for arthritis.  In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Dahlberg talks about the companies mission, response to the current pandemic, and how creating a digital joint therapy platform is addressing a gap in healthcare.

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Dr. Sandro Galea: Changing the Conversation Around Health



To improve health, not just healthcare, we have to do the hard work of building a healthier world. And that, says Sandro Galea, MD, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health, starts with investing in preventative care infrastructures, not just in treatments. In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Galea shares the inspiration for his book Well: What We Need to Talk About When We Talk About Health and urges us to think more deeply about the interconnected forces around us—from money and power to love and hate, compassion, fairness, and justice—and how they can lead to sustainable health.

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Hiring in Health: Aequitas Partners Launch the Health Talent Exchange



Executive search firm Aequitas Partners has been building teams for high growth health innovation companies since 2014. Now, with their Health Talent Exchange they’re helping top candidates and companies accelerate the hiring process during COVID-19.

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Beyond Lucid Technologies

The Health Transformer Making EMS COVID-Ready



One day after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Beyond Lucid Technologies announced that it would be appending its EMS health information exchange platform, adding the ability to receive and sort fire and EMS encounters involving patients suspected of suffering from, or being exposed to, the deadly coronavirus. In this fireside chat with the company’s CEO & Co-founder Jonathon Feit, he shares how his platform is transforming EMS in over half of the United States.

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Kevin Dedner, Founder & CEO of Henry Health

Meet the Health Transformer Addressing Racial Disparities in COVID-19



Kevin Dedner launched Hurdle (fka Henry Health) in 2018 to address the mental health care gap for black men. Now, he’s expanding his vision for a culturally-competent mental health system with plans to offer Hurdle’s behavioral health services to other disenfranchised communities. In this episode of the StartUp Health NOW podcast, Dedner shares his vision for Hurdle’s next chapter and offers insights into the pandemic’s racial disparities.

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Three of Telemedicine’s Original Visionaries Weigh in on Its Future



In the last two months, the adoption of telemedicine has escalated as remote clinical services become a critical part of a pandemic response. In this episode of the StartUp Health NOW podcast, three of telemedicine’s pioneers from the Cleveland Clinic, Amwell and RxRevu share the impetus for their work to build a future where world class healthcare can be accessed beyond brick n’ mortar health facilities, and what the next decade holds for telemedicine adoption.

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