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Applications are open for the second UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars! Based in Minneapolis, MN, our 2020 program will run July 13th – October 20th. Are you the founder of an early stage health technology startup? Read on to learn more and see if you are a good fit.

Improving healthcare is an arduous task that requires innovative thinking, deep expertise, resources, and alignment with key stakeholders. Fortunately, the time is now to use technology to disrupt the status quo of our current healthcare systems. Advances in machine learning, big data, and interoperability dovetail nicely with the focus on outcomes accompanying our evolution to value-based care. As such, receptivity to innovation at both health systems and insurers is at an all-time high. When moving beyond the scope of the provider and payor, it is invigorating to see an increased emphasis placed on novel consumer-oriented solutions and the impact they will have in forging the landscape of our future healthcare systems.  Simply put, it is a very good time to be a health technology startup founder – a fact that is reflected in the record amount of recent VC investment received by digital health companies.

Through a partnership between UnitedHealthcare and Techstars, our accelerator is helping fuel a digital health revolution. We are dedicated to serving more people – better – everyday, and developing the next generation health system. To this end, we are specifically interested in startups tackling issues that improve health: outcomes, affordability, access, and experiences.

      • Outcomes –support healthier people and reduce disease burden
      • Affordability – improve health care value
      • Access to Care – cover more people, make care easier to receive
      • Experiences – to make health care simpler, more transparent and more engaging

Within these broad themes, we are looking for companies that enhance the personalization of healthcare services, companies that reinvent existing care delivery models, and companies implementing behavior science and data science to increase efficacy.  Since the overall healthcare landscape is vast, a diverse range of startups will find value in the UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars. Working to improve chronic disease management? Reinventing population health? Modernizing mental health services? Increasing virtual care capabilities? Addressing medication issues? Simplifying care navigation? Amplifying the impact of health care professionals? In all of these cases, you’re a great fit!

We’re specifically targeting teams who have a working MVP, the internal technical skills to iterate quickly, an extremely strong work ethic, and are excited by the transformative power mentorship can have on their growth. If this sounds familiar, you should:

Applications will be accepted until April 5, 2020. That said, earlier submissions give us more time to learn about you and your company – so don’t wait until the last minute. The future of healthcare is one step closer. Join us! 


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Matt Miller Matt Miller
Matt Miller is the Managing Director of the UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars.