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Today we announce the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator, powered by Techstars, based in Kansas City. Technology companies focused on mobile health can apply today through December 6th for the opportunity to participate in a three-month intensive mentorship program starting in March 2014 and receive up to $120,000 in funding.

I couldn’t be more excited about launching this program in Kansas City. It’s an obvious “next” place that has an up and coming tech community to rival other top geographies. The presence of leaders in the mobile health space makes this the perfect home for the accelerator. We have been watching Kansas City from afar, seeing it come together, and now we’re excited to join the community and help it grow. It’s great to see Sprint giving first through their tremendous network of resources and executive knowledge. It makes all the difference for the companies we fund through the program. As we’ve spent time with the various leaders and feeders of the Kansas City ecosystem they’ve all been incredibly welcoming.

Sprint, with a rich history as a leading-edge technology company, is supporting this startup accelerator initiative as a way of driving innovation at a transformational time in mobile health. From remote patient monitoring to e-prescriptions to making sense of ever-growing volumes of data, technology is poised to reduce costs, improve productivity and increase quality in mobile health.

Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Development at Sprint, is taking a leadership role in expanding and strengthening the company’s work with entrepreneurial startups. He believes the Sprint Accelerator will make a vital contribution to the region’s success. Kevin told me that “Kansas City increasingly is gaining recognition on the national level as an emerging entrepreneurial technology center” and that “Sprint has been expanding its work with startups and other ventures that are developing intriguing innovations. The Sprint Accelerator will act as a catalyst for growth in this market.”   We’re coming to town with that same bet, Kevin.

The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator will provide entrepreneurs in this field an unparalleled opportunity to strengthen their businesses with the guidance of leading technology experts from Sprint and top technology companies in the area and from around the country. The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator is accepting applications now through Dec. 6. Finalists will be notified in early January 2014 and the three-month program is slated to begin in March.

To find more information and apply, visit sprintaccelerator.com.

David Cohen
(@davidcohen) Founder & Managing Partner of Techstars, previously founder of several technology companies. David is an active startup advocate, advisor, board member, and technology advisor who comments on these topics on his blog at DavidGCohen.com