Nine months after its launch announcement, Tigerlabs Health accelerator in Princeton, NJ has finally debuted its first class at a demo day event on Wednesday. The accelerator launched with a strong focus on it's ties to the pharmaceutical industry, but the six startups it has assembled don't seem overwhelmingly pharma-centric. The companies, from around the country and the world, received $20,000 in seed funding, mentorship, software, professional seminars and access to a co-working space.
None of the companies showcased at the demo day are participants in Tigerlabs' recently announced Innovation Track, a partnership with Merck and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Those applications are still being accepted through July 2nd.
Here are the six companies in Tigerlabs Health's first class.
CareTree is creating an online portal for record keeping in senior and home care. The software helps caregivers keep track of medication adherence and reconciliation, and centralizes and stores documents and calendars. CareTree's offering is HIPAA-compliant and secure. On their website, the company also pitches its software as a way for hospitals to help achieve Meaningful Use Stage 2, because the software can interface with EHR patient portals.
Clue is building an app for women to track fertility. The interface allows women to log factors like mood, pain, and menstruation on a calendar. The app from the Berlin-based company is currently in beta.
The mission of DentBoard is to build an improved cloud-based software for managing dental practices. The business-intelligence software automatically pulls data from existing dental office software.
A portmanteau of "life" and "invest," LifeVest is a consumer and employee health plan that incentivizes people to get and stay healthy by collecting money from them and sponsors from their friends and families. The money works like a stock -- if a person meets their health goal, their investment appreciates; if they don't, it goes down. WelTok CEO Jeff Margolis is an investor in the company.
The team at NYCTM saw an opportunity in the rise of needlessly high megapixel cameras in each successive generation of smartphones. According to a video on their website, they saw that increasing resolution as an opportunity to use the smartphone camera along with an algorithm to minutely track eye movement and pupil behavior, data which could lead to diagnosis and monitoring of multiple medical conditions.
Paris-based PLoM stands for "Public Library of Models." The company aims to leverage crowdsourcing to help with scientific research, including health-related studies.