StartUp Health launches second regional program, a Colorado digital health hub

By Jonah Comstock
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StartUp Health has launched its second regional affiliate program, following the launch of a Finland-focused program in May. The new program is closer to home for StartUp Health, as the accelerator is launching a Colorado group.

“We are proud to see the launch of StartUp Health Colorado and welcome its global community of Health Transformers,” Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper said in a statement. “We’re seeing innovators flock to Colorado because there’s no better region for entrepreneurs to invent and grow.”

In Colorado, StartUp Health will work with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus - Children’s Hospital Colorado, CU Anschutz and UCHealth to create a new innovation hub in the Rocky Mountain region.

“This is truly a game changing opportunity for Health Transformers,” Steven Krein, co-founder and CEO of StartUp Health, said in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and chose Colorado to expand StartUp Health because of the entrepreneurial spirit and health focus in the region. It’s entrepreneurs like Phillip Anschutz and leaders and creators like those at Children’s Hospital Colorado, CU Anschutz and UCHealth, who provide fuel for entrepreneurs to change the world.”

When StartUp Health announced its regional affiliate program in May, cofounder and President Unity Stoakes spoke with MobiHealthNews about the strategy.

"One of the philosophical beliefs we have at StartUp Health is that there’s really a great opportunity to start cross-pollinating different hubs around the world," he said at the time. "As we start to look at where the great digital health companies are being built, [it's not just in places like New York and Silicon Valley,] it’s all over. So we’re looking to connect these different regions into one great innovation community."

StartUp Health Colorado will officially launch at a laucnh event on November 16th in Denver (the event was originally scheduled for October 25th.