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Wade Roush 6/2/11 The summer after her first year at Harvard Business School, Halle Tecco got an internship at Apple in Cupertino, CA, helping to evaluate mobile apps for the health and medical category of the iTunes App Store. “I was on the phone all day with big hospitals and healthcare organizations who didn’t put the love into their apps,” she says. “They were building things with a check-box strategy, and in my opinion they didn’t have much creativity or innovation.” Sitting in the next cubicle over, by contrast, was a woman who worked on game apps. “She had a really colorful cube with people in and out all day long.
Rock Health , the new health-focused tech start-up accelerator, today announced its first class. Accelerators don’t typically release the names and products of their start-ups until the close of the program–in part to leave room for frequent “pivots” to new topics–but many of Rock Health’s start-ups are already far along on their Web and mobile apps. Here’s the list: San Francisco-based Rock Health, which is affiliated with the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation, Harvard Medical School, and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, is part of a trend toward purpose-focused start-up accelerators , including Greenstart for cleantech and Imagine K12 for education. Rock Health plans to take in these eleven companies for five months and spit them out with added funding, infrastructure and strategic medical, branding, communications and legal support. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Firespotter Labs launched today with $3 million in funding from Google Ventures . The Mountain View , Calif.-based accelerator, as it is being dubbed, sounds a lot like an incubator.
UPDATE: Check out the 2012 Startup Accelerators and Incubator Rankings released on August 22, 2012. There are a number of startup accelerator and incubator programs in the United States.
We’ve written about the younger generation of consumer Web entrepreneurs taking on enterprise software, aiming to make truly usable business software that– to put it bluntly– doesn’t suck . Now, at least one group is aiming to apply all the lessons of the consumer Web and mobile apps to revolutionize another neglected, stodgy industry: Healthcare. RockHealth , a new incubator for healthcare IT startups, opened its doors for applications on Friday and has already received more than forty submissions.
“Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to be an “adult” with a college degree under your belt. Teens have the brains and often the maturity level.” Daniel Brusilovsky Founder of Teens In Tech Networks With this thought in mind Daniel Brusilovsky started the company in February of 2008 at the age of 15, as a support network for young people who were starting their own companies and getting involved in the tech world.
With its copious power outlets, Gouda-wrapped meatballs, and a curated magazine rack featuring vintage Steve Jobs covers, the Summit cafe sits at the intersection of San Francisco's three most conspicuous tribes: techies, foodies, and yuppies.