MassChallenge HealthTech Announces 2021 Cohort of Top Digital Health Startups

Boston, Mass. (December 17, 2020) – MassChallenge HealthTech today announced the 30 digital health startups that will join its 2021 cohort. MassChallenge HealthTech invites the community to meet the 2021 cohort at its virtual MassChallenge Verticals Opening Night, an introduction to the digital health and financial technology cohorts on January 13. 

“This year’s MassChallenge HealthTech cohort is our most competitive and diverse group to date – we closed our application season with more than 380 incredible applicants from more than 35 countries and 210 cities,” said Nick Dougherty, Managing Director of MassChallenge HealthTech. “The 30 startups represent some of the world’s most innovative businesses that are transforming healthcare. We are excited about what our entrepreneurs will accomplish with their Champion partners in this upcoming program year.”

After rigorous Matchmaking, this year’s startups received 73 partnership offers from 21 MassChallenge HealthTech Champions, an impressive group of institutions, providers, and payors. Beginning in January, these industry-leading organizations will work directly with startups by facilitating key advisor introductions, pilots, research, and investment opportunities. Startups will also have access to tailored curriculum, industry experts, and investors, and the opportunity to apply for scholarships. 

“Takeda is committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to people worldwide through leading innovation in medicine, and MCHT is uniquely positioned to introduce us to startups and founders solving healthcare’s biggest challenges. The companies we’ve met via MCHT this year hold the potential to deliver great value to Takeda’s patients,” said David Zuckerman, Digital Health Partnerships Lead, Takeda Pharmaceuticals. “MCHT’s process of evaluating the potential of each startup is unmatched and we look forward to exploring the possibilities with our startup partners throughout 2021!”

H&R Block, a new MassChallenge HealthTech Champion partner, shared their enthusiasm for the upcoming program year. “H&R Block is thrilled to partner with MassChallenge,” said Lindsey Lanzisero, Vice President Total Rewards, H&R Block. “We look forward to supporting these startups as we work together to provide new, innovative ways for our associates and their families to manage their health and well-being. The ability to get in on the ‘ground floor’ of new offerings will benefit our associates, our company and our broader communities.” 

To date, approximately 115 startups have participated in MassChallenge HealthTech. These alumni have raised more than $459M in funding, generated more than $52M in revenue, created over 1,250 jobs, and impacted millions of patient lives. More details on the 2020 program’s impact can be found here.

2021 MASSCHALLENGE HEALTHTECH COHORT

4Blind (Moscow, Russian Federation) – 4Blind company conducts research, create and produce innovative devices for improvement of quality of life of blind and deaf-blind people.

Agamon (Tel Aviv, Israel) – Agamon extracts meaningful, actionable data from the unstructured text of medical reports–improving care & automating workflows.

Augment Therapy (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) – Augment Therapy is an interactive software that uses augmented reality and telehealth to solve problems of pediatric physical therapy.

BetterYou (Saint Paul, Minnesota) – BetterYou is a digital coach that helps people make better health and wellness decisions every day.

Butterflly Health (Los Angeles, California) – The first-of-its kind mental health digital platform designed and developed for underserved populations.

Caregather (New York City, New York) – Caregather helps friends, family, & coworkers come together to better support patients and their caregivers during difficult medical moments

Digbi Health (Mountainview, California) – First digital care company that harnesses gut biome, genetic, and lifestyle risk signals to demonstrably deliver health outcomes and savings.

Ejenta (San Francisco, California) – An intelligent agent that uses NASA-licensed AI technology to provide personalized remote care

HealthyHealth (London, United Kingdom) – HealthyHealth uses digital health data from smartphone and wearables to predict the risk of thousands of medical conditions along with extra-mortality and extra-morbidity risk.

HUED (Washington, District of Columbia) – HUED is a technology-enabled platform that connects Black and Latino patients with culturally-competent healthcare providers.

Julota (Colorado Springs, Colorado) – Julota enables a cross-sector care team to address any issue enabling collaboration among private, public, healthcare & charitable entities.

Kinto (Cambridge, Massachusetts) – Kinto is a tech-enabled care coaching service supporting families caring for older adults with dementia. 

KnowRX (Austin, Texas) – Our machine learning platform, Maestro ML™ sources patients for clinical trial engagement and more, this empowers patients for better health outcomes.

Litesprite (Bellevue, Washington) – We build games to help people manage chronic health conditions. Our data delivers insights to clinicians and players.

Lyfegen (Basel, Switzerland) – Helping patients to access innovative therapies by driving value-based healthcare. 

MindMics (Cambridge, Massachusetts) – MindMics has made clinical-grade vital signs monitoring as easy as listening to music by analyzing sound waves produced by the body.

Mosaic (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) – Mosaic provides a complete picture of a patient’s health across the continuum of care.

Ōmcare (Burnsville, Minnesota) – Ōmcare is a digital health company pioneering products that enable remote care in the home.

Quick’r Care (Orlando, Florida) –  Quick’rCare helps guide sick patients to the best form of immediate care.

SafeDose (Southbourough, Massachusetts) –  SafeDose Family helps parents safeguard and document the practice of giving medications to their children at home by leveraging our safety and education platform trusted by doctors, pharmacists, and nurses in hundreds of rural ED’s in the US.

See Yourself Health (Beverly, Massachusetts) – Backed by 10+ years of NIH funded research, See Yourself Health uses immersive simulation technology to improve health and reduce costs.

Semantic Health (Toronto, Canada) – Automating medical coding with ML and NLP to build an actionable data layer for hospitals.

Soshe (Needham, Massachusetts) – Soshe is a digital health & wellness program for new and expecting moms that complements the care of physicians.

Strados Lab (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) – We are developing an AI-enabled remote respiratory monitoring system for managing pulmonary health.

TellUs You Care (San Francisco, California) – At Tellus we are building the future of eldercare technology and improving eldercare with dignity and privacy.

TREND Community (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) – TREND Community turns anecdotes into evidence on a platform for those living with rare disease who can engage in community powered science.

UpLift Health (Atlanta, Georgia) –  UpLift is a digital self-help program for depression and anxiety – like Duolingo but for learning skills typically taught via psychotherapy.

WearWorks (New York City, New York) – WearWorks is a Haptic Design company. We build products and experiences that communicate information through touch.

Wolomi (Washington, District of Columbia) – Wolomi is the only digital community and app that offers support to women of color to improve maternal health outcomes.

Zibrio (Houston, Texas) – ZIBRIO provides the complete solution for fall prevention, from precision measurement of balance and fall risk to personalized solutions through software products.

MassChallenge HealthTech Partners and Champions

AARP, Accenture, Allscripts, American Medical Association, Anthem Inc, Atrius Health, Becton Dickinson, Beth Israel Lahey Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the City of Boston, Goodwin Procter, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, H&R Block, JP Morgan, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP), Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Massachusetts eHealth Institute (MeHI) at MassTech, Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, MassMutual, Microsoft, Mintz Levin, MITRE, OSF Healthcare, P&G Ventures, Route 66 Ventures, Sanofi, Takeda, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, WeHealth Digital Medicine

About MassChallenge

MassChallenge is the global network for innovators. Headquartered in the United States with seven locations worldwide, MassChallenge equips bold entrepreneurs to disrupt the status quo and to create meaningful change. Since launching in 2009, more than 2,400 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $6.2B in funding, generated more than $3B in revenue, and created more than 157,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at masschallenge.org.