The funding, led by Ascension Ventures, allows Cala Health — a StartUp Health portfolio company and a pioneer and leader of bioelectronic medicine — to expand patient access and fuel innovation into other indications.

L-to-R: Renee Ryan, CEO; and Kate Rosenbluth, PhD, Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

We saw nearly $1.3B in health innovation funding reported this week, including $77M in new financing for , which StartUp Health backed in 2019. The round was led by Ascension Ventures, with participation from Dolby Family Ventures, PEAK6 Strategic Capital, and Innovatus Capital Partners. <>

Jon Kaplan, long-time tech executive and Chief Revenue Officer at Pinterest, is backing a new generation of health tech founders from around the world through StartUp Health’s Moonshot Impact Fund.

Jon Kaplan, Chief Revenue Officer at Pinterest


Jon Kaplan, long-time tech executive and Chief Revenue Officer at Pinterest, has been a supporter of StartUp Health since its…

Brothers Rafael and Rodrigo López, MD, combined their experience in tech, business, and medicine to upgrade healthcare delivery in Mexico City and beyond.

L-to-R: Rodrigo López, MD, and Rafael López



Mexico, like so many nations, faces the challenges of a fragmented healthcare system. On paper, it’s a two-tier system where a privileged few (about 7%) have private insurance, and everyone else is covered by public institutions or pay for healthcare expenses on their own. But the high cost of private…

Other rounds this week went to digital health startups in Europe, Africa, and across the United States.

More than $850M in health innovation funding was reported this week, led by Fullscript, an Ottawa, Canada-based developer of a B2B integrative medicine marketplace. The $240M funding round came from HGGC and Snapdragon Capital Partners. <>



After more than 40 years of investing, Ira Brind knows that successful startups have as much to do with the team as the business model. He’s been an investor in StartUp Health since its conception and is now backing a diverse portfolio of startups through our Health Moonshots Impact Fund.

Ira Brind, President of Brind Investments, Inc.


After more than 40 years of investing, Mr. Brind knows that successful startups have as much to do with the team as the business model. He’s had a seat on many trustee boards, including Thomas Jefferson University, Winstar University, Young Charter School, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He uses…

As a rugby player and a serial entrepreneur, it was a natural fit for David Stapleton to address the needs of the fragmented outdoor fitness market. Now, with their marketplace of passionate trainers and consumers, Stapleton and his team are looking to scale BUA FIT beyond the UK, helping people everywhere live a healthier, more active lifestyle.


Origin Story

Growing up in Kildare, Ireland, David Stapleton loved two things most of all: playing outside and making money.

“I’ve been obsessed with business and fitness my whole life,” he says in a winsome brogue.

As a kid in boarding school, Stapleton heard his teachers complain about how uncomfortable their chairs…

Enlace Health & Valera Health, both in the StartUp Health portfolio, are focused on the Cost to Zero and Mental Health & Happiness Moonshots, respectively.

Left: Bill Nordmark, CEO of ; Right: Thomas Tsang, MD, MPH, CEO & Founder of

Our team tracked more than $815M in health innovation funding reported this week, including rounds for two StartUp Health portfolio companies. (fka Aver) raised $58M led by Cox Enterprises. With the new funding, the Atlanta, GA-based company, which StartUp Health initially backed in 2013, is dramatically expanding its…

Now is the time to rally entrepreneurs, investors, and the best in technology to end what has become one of the deadliest killers in the world.

On Sunday, November 14, we are proud to support . You’d be hard-pressed today to find anyone who hasn’t been impacted by diabetes in some way. This chronic disease that affects how the body processes blood sugar seems to be everywhere: in our families, among our friends, and…

Under the leadership of CEO Bill Nordmark, Enlace Health (formerly known as Aver, which StartUp Health initially backed in 2013) is dramatically expanding its mission of transitioning healthcare organizations to outcomes-based business models.

Bill Nordmark, CEO of


Just 18 months ago we about the $27M Series C that allowed the Atlanta, GA-based startup to take their team of 40 and scale nationally. This week the a $58M raise, led by Cox Enterprises, that will enable them to grow faster and further. According…

CEO and Co-founder Sidney Collin has invented a novel device that helps people with Parkinson’s overcome ‘freezing of gait,’ a debilitating symptom that causes dangerous falls and affects millions of people worldwide.

Sidney Collin, CEO & Co-founder of De Oro Devices


The Challenge

Often with healthcare startups, there’s a direct problem at hand and then there’s the much bigger health moonshot challenge. The micro leads to the macro and the mission is critical to the moonshot. …

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