Watch five innovative entrepreneurs in the StartUp Health portfolio share their radical solutions that are focused on advancing mental health research and delivering happiness to those in need.

For 2021, we introduced Moonshot Programming where we highlight leading Health Transformers focused on our 12 health moonshots. For July, we showcased the Health Transformers who are innovating in the Mental Health & Happiness Moonshot and revolutionizing the space with new cutting-edge solutions.

Investors, get a first look at how you can back health moonshots using StartUp Health’s new rolling impact fund, in collaboration with AngelList.

On July 15, we hosted our seventh Health Transformer Showcased of the year — featuring five entrepreneurs in our portfolio who are innovating in the Mental Health & Happiness Moonshot. Each Health Transformer had just a few minutes to share their novel solutions and progress with an invite-only Zoom room of investors and partners. We’re proud to…


Conversa Health, a virtual care platform backed by StartUp Health in 2014, announced today that it will be acquired by Amwell, a national telehealth leader (NYSE: AMWL). The deal, which also includes the purchase of SilverCloud Health, is priced at approximately $320 million.

L-to-R: Phil Marshall, MD, MPH; Murray Brozinsky; West Shell III

Eight years ago, West Shell III and Phil Marshall, MD, MPH, founded Conversa with the vision of improving health outcomes and lowering costs by improving communication between patients and providers between visits. They built a platform that used automated, text-based chat to check in on patients, nudge them towards healthy choices, and escalate their care when necessary. That health moonshot vision, which StartUp Health backed in 2014, is poised for rapid expansion thanks to today’s announcement that Amwell, a publicly traded leader in telehealth (NYSE: AMWL), has agreed to acquire Conversa Health. …


Trusty.care, which joined StartUp Health in 2018, believes no American should go bankrupt because of healthcare costs.

Joseph Schneier, CEO & Co-founder of StartUp Health portfolio company Trusty.care, has raised a Seed round to help his mission to prevent medical bankruptcies.

This week we saw more than $750M in health innovation funding reported, including a Seed round for StartUp Health portfolio company Trusty.care, a New York, NY-based InsurTech company working to improve efficiencies in the distribution of senior, individual, and ancillary products and radically improve consumers’ financial stability related to healthcare costs. The $4M Seed round was led by Gaingels, ManchesterStory Ventures, and Rebalance Capital, with participation from Boro Capital and various family offices and angel investors. <source>

Other recent deals included:

Carbon Health, a San Francisco, CA-based primary care provider combining brick-and-mortar clinics with virtual services, raised $350M led by…


Each quarter StartUp Health invests in inspiring CEOs and founders who are reimagining what’s possible in health. Here’s who we invested in over the course of Q2 2021, as part of the StartUp Health Moonshots Impact Fund.

Investors, get a first look at how you can back health moonshots using StartUp Health’s new rolling impact fund, in collaboration with AngelList.

In the following list, we’re highlighting the inspiring CEOs and founders that we invested in the second quarter of 2021. Their work addresses a range of health moonshots — from Access to Care to Health Longevity & Aging — and challenges legacy thinking in everything from dermatology to electronic health records. To learn how you can back Health Transformers in the StartUp Health portfolio, visit healthmoonshots.com. Additionally, if you’re an accredited investor, register for an upcoming webinar to learn about becoming a member of the StartUp Health Moonshots Impact Fund, which provides exposure to all deals we invest in every…


Two StartUp Health portfolio companies — avoMD and Quit Genius — were among this week’s health innovation funding.

The founders of avoMD (top) and Quit Genius.

More than $740M in health innovation funding was reported this week, including rounds for two StartUp Health portfolio companies: Quit Genius and avoMD.

Quit Genius, a London, UK- and New York, NY-based startup on a mission to end addictive behaviors through digital therapeutics, raised a $64M Series B co-led by Kinnevik and Atomico, with participation from Triple Point Ventures, Octopus Ventures and StartUp Health. <source>

avoMD, a New York, NY-based startup on a mission to increase the adoption of evidence-based medicine and other critical information at the point of care, raised $3M from Dunamu, Mirae Asset Global Investments, SpringCamp, FuturePlay…


Ben Pasco-Anderson and Ari Blonder have created a new way to enable employers and insurers to directly invest in the health of their people, and the early results are promising.

Ari Blonder (L) and Ben Pasco-Anderson of Prospr Health

Investors, get a first look at how you can back health moonshots using StartUp Health’s new rolling impact fund, in collaboration with AngelList.

In the realm of illness and disease, there is an awful lot that we cannot control. Healthy, young people can get brain tumors and middle-aged marathoners can get diagnosed with ALS. So many illnesses and diseases feel disassociated from our life or behavior.

But there’s another category in health, one where we do have control, and our behaviors have an immediate impact on our health outcomes. The prime example of this is in a person’s weight or BMI. When we live in such a way — through diet and physical activity — to keep ourselves within a healthy weight range…


On a recent Fireside Chat, Annie Ye, digital health innovation program manager at The Gates Foundation, discussed foundation priorities and best practices for startups seeking to partner on health projects.

At a recent StartUp Health Fireside Chat, we connected with Annie Ye, the Program Manager of Digital Health Innovation at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ye has experience in technology and analytics strategy and joined the Foundation at the outset of the pandemic to refine and connect a number of technological initiatives and strategy teams. Here are 10 important takeaways we learned.

Investors, get a first look at how you can back health moonshots using StartUp Health’s new rolling impact fund, in collaboration with AngelList.

More than a year after the pandemic’s onset, the adjustment to virtual work continues to pose challenges for many around the globe. After joining the Gates Foundation at the outset of the pandemic, Annie experienced the added…


After battling cancer, software developer Sharud Agarwal decided to build a better electronic health record, one that powers “membership medicine” and treats patients and doctors as the true end users.

Sharud Agarwal, CEO & Founder of Akute Health

Investors, get a first look at how you can back health moonshots using StartUp Health’s new rolling impact fund, in collaboration with AngelList.

For too long we’ve seen patient health records dominated by the needs of insurance claims. We’re proud to be investing in a Health Transformer who is changing that equation as part of the Access to Care Moonshot and StartUp Health’s 2021/Q2 investment vintage. Learn about how Sharud Agarwal is creating a healthcare infrastructure built on trusted doctor-patient relationships, one that powers new business models in healthcare delivery.

Over the last couple of decades, we’ve seen the infrastructure of patient data undergo a sea change. First, we upgraded patient records from paper to digital. …


John and Angela Dayton have created one of the largest peer-reviewed networks of medical education resources to streamline the connection between clinicians, education, and credentialing.

John Dayton, MD, and Angela Dayton, co-founders of MedForums

Investors, get a first look at how you can back health moonshots using StartUp Health’s new rolling impact fund, in collaboration with AngelList.

Healthcare providers are required by law to stay up-to-date with the latest medical advancements. Doctors around the globe must complete annual continuing medical education (CME) to maintain their state licenses, hospital credentialing, and membership in their specialty societies. CME also helps improve competence and learn about new and developing areas of their field. These requirements often vary by state. In California, for example, physicians need to complete 100 credits of CME every four years. Utah requires 40 credits of CME every two years, and Texas requires 24 credits annually.

While the stages of medical education — undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing…


In addition to the Arianna Huffington-founded Thrive Global, this week we saw funds going to precision oncology, brain health, AI-assisted orthodontics, VR-based medical training, and much more.

Thrive Global is a behavior change technology company founded by Arianna Huffington with the mission to end the stress and burnout epidemic. Image credit: Thrive Global

More than $500M in health innovation funding was reported this week, led by Thrive Global, a New York, NY-based employee wellness business focused on behavior change technology. The $80 million Series C round was co-led by Kleiner Perkins and Owl Ventures, with participation from IVP, JAZZ Venture Partners, and Goldman Sachs Asset Management. <source>

Other recent deals included:

Xilis, a Durham, NC-based biotech startup developing a precision oncology platform, raised $70M led by Mubadala Capital, with participation from ​​GV, LSP, Catalio Capital Management, Duke Angel Network, Felicis Ventures, Two Sigma Ventures, Pear VC, KdT Ventures, and Alix Ventures. <source>

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