National health care startup XLerateHealth recently announced that six companies would be participating in its second annual cohort in Flint, including Bell Tech Communications.
Five of the six companies are from Michigan, including Crosby Innovations and SafetyCo out of Detroit, HealthOpX from East Lansing, 2innovate from Metamora and Bell Tech Communications operating here in Flint. The final company, Insubiq, is based in Newton, Pennsylvania. They will all participate in 12 weeks of intensive bootcamp, while working with a team of coaches and mentors with the goal of commercializing their business.
Kickoff for the second cohort begins on July 8, and will be completely virtual in order to adapt to the safety precautions to combat COVID-19.
A virtual Demo Day pitch to investors, healthcare ecosystem partners, and the startup community will mark the end of the cohort on Sept. 16.
Several Michigan venture capital Firms will be participating in the program including: SkyPoint Ventures, Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund, Northern Michigan Angels, and ID Ventures. XLH also includes support from local and regional health care organizations and hospital systems, including the University of Michigan-Flint, Hurley Medical Center, and MidMichigan Health.
The program operates out of the Ferris Wheel building in downtown Flint and is funded by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 100K Ideas. XLerateHealth opened its doors locally in January of 2019 with the goal of making Flint a standout city in the realm of health care entrepreneurship.
“XLH is committed to the revitalization and growth of Flint and to the goal of attracting investment capital to innovative, emerging health care companies in this region,” said Jackie Willmot, CEO and co-founder of XLH. “Two new affiliated programs were introduced this year in an effort to identify and provide early-stage coaching to Flint researchers, clinicians, inventors, and entrepreneurs who are interested in starting a business but need support to move their ideas forward.”
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