The Health Cell’s Boot Camp to Jump-Start Healthtech Startups

By Iris Gonzalez
An image of The Health Cell's healthtech boot camp logo.

How can healthtech startups leverage artificial intelligence, cloud-based services, innovative software, and other solutions to help transform healthcare? One way is to encourage different industry specialists to work together, guided by expert mentoring, to get an integrated team all the way to successful product development.

The Health Cell is providing exactly this jump-start with its HealthTech Boot Camp May 11 to 13, 2018. The three-day weekend event to be hosted at Geekdom is designed to help those early-stage companies focused on disrupting the healthcare industry by leveraging cloud-based technology applications.

To register, fill out The Health Cell application form here by May 1, 2018. The cost for the weekend workshop is $150 and $75 for students to cover the costs of all meals and resources provided. Space will be limited to 60 participants who will be notified by May 3.

Those with a great idea for a healthtech startup, as well as experts with specialized skills who can participate on a startup team over the course of the weekend boot camp are encouraged to apply. Possible ideas that could be developed at the intersection of healthcare and technology include applications leveraging big data analytics, augmented reality, or artificial intelligence, remote patient monitoring, personalized or preventive medicine, or patient workflow management.

“There will be a combination of on-site and off-site mentors and experts with those off-site available by phone or Skype,” said Pratap Khanwilker, vice president at In Cube Labs and one of the boot camp organizers. “We’re looking for a mix of healthcare professionals, business people, and tech experts to participate and collaborate on innovative healthtech projects.”

Over the course of the three-day weekend, participants will learn to pitch an idea, gather a team, and work with the support of expert mentors to develop the idea into a marketable product. The event culminates in a pitch competition with judges from across the health, business, and technology sectors.

The three-day startup boot camp approach is a change from the knowledge-based workshop format The Health Cell used for its inaugural program offered in 2016 that helped participants develop and bring to market medical technologies.

“By shifting from The Health Cell’s previously used workshop structure to a three-day startup boot camp, we hope to spark the tech sector’s interest in healthcare and healthtech applications,” The Health Cell co-founder Beth Eby said.

There will be opportunities for boot camp attendees to win prizes such as legal services to incorporate one’s company and help protect intellectual property as well as cash prizes.

“We are continuing our mission of collaboration to help grow the healthtech ecosystem in San Antonio,” The Health Cell president Kevin Barber said. “By collaborating across different industry silos, we can help generate innovation for new ideas that could be brought to market.”

The workshops will start and end at Geekdom’s Event Centre, located at 131 Soledad St. Participants will have access to the Rand building 24/7 to develop their concepts. The boot camp starts May 11 at 5 p.m. with the final pitch competition May 13 starting at 5 p.m.

“With the rise of the tech industry in downtown San Antonio, and the strength of our city’s healthcare industry, we have the perfect environment to nurture healthtech startups,” boot camp organizer Cynthia Phelps said. “The HealthTech Bootcamp is poised to do just that.”

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