Mert Ishram at XLerate Health Demo Day

Mert Isari at XLerate Health Demo Day

XLerateHealth celebrated the conclusion of its second cohort of seven teams with a non-competitive demo day Thursday at the Nucleus Building.

Turns out the healthcare accelerator has more to celebrate than its graduating class. Mayor Greg Fischer announced that XLerateHealth had won $50,000 in the SBA’s first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. The competition received 800 applications from accelerators and incubators hoping to win one of 50 prizes. XLerateHealth was the only healthcare accelerator to receive an award.

Mayor Fischer gave much credit to Bob Saunders, co-founder of the accelerator, for being a “citizen soldier — which also means unpaid, by the way” and also to Ted Smith, Metro Government’s chief of innovation. He said that in Louisville there is a “huge amount of talent in the healthcare space. So it’s only natural we should have an accelerator.”

The keynote speaker was Mert Isari, graduate of the HealthBox healthcare accelerator and co-founder of Swipe Sense, a hand hygiene compliance for hospitals. It is hardware that collects data on when healthcare workers use hand sanitizers. Each year, approximately 100,000 people die from hospital-acquired infections, and data shows only 40 percent of healthcare workers practice the required hand-hygiene protocols. Last fall, Swipe Sense placed third in the Wall Street Journal’s Start Up of the Year contest.

The following companies graduated from the accelerator:

NeuroAtlas is software that processes MRIs of the brain, creates a 3D image of the brain, analyzes it and produces charts that explain the brain’s strengths and weaknesses. This is a tool for early autism diagnosis.

Gyroskope is a private social network for senior citizens and their family and friends. It is meant to ease the feelings of boredom, loneliness and social isolation that many home-bound or institutionalized seniors feel and assuages the guilt of family who may be too far away to visit as often as they’d like. The platform also offers games and classic television shows and movies.

Lift3d uses the Microsoft Kinect gesture recognition hardware and software to document physical therapy. Physical therapists can spend 20 percent of their time during a patient’s visit on documentation. This frees up that time for more attention to the patient’s needs.

Medbiomarkers is a platform for researchers, medical practitioners, medical developers and healthcare enthusiasts to create and share studies about biomarkers. is the “greatest, most social wellness challenge.” It connects with almost any wearable health tech device and helps employers offer office walking challenges, gym reimbursements, corporate perks and charity drives on a single platform. is launching a Louisville beta challenge on Dec. 1.

Blue Sky Case Management matches case mangers with developmentally disabled people who need around-the-clock care.

Personal Medicine Plus is a platform that allows doctors to set and monitor care-instructions for patients with pre-diabetes.

Of the seven teams, four were from Kentucky and one was from London, England.