Louisville-based XLerateHealth (XLH) has announced the selection of seven startup companies to participate in its 10th cohort. Three of the companies are local:
Glucoconfidence—This is a veteran-owned company that aims to empower people with diabetes to live a life without limits by developing innovative, low-calorie, all-natural liquid glucose supplements for the insulin-taking diabetic community.
Repaytient—The company provides interest- and fee-free payment plans to help hospital and clinic patients pay their rising out-of-pocket expenses. It permits these payments to be made over time, which allows patients to receive essential and elective medical care.
RxLightning—Located in New Albany, RxLighting digitizes, automates, and streamlines the historically complicated manual enrollment process of starting a patient on specialty medications.
The cohort kicked off its accelerator program on Wednesday, August 5, and will culminate with a virtual Demo Day pitch to investors, healthcare ecosystem partners, and the startup community on Tuesday, October 13.
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INNOVATIVE HELP WANTED
Needed: A-players who can change trajectories
ImproveCareNow is a non-profit organization established to transform care, health, and costs for kids with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Working with a learning health network model, ImproveCareNow has created a collaborative community. Now clinicians, researchers, parents, and patients are empowered to work together to bring about more reliable, proactive Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis care for healthier children and youth.
Through collaboration, ImproveCareNow has dramatically improved outcomes for children living with these conditions. ImproveCareNow has over 120 member sites where patients have a remission rate of more than 80 percent, compared to 55 percent ten years ago.
Hive Networks is now working with ICN to refresh the technology that allows these stakeholders to collaborate. John Bostick, CEO, spent three years studying learning health networks to develop the technology to empower doctors and researchers on their quest to improve health outcomes for patients. Hive’s future platform will allow for the “spread and scale” of more learning health networks like ICN to help kids and adults live better lives while dealing with these challenging diseases and conditions.
Are you an A-player that wants to join a firm where you can participate in a mission to help people get better faster? You can help transform healthcare through technology by joining Hive Networks. Find details on their open positions here.
The Community Foundation of Louisville has announced the winners of the 20th annual Vogt Awards. The Vogt Awards allow founders to retain full ownership of their business as they leverage a 10-week startup education program and an infusion of capital to accelerate their company’s growth.
And the awards go to:
BrainSTEM University--an EdTech startup that provides a virtual learning environment for students to access STEAM education through instructor-led courses and labs in computer science, engineering, robotics and digital media. Founder: Ricky Mason
Kare Mobile--a comprehensive dental services provider that brings treatments to patients through their unique compact mobile dental units. Founders: Kwane Watson and Brittany Becker
Level Up--a modern education company helping women gain skills and confidence through in-person and live online classes as well as a mobile platform delivering personalized burst-style learning. Founders: Natalia Bishop and Hannah Estes
Moxie Girl--a platform that improves the mental health of teen girls through an online goal-setting app, virtual near-peer mentors and a dashboard for pediatricians about their female patients. Founders: Lydia Henshaw and Heather Moster
RxLightning--a health tech company that simplifies and automates the specialty medication enrollment process for medical offices . Founders: Julia Regan and Brad Allen
Stuccco--an online home design platform that allows realtors and homeowners to get any room professionally designed and virtually staged quickly. Founder: Matt Langan
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Winners of high school pitch competition
Want another reason to regret your misspent youth?
Here are the winners of the The Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs' annual professional business-pitch competition among teams of high school students. Three teams came out on top, winning cash prizes to continue their innovative ventures.
First Place goes toPathfinder, an app similar to Waze but specific to colleges and universities, allows users to request companions, quickly call for help, and report happenings across campus.
Coming in second is a product called the "Personalized Responsive Emergency Safety System", called "Press" for short". It is a customizable bracelet design that is tailored to children with allergies, enabling them to contact family members and emergency services quickly, with the press of a button, in the event of an emergency or allergic reaction.
Third Place went to Zense, an alarm clock that wakes users up slowly, eliminating harsh alarm sounds and replacing them with aromatherapy and noises that steadily increase in volume.
You can click here to see the names of the high school students behind the ideas.
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Announcing Startup Grind's Pitch Battle
Startup Grind has announced its first Pitch Battle on Friday, August 28 at noon.
Five local or regional startups will be selected to compete in this pitch competition. Winners will get free membership into Startup Grind's Startup Membership Program and be selected for the Startup Grind Global Pitch Competition in September, hosted in conjunction with Startup members from all around the world, for a chance to win many exciting prizes.
The pitch battle is a great opportunity for regional startups to practice their pitch and earn the chance to participate in a global pitch competition. You can click here to submit your application.
You can also reserve a ticket to attend this event by clicking here.
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KNOW YOUR CITY
Have you checked your "Louis-Q" recently?
If there's anyone more enthusiastic than a trivia fan it's a Louisville Cardinals trivia fan. This week, we're asking questions about the team.
What year did Denny Crum start coaching the Louisville Cardinals basketball team? Extra points if you can tell us what coach he took over from.
What team did the Cardinals beat to win their second NCAA championship?
What Cardinal player set a vertical leap record of 48 inches?
Click here for answers (and a video that may make you cry).