After a 1,800 mile drive across the country, First Derm (powered by iDoc24) is now in Kansas City, Missouri to participate in the Sprint Techstars accelerator program! Hundreds of startups applied but only 10 were accepted. We could not be more honored and excited for the road ahead and to keep improving mobile dermatology for our users.
So what exactly is Sprint Techstars? You can think of the 3 month program as a “university” or “bootcamp” for startups. During the program we will learn from some of the top mentors in mobile health. Sprint lets us use their beautiful coworking space in the heart of the Crossroads Art District in downtown KC.
The activities thus far have included a tour of Sprint’s Overland Park campus to meet executives and rigorous pitch training back in the Crossroads.
John Fein, the managing director of Sprint Techstars said:
“The 10 new companies will have access to some amazing resources, including our health system collaborators, expert mentors and Sprint executives. The combination of Sprint and Techstars will be a powerful catalyst for the companies to take their businesses to the next level.”
Since we already have dermatology apps used by thousands of people every month, our main goal for the program is to reach more users through key corporate partnerships, including Sprint. Like us, Sprint and Techstars are betting big on mobile health, and we are very optimistic about this collaboration. We also are excited to bring our skin cancer awareness message to the Kansas City community for a Spot Cancer in the park campaign during the first weekend of May to honor skin cancer awareness month.
Here is a brief summary of our fellow Techstars startups in the 2015 program:
Alcohoot: a police-grade breathalyzer and a mobile app to help companies and individuals track alcohol consumption.
HealthID Profile: a mobile platform with an associated wearable to track critical health information.
Hidrate: a completely redesigned water bottle to help track personal hydration.
Jolt: a wearable head-impact sensor to help amateur athletes (and their parents/coaches) track potential concussions to play safer.
Ovatemp: a thermometer and mobile app to help women get pregnant by using their natural cycles.
Oxie: is a wearable air purifier and air quality tracker.
Rex Pet Health: the first fully transparent marketplace for pet owners to compare vet prices, see reviews and book appointments.
Social Code: an online support community to improve patient outcomes and outlook.
Triomi: A portable and affordable 12-lead EKG machine.