Harvard Students Aim to ‘Rock’ Mobile Health Initiative

An innovative new mobile health venture – and Health 2.0 incubator – dubbed Rock Health is being launched by four Harvard Business School students. The effort stands to lend healthcare expertise, development resources and even funding to powerful and select ideas capable of positively impacting the burgeoning mobile health industry.

“Rock Health aims to catalyze innovation in the interactive health space through a supportive community and robust seed-accelerator program,” the group says on its official website. “Beginning in July 2011, a select a group of startups will partake in an intensive 6-month program, turning ideas into products and businesses.”

“We are putting together a panel of judges including our advisers as well as our other partners,” Rock Health’s Halle Tecco said recently in an interview with mobihealthnews.com. “This is typical for any incubator, it’s not person making the decision, it’s a team of people. We are going to look at this from a number of lenses” including from the health care provider’s perspective and the investor’s.

“We met with other incubators like Y Combinator, TechStars, MassChallenge to better understand the nuances of the incubator models,”  Tecco adds, “but ultimately decided to take inspiration from these models but make ours unique.”

For too long, health has lagged behind other software sectors in entrepreneurship. The world of patient care and healthy living is almost foreign to the technological creativity found in social media, games and other verticals.

Rock Health “directly targets the gap” between these ecosystems, enabling high-impact innovation.

According to Rock Health’s founders, the venture will serve up assistance with regard to a host of challenging aspects that often limit or deter entrepreneurship and ultimate success:

  • Seed funding
  • Access to capital
  • Support from the Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation
  • Mentorship
  • Office space in Silicon Valley
  • Free legal council and services
  • Workshops from experts in design, health policy, lean startup methodology, financing, and more
  • A passionate community of like-minded individuals solving meaningful problems

No experience in the health space? That’s great. We’ve built a program to give you resources and connections in the sector. And our friends at the Mayo Clinic (consistently ranked one of the top hospitals in the world) are excited to help you out.

For more information about this endeavor, please visit Rock Health’s official website.

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