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What is Rock Health?
Rock Health is a full-service seed fund that is powering the future of the digital health ecosystem, bringing together the brightest minds across disciplines to build better solutions. Rock Health funds and supports startups building the next generation of technologies transforming healthcare.
What exactly does Rock Health provide to entrepreneurs?
Rock Health provides early stage startups with funding and support. Startups receive:
Funding (up to a $250K investment) from the Rock Health Fund
Dedicated support with our team, helping your company with fundraising, business/customer development, strategy, operating model/hiring, marketing and product launch support, and PR—consider us your first few employees
Access to our expert network, a broad range of individuals representing the healthcare industry, technologists, and venture capitalists, as well as fellow portfolio entrepreneurs
Medical expertise and guidance from Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic, Harvard Medical School, and UCSF
Support from programming partners, including the design firm Cooper and startup lawyers Fenwick & West
Over $35,000 worth of goods, services, and discounts (from Apple, SalesForce, AWS, oDesk, and more)
The option to work out of our beautiful space in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood
How is Rock Health structured?
Rock Health has two arms—a fund that invests in startups and a non-profit that focuses on education (through startup support, events, and research).
Who are the investors in the Rock Health Fund?
Investors in Rock Health’s current fund include Bessemer Venture Partners, Great Oaks Ventures, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Montreux Equity Partners.
How can I get funding?
What are the terms of the investment?
We fund companies on seed terms, similar to what you would expect from any other early stage investor. If we’re investing in an existing round, we’ll evaluate and join on existing terms. If we’re the first money in, we’ll work with you to set terms. Our fund operates exactly as any other seed stage fund does.
To support Rock Health’s longevity and our vibrant digital health community, most of our companies voluntarily donate advisor shares to the non-profit.
What are the possibilities for follow-on funding?
While we only invest once, our portfolio companies have gone on to raise money from Accel, Andreessen Horowitz, Asset Management, Collaborative Fund, DCM, Felicis, First Round, Floodgate, Founders Collective, Founders Fund, General Catalyst, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Khosla Ventures, NEA, Social+Capital, SV Angel, True Ventures, USVP, Venrock, angel investors Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, Caterina Fake, Yuri Milner, Mark Pincus, Keith Rabois, Kevin Rose, and many others.
What are you looking for?
We’re looking for clever, product-centric ideas that solve real problems in healthcare. Products can be in the form of web or mobile apps, services, have a hardware or sensor component, and should be early stage. No experience in the health space? No worries. We have resources and connections in the sector. We want you to use what you’ve learned in other segments — gaming, informatics, design, etc. and combine it with the expertise of our team and our partners.
Where are you located?
Our headquarters are in San Francisco, but you don’t have to be.
Who’s behind this?
I have some questions about submitting my company. Where do I go?
You can find the submission FAQ here.
Can I talk to someone at Rock Health about my startup or idea?
No problem! We have office hours in multiple cities. Find out more here.
I’m looking for a job. Can you introduce me to startups?
Still have questions?