For the past two years, the Rock Health team has worked tirelessly with one goal in mind: to disrupt (and wake up) a balkanized, archaic industry that touches every single life on this planet: healthcare.
People often ask me why we created Rock Health as a non-profit and the answer is simple: so we can closely partner with the organizations and people who provide care. And we have. For the past two years we’ve worked closely with top hospitals including Harvard Medical School (where we hosted 7 startups this summer), UCSF, and Mayo Clinic. These organizations have provided insights, pilots, partnerships, funding, and even office space for Rock Health startups. We are incredibly grateful for their openness, enthusiasm, and patience as we chart new territory.
It’s hard to believe that we’ve had three classes of startups complete our program. That’s 35 startups. 89 entrepreneurs. And over $25 million in follow-on funding. We continue to refine our curriculum, grow our network of committed mentors, and throw pretty good parties. But this is still the beginning.
Today we are excited and proud to announce a new partnership that takes Rock Health to the next level. Each startup joining Rock Health will receive a $100,000 investment from four incredible partners: Aberdare Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mayo Clinic, and Mohr Davidow Ventures. We know it’s hard to launch a startup in health, and know this boost in capital will make it slightly easier.
So with that, we open applications for our fourth class. Join us and build something useful.