OSF Innovation recently signed a one-year agreement to be a Platinum Sponsor of PULSE@MassChallenge, a program that specifically focuses on identifying and accelerating promising digital health startups. As a partner, OSF has the opportunity to vet hundreds of digital healthstartups and can choose up to two it will mentor to further develop their companies including connecting them with health care leaders, initiating pilots and introducing them to investment opportunities.
Beyond mentorship, companies selected to be part of the six-month long PULSE@MassChallenge program gain access to scholarships, tailored curriculum and more than 8,000 square feet of office space in Boston, the home of Harvard University and MIT. More than 500 startups applied to be part of this year’s second PULSE cohort with about 90 matched to OSF HealthCare. The OSF Innovation Partnerships team will interview 10 companies, Tuesday, December 5and choose up to two to work with soon after.
In its first year, PULSE@MassChallenge startups addressed elder care, sports injuries, telemedicine, and more. The program this year is focused on challenges facing nutrition, caregiving, the opioid epidemic, genomics, rare diseases, cybersecurity and more.
“Both PULSE and OSF Innovation share in the belief that startups can dramatically improve health care and enhance the lives of patients around the world,” said Nick Dougherty, Program Director, PULSE@MassChallenge. “We’re excited to be partnering with their team in 2018 to help startups create widespread impact.”