Health Equity Moonshot Lifts Off

StartUp Health initiative brings Black, Latino/x, and female entrepreneurs together with investors

The first round of entrepreneurs to introduce their companies via StartUp Health’s platform, health investor networks, and global media channels, from left to right: Javier Evelyn, CEO and founder of Alerje; Jessica Thurmond, Co-CEO and co-founder of Athelo Health;  Yusuf Henriques, CEO and founder of IndyGeneUS AI; Colby Takeda, CEO and co-founder of Pear Suite; and Adonica Shaw, CEO and founder of Wingwomen. Photo illustration: StartUp Health

Every year, the venture capital industry invests billions in US-based companies, but most of that capital does not flow to Black, Latino/x, and female-founded companies. This lack of funding creates missed opportunities for new products and services to solve problems, improve lives, and build wealth in communities of color.

Last year, we announced that StartUp Health and the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund are teaming up to address this inequity by launching a 12-month initiative focused on Black, Latino/x, and female health tech founders. The program will recruit and convene founders and support them via StartUp Health’s platform, health investor networks, and global media channels.

On May 18, 2023, a select group of participants spent an hour meeting these inspirational entrepreneurs from the StartUp Health portfolio who are working to achieve health moonshots that will improve the health and well-being of people around the world.

Each Health Transformer had just five minutes to share their novel solutions and progress with an invite-only Zoom room of investors and partners. We’re proud to share their stories with you here. Learn about each company’s health moonshot story and progress, listen to the Q&A, and reach out for more information from the presenters.

Read the article and view videos of each presentation. The next round of presentations will be on June 29.

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