Humana Sponsors Blueprint Health Accelerator Program
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Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM) continues its commitment to innovation, health and well-being by partnering with Blueprint Health and working together to spark change and make a meaningful impact on the health care community.
As the exclusive health insurance platinum sponsor of the summer 2012 Blueprint Health Accelerator, Humana will work closely with program participants and other health care entrepreneurs, investors, executives and innovators that serve as mentors to the community. Blueprint Health kicked off its summer session on July 16; the intensive program provides seed capital, office space, and most critically, access to a broad range of mentors with deep healthcare, start-up and technology experience.
Blueprint Health is a New York City-based accelerator program that supports entrepreneurs who are building innovative companies at the intersection of health and technology. With the largest health care-specific mentor community of any accelerator program, the organization helps health care start-up companies validate their business models and/or scale their business, secure clients and raise capital. Blueprint Health is a Charter Member of the Global Accelerator Network and the leading healthcare technology accelerator firm.
“We’re excited to partner with Blueprint Health to encourage creativity and innovation in the health care and well-being space,” said Shankar Ram, Vice President of Innovation at Humana. “At Humana, we believe we must employ a consumer-oriented approach to well-being. And as technology makes its way into more areas of our lives, we must turn to these advances in technology as agents of positive change and take healthcare into the future.”
Humana will work as an integrated member of the program, reviewing candidates, and meeting with companies during the first week of the program and mentoring participants throughout. This partnership provides Humana with an opportunity to work closely with the entrepreneurs and inventors of tomorrow, aid that process and continue to be inspired to innovate meaningful change to the health industry.
“Blueprint Health is focused on identifying partners who have a strong strategic fit with our mission and are interested in encouraging innovations in healthcare technology,” said Brad Weinberg, M.D., Founder of Blueprint Health. “Partnering with Humana, a company focused on innovation, provides a great opportunity for our program participants. There was a natural connection between Humana and Blueprint Health’s goals to facilitate health and well-being through technological innovation.”
Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.
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Blueprint Health is a NYC based accelerator that provides healthcare entrepreneurs with access to a community, capital and customers. Running two three-month intensive programs per year, Blueprint Health companies receive seed capital, office space, and most critically, access to a broad range of mentors with deep healthcare, start-up and technology experience. Blueprint Health is a Charter member of the Global Accelerator Network and was started by Mathew Farkash and Dr. Brad Weinberg.