SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Rock Health, the first startup accelerator for health, today announced a new sponsorship with UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health and well-being company, to support and advance technology innovation in health care.
Aside from financial support, UnitedHealth Group will engage in workshops and mentor participants selected for Rock Health’s five-month incubator program, which is geared to catalyzing new ideas into products and businesses that benefit the health care marketplace.
“We are pleased to support Rock Health’s efforts to nurture and advance innovation in health care,” said Tom Vanderheyden, vice president, Emerging Businesses Group at UnitedHealth Group. “Innovation is a key driver in helping make the health system work better for everyone, and this accelerator model we believe will help bring solutions to market in a significantly shorter timeframe.”
UnitedHealth Group joins Rock Health’s previously announced 2011 corporate partners: Microsoft Health Solutions, Nike, Qualcomm Wireless Health, and Quest Diagnostics. Hospital partners include Mayo Clinic, Cincinnati Children’s, UCSF and Harvard Medical School.
“We are pleased to welcome UnitedHealth Group to our premier roster of partners,” said Halle Tecco, managing director of Rock Health. “Our teams will benefit greatly from their broad perspectives as a diversified global provider of health benefits and health services.”
About UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making health care work better. With headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn., UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. Through its businesses, UnitedHealth Group serves more than 75 million people worldwide. For more information visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com
About Rock Health
Rock Health’s mission is to inspire and support the next generation of the digital health ecosystem. By bringing together the brightest minds in technology and healthcare, Rock Health provides crucial funding, mentorship and operational support to high-potential, early stage start-ups. Additional information about the organization and its members is available at www.RockHealth.com.
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