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MedStartr grew out of running the world’s first healthcare innovation meetup group in NYC in 2008.  Our original Health 2.0 NYC Meetup group, which we still run today, helped spark a revolution in healthcare that has led to the creation and growth of one of the world’s largest network of healthcare innovation communities in the world.  With over 250 such groups now, wherever we go we can find like-minded communities, often ones that we helped get started.  In 2010 we ran our first healthcare innovation pitch contest in NYC in an event called “Pitch Yourself Into the Shark Tank!”  Since then we have run over 190 events with over 70 contests in 25 cities and now call it the MedMo World Tour.   We do this for Three reasons
1. To seed and grow healthcare innovation communities around the globe and expand the global Medstartr healthcare innovation community.
2. We know not every great startup is going to come to NYC or be from NYC and we want to help as many as we can with connections, acceleration and investment… so we come to you.
3. We want to meet and engage with more stakeholders, partners, and institutions.  In many cases local sponsors and community leaders request and sponsor our visits.  To do that please tell us how we can help here!)
In the past we have partnered with HIMSS, NODE Health, Health Impact, Health 2.0 Chapters, Civic leaders, Medical Associations, Hospital Systems, large corporations and more to engage local, national and global audiences wherever we go.  We also bring our portfolio companies wherever we go as panelists, showcases, and judges in our contests and make sure they get to know healthcare leaders in new markets.  The MedMo World Tour Pitch events
In the wake of COVID-19 our planned 2020 tour has gone virtual.  Click here to read about our three-fold COVID response.
How are the Contests Judged?
We are all about our crowds, so of course, our judging process has always been very much about what the amazing people watching live and online think.  We started with an applause-o-meter and have moved to voting by everything from twitter analytics and texting to vote to paper and online surveys to the full MedStartr Platform which includes a review on every project page.  Go check those out here! We also have some of the most amazing people in healthcare in the crowd and sharing the stage as judges.  Drawn from the MedStartr Mentor network and representing each of the key stakeholder groups (Patients, Care Providers, Institutions, Partners, and Investors) our judging panels ask tough questions and help pick the winners.  The crowd can also always vote as well and ask questions by tweeting to the hashtag #MedMo, texting to vote, or filling out our online or even paper survey forms.
What Do Teams Win?
In addition to bragging rights and being held up on a pedestal as one of the best new ideas in healthcare, our contests are often sponsored by partners looking for new teams to invest in, partner up with, do pilots with and more.  At the very least winning gets a team into the MedStartr Ventures due diligence process that often ends in an offer of investment and acceleration that works great for early-stage startups.  Learn more about MedStartr Ventures here.
How Do I know when the MedMo World Tour or other MedStartr Event is in my area?
Join the global community here. You can customize your preferences too!  If you want to focus on NYC, please join that community here.  Either of those will get you on our newsletter list and stay informed of our next stops!
Want to get on the tour?  By all means, we encourage you to Apply to Pitch below.
Interested in bringing the MedMo World tour to your organization or area?  That’s great!  You can fill out this form or email us here or call 530.MED.STAR.
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