Texas Children's, Houston Methodist & more to partner with woman-led digital health startups

Ignite Healthcare Network, a Houston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the roles of women in healthcare, announced on Aug. 6 the latest cohort of 13 startups for its accelerator program.

Each of the chosen woman-led startups will be partnered with a healthcare organization, spanning providers, payers, consulting firms and more established companies. These organizations will serve as mentors to the early-stage companies throughout the 10-week program as they prepare a business pitch.

The startups will present their pitches at the third annual Fire Pitch Competition at the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute in October, where winners could receive a spot in the center's own accelerator program, further mentorship and professional services, and cash prizes from TMC, the Texas Halo Fund and other investment groups.

Here are the 13 chosen startups and their assigned partner organizations:

  • Augment Therapy (Cleveland): Texas Children's Pediatrics
  • BabyNoggin (San Francisco): DePelchin Children's Center
  • Healthiby (Houston): Next Level Urgent Care
  • iTreatMD (San Francisco): Memorial Hermann Health System
  • Materna Medical (Mountain View, Calif.): Texas Children's Hospital
  • MotiSpark (Los Angeles): University of Houston
  • Oncora Medical (Philadelphia): Humana
  • Path Ex (Houston): Houston Methodist Hospital
  • PyrAmes (Cupertino, Calif.): Texas Children's Hospital
  • Ria Health (San Francisco): The Menninger Clinic
  • Savonix (San Francisco): Humana
  • Spoke Health (Denver): Gallagher Healthcare
  • UpHold Health (Chicago): VillageMD

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