Army of Healthcare Transformers to Assemble at JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

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1,000 of the World’s Healthcare Leaders, Investors and Entrepreneurs to Convene for Inaugural StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco

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“The StartUp Health Festival is about creating a space where healthcare moonshots begin and transformation happens." - Unity Stoakes, Co-founder of StartUp Health

StartUp Health, a global health innovation company with the world’s largest portfolio of digital health companies, announced The StartUp Health Festival, a two-day experience which will bring together more than 1,000 of the world’s healthcare leaders, investors and entrepreneurs focused on reinventing healthcare. The Festival will take place on Monday, January 11 and Tuesday, January 12, 2016 in the StartUp Health Café “at the gates” of the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco and is designed to connect the next generation of healthcare entrepreneurs with hundreds of investors and visionary leaders focused on transforming healthcare.

More than 1,000 investors, CEOs and leaders in digital health will participate, and some of the featured fireside chats include:

-StartUp Health Chairman Jerry Levin
-HHS CTO Susannah Fox
-GE Ventures CEO Sue Siegel
-Venrock partner Bob Kocher, MD
-Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla
-athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush
-super angel Esther Dyson
-Aurora Healthcare CEO Nick Turkal, MD
-Cardinal Health EVP Meghan Fitzgerald DrPh
-Preventative Medicine Research Institute founder, Dean Ornish, MD
-Nearly 100 CEOs and founders from StartUp Health companies

“The StartUp Health Festival is about sparking action and cross-pollinating leaders with a Transformer Mindset,” said StartUp Health CEO and co-founder Steven Krein. “Something powerful happens when you bring together so many of the world’s visionaries and everyone in the room is committed to leaping healthcare forward.”

Everyone Participates For Two Minutes or Two Days
“The StartUp Health Festival is about creating a space where healthcare moonshots begin and transformation happens,” said Unity Stoakes, co-founder of StartUp Health. “We’ve curated two days of experiences with the only price of admission being your participation and commitment to supporting the ecosystem of innovators passionate about transforming healthcare.”

The StartUp Health Festival will include a dealmaking salon in the StartUp Health Café and VIP tables for Healthcare Transformers to meet with investors. There will be intimate Fireside Chats with a dozen healthcare leaders, private investor network access sessions scheduled for StartUp Health companies, and a Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness Lounge featuring Zeel Massages to escape the non-stop networking. The Festival will be streamed live at via Periscope.

athenahealth® + StartUp Health to Co-Host Startup Showcase
The Festival will end on the eve of Tuesday January 12 with a joint Startup Showcase co-hosted with athenahealth’s More Disruption Please program (MDP). The showcase will feature 59-Second Pitches from a pre-selected group of MDP and StartUp Health companies in front of an audience of over 200 healthcare investors. The showcase will be followed by rooftop cocktails and a Fireside Chat with Bill Draper and Jonathan Bush on the topic of Draper’s book, The Startup Game. RSVP for the Showcase at

The Digital Health sector and early-stage investment in healthcare startups has been growing significantly since 2010 according to an early look at the 2015 year-end StartUp Health Insights Report. The report shows more than $5.8 Billion invested in 2015 in 477 startups, up from $1.1 Billion and 150 startups in 2010. With 6 digital health IPO’s in 2015, the market continues to mature ushering in a new generation of growth companies.

The StartUp Health Festival sponsors include athenahealth, California HealthCare Foundation, DLA Piper, Genentech, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness and Zeel. To learn more visit If your organization would like to get involved, contact us here.

About StartUp Health
StartUp Health is a global health innovation company. The StartUp Health Platform, including its Academy, Network and Innovation Fund, is empowering a global network of entrepreneurs and innovators to transform healthcare. With more than 120 companies, StartUp Health has the world’s largest portfolio of digital health companies from 11 countries and 55 cities. StartUp Health was founded in 2011 by Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes and is chaired by former Time Warner CEO, Jerry Levin. StartUp Health’s notable strategic partners and investors include AARP, AON, Aurora Health Care, California Healthcare Foundation, Steve Case, Cleveland Clinic, Conifer Health Solutions, Mark Cuban, Esther Dyson, Roger Ehrenberg, Brad Feld, GE Ventures, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, SeventySix Capital and Stericycle. Learn more at

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