TreeHouse Health Announces Four New Partners

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Expanding its Ecosystem to Support a Growing List of Portfolio Companies

TreeHouse Health, an innovation center and launchpad for emerging healthcare companies, today announced it has formed partnerships with four professional services firms to further its mission of helping emerging companies gain customers and grow their businesses by providing support in the form of expertise, investment, space, networks, and professional services.

The initial partner companies being announced today are:

  • AVL Growth Partners (, a finance and accounting advisory firm for emerging and high-growth companies, with offices in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Boulder CO
  • Wipfli LLP (, the Minneapolis office of a national CPA and consulting firm with significant resources, yet offering the personal service of a small firm
  • Halleland Habicht PA (, a Minneapolis-based business law firm that offers a full spectrum of law, consulting, and policy services all under one roof for a unified strategy
  • Christensen Fonder PA (, a Minneapolis-based firm providing legal services in U.S. and international intellectual property law, with a hands-on approach to protecting IP assets

“We’re excited to add these four service provider partners to our growing ecosystem, which allows us to provide unmatched resources and business development opportunities to the portfolio companies that are locating in our facility,” said JD Blank, managing director of TreeHouse Health. Four emerging startups are already located there, with more to be named. “In addition to exposure to industry leaders, investors, potential customers, and potential strategic partners, our portfolio companies receive a modest investment with the potential for significantly more, as well as dedicated office space for a timeline tailored to their individual goals,” Blank said.

TreeHouse Partners Comment:

"AVL Growth Partners is committed to building a strong entrepreneurial community in the Twin Cities. We’re proud to partner with TreeHouse Health to provide tomorrow's great Minnesota companies with the resources they need during their formative stages of development and growth,” said Rick Nordvold, Partner, AVL Growth Partners.

“As a CPA and consulting firm with many decades of experience serving Minnesota’s companies, Wipfli is pleased to partner with TreeHouse Health to help Minnesota’s emerging companies to face today’s challenges and to plan for tomorrow’s success,” said Chuck Palmer, Managing Director of Wipfli’s Minnesota Region.

“Halleland Habicht is proud to partner with TreeHouse Health to help tomorrow’s great Minnesota companies access resources they need during their formative stages of development and growth by providing legal advice in the areas of healthcare, corporate, tax, and employment law,” said Paul Quast, Attorney, Halleland Habicht.

“All of us at Christensen Fonder are excited about this opportunity to support the portfolio companies of TreeHouse Health in identifying and protecting their existing intellectual property assets, and to help them develop strategies for leveraging intellectual property to achieve their business objectives,” said John Fonder, Partner, Christensen Fonder.

Service provider partners each hold regular office hours at TreeHouse, where they are available to answer questions and serve as a resource to the portfolio companies. Each of the service provider partners also will be hosting forums at TreeHouse, with the first such event being held this month.

Upcoming Event
TreeHouse Health will be holding its first event featuring presentations from two of its partner firms on Tuesday, June 24, from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at its facility at 1635 Hennepin Avenue in Minneapolis. Professionals from Halleland Habicht and Wipfli will lead discussions on business formation and employment issues for startups. Online registration for this free event, open to the entire startup community, is accessible here: It will include refreshments and networking time.

Managing Director Blank noted that opportunities are available for service providers in other areas of expertise to become TreeHouse partners, and that he expects to make such announcements soon.

About TreeHouse Health LLC
Launched in October 2013, TreeHouse Health is a Minneapolis-based innovation center supporting entrepreneurial growth for both large and emerging healthcare companies. It is specifically focused in healthcare IT and care coordination, and aims to support the growth of emerging companies while also making it easier for large companies to innovate. Key to its success is understanding that every organization, large and small, has its own unique set of goals, challenges, and needs relating to innovation. For more information, please visit Follow the company at

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