Today, M-1 Ventures announced the five startups selected to participate in an intense 16-week program in Baltimore designed to set emerging businesses in the connected health and fitness industry on a fast track to success. This accelerator program operates with the support of Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures, Plank Industries, the University of Maryland (through UM Ventures), Brown Advisory and the Abell Foundation.
Each member of M-1 Ventures’ cohort has an innovative technology that ultimately empowers people to get healthy, stay healthy and achieve wellness goals or one that improves patient and financial outcomes and the efficiency of health care providers.
“The startups in M-1 Ventures’ first-ever cohort each have an ambitious and innovative solution to a health and wellness issue, the talent and passion to accelerate their development, and the capability to leverage the resources that our accelerator provides,” says Tony D’Agostino, a co-director of M-1 Ventures along with Paul Singh. “We believe support from M-1 Ventures will help startups build on the traction they have already established and reach their potential.”
M-1 Ventures—which is receiving additional support from the Maryland Department of Commerce and Village Capital Communities—kicked off on September 5 and features the following startups:
- BurnAlong – Online video fitness and wellness platform that enables people to work out with top instructors across the country and their friends
- b.Well – Online platform that puts consumers at the center of their health care by simplifying access to health data, insurance and on-demand health services
- EduMD – MileMarker™ is an on-the-job, real-time assessment software for surgical training
- MotionVibe – App designed to maximize fitness outcomes by connecting users with a community of fitness consumers and professionals
- RoundTrip – Online platform that connects hospitals and patients with on-demand, non-emergency medical transportation
“We are excited to join such a prestigious group of experienced entrepreneurs, investors and health care organizations,” says Angela Damiano, the corporate administrator of RoundTrip, a startup based in Philadelphia. “The Baltimore area has incredible voices in health innovation, and we at RoundTrip can’t wait to be a part of it. With M-1 Ventures’ help, we know RoundTrip can improve access to transportation for patients and care coordinators in Baltimore and beyond.”