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University of Kansas Medical Center teams with Sprint’s business accelerator

An onstage celebration capped the Sprint accelerator companies’ June 12 presentations to investors at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.
An onstage celebration capped the Sprint accelerator companies’ June 12 presentations to investors at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The Kansas City Star

The University of Kansas Medical Center has teamed with the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator for the 2015 business startup program.

KU Medical Center will give companies that take part in the accelerator program access to mentors from its many fields of expertise.

Sprint’s accelerator, run by Colorado-based Techstars, brings 10 young companies to Kansas City for an intensive three-month push to advance their products and services to market. Each receives up to $120,000 in equity financing through the program, which ends with a presentation to possible investors.

Each of the accelerator companies focuses on some combination of health care and mobile technology.

“One of the primary reasons Sprint chose health care for our program was the expertise available right here in the region,” Kevin McGinnis, vice president at Pinsight Media+, a subsidiary of Sprint, said in an announcement.

Access to the medical center offers each company help in making health care more readily available.

“We are pleased to work with Techstars to provide early stage input and guidance related to our expertise in health care education, research and patient care,” said Douglas Girod, the center’s executive vice chancellor. “Through this collaboration, we can help mobile health startups with innovative solutions to industrywide problems.”

The accelerator’s 2015 program will run from March 9 to June 4. Applications were due Dec. 14.

To reach Mark Davis, call 816-234-4372 or send email to mdavis@kcstar.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter at mdkcstar.

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