By Rebecca Coelius

Rock Health, the digital health seed accelerator in San Francisco, has partnered with the Kauffman foundation to disseminate information critical to health startups.

Through the support of the Kauffman Foundation, everyone can now take advantage of Rock Health’s ongoing workshops spanning issues relevant to all digital health startups, such as fundraising, HIPAA compliance, and building effective user interfaces. These sessions, led by digital health luminaries and other experts, will be filmed and published online in a new Startup Elements series, with five videos immediately available. Coverage of a new workshop will be released weekly through June. The Rock Health Resources page also remains a great starting point for would-be entrepreneurs or those interested in digital health, including a start-up index previously covered by iMedicalApps.

There are many big and complicated problems out there to be solved in health and medicine, but thankfully there is a massive amount of domain knowledge and experience to be leveraged in the pursuit. We did notice an absence of patient and health care provider expertise in the currently available Startup Elements videos. We hope this hole will soon be filled given what key but often missing insights individuals like these can provide for young start ups if they don’t otherwise have personal experiences or professional connections within the health care system.

Rebecca Coelius is a fourth year medical student at the University of California San Francisco. Follow her on Twitter @RebeccaCoelius



SAN FRANCISCO, March 20th, 2012 – Rock Health, the first startup accelerator focused on the health space, will soon be making its curriculum available and free to entrepreneurs outside its exclusive program. Through the support of the Kauffman Foundation, weekly workshops that were previously closed to Rock Health program participants will be recorded, edited, and published online in the Startup Elements series. Curriculum topics span business and healthcare startup issues, from fundraising to HIPAA compliance to persuasive UI.

The first five videos are now available, with a new video being released each week through June. “Rock Health has put together an impressive and effective curriculum led by experts in the space. We’re excited to underwrite this initiative to open this program to more entrepreneurs,” says Dominique Pahud, Director of Advancing Innovation at the Kauffman Foundation.

“Rock Health’s core mission is to educate and recruit entrepreneurs and experts across tech, corporate, investment and medicine to create successful companies and major change in the healthcare system. We’re excited that the Kauffman Foundation is partnering with us on this initiative, and look forward to sharing our program with the entrepreneurial community at large,” says Halle Tecco, CEO of Rock Health.

Videos will be available at and

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About Kauffman Foundation

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private, nonpartisan foundation that works with partners to advance entrepreneurship in America and improve the education of children and youth. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.

About Rock Health

Rock Health is a seed accelerator that challenges developers and entrepreneurs to address issues in health and wellness through consumer web and mobile technologies. Founded in 2011, it provides early stage funding and strategic support as well as mentorship and office space to new companies. The incubator is backed by Aberdare Ventures, Accel Partners, the California HealthCare Foundation, Fenwick & West, Microsoft HealthVault, Mohr Davidow Ventures, NEA, Nike, and Qualcomm and is in partnership with the Mayo Clinic and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. For more information, or to apply, visit

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