Startup Chile (@startupchile) is a program created by the Chilean government, executed by Corfo via InnovaChile, that seeks to attract early stage, high-potential entrepreneurs to bootstrap their startups in Chile.
Companies must be less than two years old to be eligible for the program, and it requires that at least one of the original founders represent the company for the duration of the program, which consists of a minimum of six-months spent in country over a one-year visa period.
Startups receive $40,000US in equity-free capital to spend during the time spent in Chile, as well as access to a national network of support institutions including the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
All Startup Chile entrepreneurs are measured during their time in the program by various indicators including participation in local events, presenting workshops on their particular expertise, raising local or international capital, and contracting talent.
The program recently announced 105 new companies for their 2013 class, eight of which I would consider digital health startups. Descriptions of the ten companies taken from the Startup Chile website are listed below along with a video describing the program.
MedKo: Smarter Medical TravelTripAdvisor for the most important thing, your personal health.
Medesen: Medicine as a ServiceMedicine is a predictive analytics engine for proactive medical diagnosis and medicine recommendations via an online pharmacy. It is commercializing a new protocol for medicine diagnosis and dispensing.
WINNING DIABETICS™: is an online resource for the global diabetic population, based on practical, healthy food/fitness solutions for diabetes management. The company is developing the first multilingual social network for diabetics, to correspond with ‘WINNING DIABETICS™ 3-Point mHealth Action Plan, as well as a diabetes management program for iPhones, Android smartphones and computers.
Med Sensation: firmly believes in the importance of human touch as component of medical diagnosis. The company provides a way for developing medical technologies to seamlessly integrate with the timeless physician-patient relationship. Their first product is a Glove Tricorder, which will eventually allow automatic illnesses diagnosing.
InnSania: is a company that thinks, co-creates, develops and implements sanitation solutions from a sustainable approach. Aware of the permanent sanitary emergency in which thousands of millions live today, the first development is BIS, a bathroom module that provides health, dignity and self-sufficiency through the reuse of water and waste.
Medic Trace: A medical worldwide network, that enhances the search for health care and the business opportunities of health care professionals in one single web-based solution.
Helena App: Personal digital accessible assistant for those with blindness.
Health Assist: is a online/mobile platform for HR mangers that gamifies health and wellness for corporate employees and rewards them for for staying fit.