If I was starting a new relationship column, I’d say check out the relationship model of Sprint Accelerator Powered by TechStars. These are relationships designed – “To Do More Faster!”
Of course, I’m referring to business relationships, and specifically, the mobile health apps that were part of the Kansas City Demo Day held on Thursday, 6 June at the Kaufmann Center in downtown Kansas City, Mo. Mobile health companies swam with KC’s not so snarky sharks, friends and onlookers.
The star power of these techstartups was previewed in the hugely sunlit Kaufmann atrium before the demo. Inside the darkened auditorium there was plenty of laughter, cheers, shout outs, high fives, success and profitability selfied onstage and off by evening’s end.
“One CEO turned down a Fulbright fellowship,” another company is “bringing mobile solutions to children suffering with asthma,” and a third is “empowering people with disabilities,” said Hesse.
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse, opened the evening with props to the range of personal passions of the 10 companies demoing at the event. “One CEO turned down a Fulbright fellowship,” another company is “bringing mobile solutions to children suffering with asthma,” and a third is “empowering people with disabilities,” said Hesse.
The Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars is a world class former startup with the “crazy idea, … to help support startups and create a better way to commercialize technology. Today the company funds and supports nearly 150 companies every year,” said David Cohen, (http://www.techstars.com/tv/) through mentoring, networking and investor funding.
Cohen, David Brown and Brad Feld, the jeans and plaid shirt bandito-esque (plaidito) founders of Techstar in 2007, prepped the #tsdemoday crowd. Texas native Feld, now living in Colorado, joked with the 1700+ audience as being “comfortable” with KC’s entrepreneurial legacy, Ewing Kaufmann’s startup spirit of selling pharmaceuticals (“drugs”) out of his basement.
“The KC spirit is alive … Even “Sprint has learned how to be a better business,” – Kevin McGinnis
Now based in Boulder, CO, Feld took to KC so much, he bought a house in the KC Start Up Village, and later donated it to one of the Techstars companies. “High growth entrepreneur vs starting and scaling,” said Felds, is proven by the success of Techstars’ globally and KC’s first graduation class, the Mobile Health Class of 2014.
Ten Tech startup CEOs and their companies were chosen from hundreds of applicants and brought from their homes in Utah, San Francisco, and elsewhere, to work in Kansas City from March to June to fine tune, launch and fly their businesses in 90 days. The Techstars mantra is “To Do More Faster, ” and it has proven to be seductively successful.
Kevin McGinnis, Pinsight Media VP, Sprint veteran of 18 years, KU alumni and Techstar mentor said, “The KC spirit is alive,” and Google Fiber, KC Startup Village, Digital Sandbox and Kaufmann Labs are a few of the organizations giving “unflinching support” to KC’s entrepreneurial community.
“(It) doesn’t matter where your are on the political spectrum, the Healthcare system is broken,”… all the more reason for companies “to look for ways to improve the way and environment for which healthcare is delivered,” – David Brown
Even “Sprint has learned how to be a better business,” said McGinnis, who selfied the win-win demo with the Techstar plaiditos along with 1700+ friends, investors and startups in the backdrop (and my photo bomb attempt from the front row).
Techstar President, co-founder, serial and healthcare entrepreneur David Brown described a vertically profitable mobile healthcare market. “(It) doesn’t matter where your are on the political spectrum, the Healthcare system is broken,” said Brown. This was all the more reason for companies “to look for ways to improve the way and environment for which healthcare is delivered,” he said.
The Mobile Health Class of 2014 demoed a wide range of mobile apps to WOW the crowd, attract investors and provide services for their already growing businesses. No matter what your taste in mobile healthcare applications, Sprint and Techstars brings tech starring business options to light up the relationship. For now, I’ll keep my list of likes to myself.
- Mobile Health Class of 2014
- Check out Bobby Burch’s articles and photos from the event at the Kansas City Business Journal:
“I knew Kansas Citians backed the Teshstars-led accelerator, but I was overwhelmed by the spectacle of support. People clamored to talk with the teams, not only to learn about their product or service, but to just say “good job” or to offer a pat on the back. Others handed out business cards, insisting they give ‘em a call.” – Bobby Burch, KCBJ