Interview with 2008 Minnesota Cup Student Division Winner Zipnosis


St. Paul-based startup Zipnosis allows for the diagnosis and treatment of minor health problems using a computer or smartphone 24/7.  After completing a one-minute ‘zip’, patients receive their online diagnosis and prescription for $25 (less than the average co-pay, minus the inconvenience).

“Zipnosis is a fundamental and sustainable shift in how we think about healthcare,” says co founder and CEO Jon Pearce.

Pearce co founded the startup in 2008 while in grad school at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.  Later that year, Zipnosis would proceed to enter and win the Student Division Minnesota Cup.

So far, Zipnosis has raised “a little over a million dollars,” and just this week announced the beginning of a national expansion strategy.

“I initially thought that the Minnesota Cup would be a distraction,” he reflects, “when actually, it was the best business decisions we’ve ever made.” Applicants have until 11:59pm on May 20th to submit their three-page business plan summary.