A new for-profit “collaborative innovation center” for startups, middle market and large healthcare providers to physically intersect is opening in Minneapolis this fall.
Their ultimate goal is to bring 10-15 health tech startups in for 6 months to 2 years time, providing access to funding, mentorship and industry connections.
“We’re going to involve the big and small,” says Tree House Chairman John Blank, a retired health care exec turned angel investor. Together with son JD, they operate local fund Dalmore Investments, which puts between $100-$200k into early stage startups.
Their 13,000 square feet in Loring Park is the host of today’s first Healthcare.MN demo conference, where roughly 100 stakeholders from the health care industry are gathered today to network and watch seven startups pitch.
“Half our space is heads down get your work done, the other half is going to be collaborative and social,” he says of their layout, which intends to open doors officially on October 17th.