What to know about Medical Alley Starts from the Medical Alley Association (MAA):

  • Frank Jaskulke, MAA Vice President of Intelligence

    Medical Alley Starts is an effort by the MAA to, “identify the greatest challenges and ecosystem gaps and put services in place to address them in a coordinated manner.”

  • Frank Jaskulke, Vice President of Intelligence for the MAA, will lead the new initiative
  • The Medical Alley Starts advisory committee includes MAA Directors Jodi Hubler, Kyle Rolfing, Nicole Walker, and Lee Jones
  • Additional committee members include:
    • Joe Connolly, Founder/CEO, Visana Health
    • Morgan Clyburn, Managing Director, Highland Circle Innovations
    • James Kent, CEO, Amplio Rx
    • Pam York, Founding General Partner and Managing Director, Capita3
  • To start, the initiative will offer the following (from the MAA release):
    • A Global Investor & Corporate Partner Network: Connecting Medical Alley startups to investors and corporate leaders from around the world
    • A Global Referral Network: Rapid access to critical resources such as suppliers, consultants, and talent
    • The Global Epicenter Campaign: Connection to MAA’s national branding campaign to position Medical Alley as The Global Epicenter of Health Innovation and Care™

The Quote: Kyle Rolfing, MAA board member and contributor to the formation of Medical Alley Starts

“Medical Alley has all the components to be the Silicon Valley of Healthcare – and better – but the support of our early-stage ecosystem has been fragmented. Entrepreneurs have a strong understanding of the ecosystem’s needs but are consumed by the many challenges of building their business. MAA has heard from us and committed the resources to build the infrastructure necessary to remove barriers and deliver the right support.”

For more information about the initiative, read the full release below.

The Medical Alley Association (MAA) has launched Medical Alley Starts, a focused initiative and suite of services targeted at the acceleration of healthcare startup formation and growth in Minnesota’s Medical Alley, The Global Epicenter of Health Innovation and Care™.

Medical Alley Starts is the product of more than a year of work, convening leading entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate innovators, to identify the greatest challenges and ecosystem gaps and put services in place to address them in a coordinated manner. Medical Alley Starts will leverage existing MAA efforts, as well as those being led by partners, in addition to the new service offerings.

“Medical Alley has all the components to be the Silicon Valley of Healthcare – and better – but the support of our early-stage ecosystem has been fragmented,” said Kyle Rolfing, serial entrepreneur, MAA board member, and contributor to the formation of Medical Alley Starts. “Entrepreneurs have a strong understanding of the ecosystem’s needs but are consumed by the many challenges of building their business. MAA has heard from us and committed the resources to build the infrastructure necessary to remove barriers and deliver the right support.”

Frank Jaskulke, MAA Vice President of Intelligence will lead Medical Alley Starts. “Frank has been a leader within our entrepreneurial ecosystem for years,” said Steffen Hovard, MAA Interim President & CEO. “He listens to what entrepreneurs need, has the support of an outstanding advisory committee, and the resources of MAA behind this effort. We’re excited to make this commitment.”

Medical Alley Starts will receive support from an advisory committee of experienced entrepreneurial leaders, including MAA Directors Jodi Hubler, Kyle Rolfing, Nicole Walker, and Lee Jones (https://medicalalley.org/board-of-directors). Additional advisory committee members include:

  • Joe Connolly, Founder/CEO, Visana Health
  • Morgan Clyburn, Managing Director, Highland Circle Innovations
  • James Kent, CEO, Amplio Rx
  • Pam York, Founding General Partner and Managing Director, Capita3

Medical Alley Starts will debut with the following offerings:

  • A Global Investor & Corporate Partner Network:Connecting Medical Alley startups to investors and corporate leaders from around the world.
  • AGlobal Referral Network: Rapid access to critical resources such as suppliers, consultants, and talent.
  • The Global Epicenter Campaign: Connection to MAA’s national branding campaign to position Medical Alley as The Global Epicenter of Health Innovation and Care™.