Techstars Is Launching Another Accelerator In Minneapolis, Now With UnitedHealthcare

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“Techstars, the worldwide network that helps entrepreneurs succeed, and UnitedHealthcare, a leading health care company, today announced the UnitedHealthcare Accelerator Powered by Techstars. This new mentorship-driven accelerator will be based in Minneapolis, launching in September 2019. UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group, a diversified health care company ranked fifth on the Fortune 500.”

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Minneapolis’ YouSurance Is Betting Big On Algorithms…To Pinpoint When You Will Die

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GWG Holdings / YouSurance CEO Jon Sabes at Minneapolis HQ

 
The secondary insurance marketplace isn’t exactly top of mind when it comes to technology, though that could be changing this year for GWG Holdings – the parent company of a new brand division called YouSurance that’s operated by CEO Job Sabes.

“We’re on a mission to strap life insurance to a rocket ship and launch it into the future,” he says of their cause, without any hesitation or concern for Minnesota’s typical business conservatism. For Sabes and company, this mission transcends their humble Minneapolis headquarters with big risks and rewards at for everyone involved.

Because if they can better predict your mortality, then they stand to make billions of dollars in the process.

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Gravie Hires Former Ceridian, Best Buy Exec Charles Marentette As CFO

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“MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Gravie, a company that’s been reinventing health benefits since 2013, announced today that Charles Marentette has joined the team as Chief Financial Officer.

Marentette is an accomplished executive with over 20 years of diverse experience spanning multiple disciplines in various industries. He has a proven track record in driving outcomes and leading high-impact teams. Prior to joining Gravie, Marentette served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Walser Automotive Group in Minneapolis. Additionally, he has significant senior executive experience at Ceridian and Best Buy.”

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Can St. Paul Startup Ativa Succeed Where Theranos Failed?

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“A flash of sparkles appears as an industrial-grade laser unleashes a blast of energy, precisely manufacturing channels in laminated tape for a medical device component.

Someday, a laser-cut strip of tape almost exactly like this could be used in a tabletop analyzer at a clinic to count your blood cells or check your urine for signs of infection, executives at St. Paul medical device startup Ativa Medical say.”

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Local ML / AI Startup CoreBiome Scooped Up By OraSure

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Newly Launched CoreBiome Touts Microbiome ‘Profiling’ ServicesVia News Release

“Today, the University of Minnesota announced that its 2017 start-up company CoreBiome Inc. was acquired by OraSure Technologies, Inc., a leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of point-of-care diagnostic and collection devices to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. The transaction is expected to close in the next week.”

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