Local startup Perk Health closes first enterprise customer

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Perk HealthMinneapolis health tech startup Perk Health has converted its first paying customer — a big deal for any startup, especially business-to-business where the sales cycle is longer and harder.

Perk Health is the creator of a web and mobile application that systematically designed to get more employees physically active through an unprecedented level of personalization.

After a four month pilot, Perk’s tool has been fully adopted by health insurer Ucare for internal usage and will be rolling out to all 800+ employees by Jan 1.

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Minnesota’s first Health tech demo conference nears

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HealthcaremnThe inaugural Healthcare.MN Demo Conference is fast approaching on Saturday, September 7th in Minneapolis.

Up to 150 attendees — entrepreneurs, executives, investors — will gather at TreeHouse Health that morning to network and connect around seven local health tech demo’s.

“This is going to be our biggest event yet,” says Pete Kane, a founding member of the emerging entrepreneurial group, who picked the following seven startups based on merit and timing:

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Minneapolis startup bets on virtual personal training

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Perk HealthHealthcare is clearly a hot-button topic in our country today and sure to be among the most heavily debated throughout upcoming election cycle. Yet, for all the hand-wringing over ways to cover and cut costs associated with the industry, many people believe that the biggest key to alleviating our healthcare crisis is focusing more on preventative measures.

You can count local tech entrepreneurs Zach McGill and Doug DeBold among those people. The two recent college grads — McGill from the University of Minnesota and DeBold from Middlebury College in Vermont — have been formulating an online fitness service directed at small and medium sized companies that are self-insured.

Currently in alpha stage, Perk Health will offer a web-based application turned mobile virtual personal trainer named โ€˜Kevinโ€™ that produces customized workout programs for employees with the goal of creating healthier habits and lowering healthcare costs through improved overall fitness.

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Minnesota Cup announces three High Tech division finalists

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Minnesota Cup 2012 division finalists
Judges from the Minnesota Cup statewide business plan competition have recently trimmed a list of 11 semi-finalists down to to three finalists within the ultra competitive High Tech division.

These three startups are now vying for the division crown on August 28th; a $25k cash prize, host of supporting services, visibility, and maybe even some Minnesota style bragging rights are all up for grabs.

From there, the division winner will compete amongst the other five divisions for the overall grand prize on September 6th, which includes an additional $40k non-dilutive cash.

 

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