Healthbox, a Chicago-based business accelerator for healthcare startups, opened applications to the program, set to begin in January 2012.
Founded by Sandbox Industries Managing Director Nina Nashif, Healthbox is a 3-month program, which will be hosted in a collaborative workspace in Chicago from January to April of next year. It will provide each of the 10 participants with $50k in seed capital and access to a broad group of mentors.
The business accelerator, which was introduced by Sandbox Industries in May, simultaneously launched its website and announced strategic partners among healthcare organizations in the provider, payer, investor and retail spaces, including BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Walgreens, Ridgeview Medical Center, the California HealthCare Foundation, Merrick Ventures, and a investors and entrepreneurs.
Strategic partners will provide Healthbox participants with mentorship, guidance, beta site testing, and access to their broad customer bases.
Applications will remain open on the website (www.healthboxaccelerator.com) for approximately eight weeks. in September and October, Healthbox’ leaders and mentors will host networking events in key cities across the country – including San Francisco, San Diego, Minneapolis, Nashville, Boston, New York City and Chicago – in order to promote the program and encourage applications.
Sandbox Industries is the fund manager for BlueCross BlueShield Venture Fund, a corporate venture fund sponsored by the BlueCross BlueShield Association.