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Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator

Gives Medical Tech Firms A Leg Up

The Baltimore resident recalls feeling sick but unsure whether it was food poisoning or a stomach virus. So he looked around on Facebook.

Sure enough. His friend in nearby Washington, D.C., had the same symptoms.

“That’s when it occurred to me — what I was doing could be done on a much larger scale,” Dodge said.

Sickweather was born.

Dodge’s website and mobile app produce localized maps of sickness outbreaks by tapping into the chatter on social media. In real time, they track everything from flu to pink eye and from strep throat to chicken pox.

Last week, Sickweather moved to Kansas City. For the next three months it will operate alongside nine other startups at the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator at 210 W. 19th Terrace.

These 10 specially chosen fledglings will gain up to $120,000 in funding, share space, swap ideas, work with experts, pair with mentors and hone their business strategies — all with an eye toward impressing potential financial backers on Demo Day in June.

Sprint launched the business accelerator last September in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District. It paired with Techstars to run the program.

Read the rest at the Kansas City Star >>