Urban technology is a broad category and encompasses startups that operate within a number of other more obviously recognizable sectors, including construction tech, IoT, energy efficiency, big data, prop tech and more. It becomes a little easier to understand what urban tech means when you know about who urban tech actually is. With that idea in mind, here are some of the leading voices in this new movement that is transforming the way we live in and interact with cities.
This week's most thought-provoking urban tech content.
Handling and manipulating patient information is critical for health tech startups, but, in dealing with patient medical information, known as protected health information (PHI), startups must be well-versed in how to remain compliant. In this webinar discussion, we will break down the various components of HIPAA, including the privacy rule, the security rule, and the breach notification rule. We will also discuss what HIPAA applies to, the consequences startups can face when health information is wrongfully disclosed, and other issues startups commonly face.
Voiceitt, the Israel-based developer of translation technology for people with speech disabilities, closed $2 million of funding with investors Cahn Capital, Amit Technion, the venture unit of the Technion, Israel’s Institute of Technology, Quake Capital Partners, Dreamit Ventures, Buffalo Angels and a number of individuals.
Urban Tech startups have already started to transform the commercial real estate industry. As new and innovative technologies gain wider adoption among key commercial real estate stakeholders in 2017 and beyond, the industry is poised to experience additional significant changes.
This week's top stories about the biggest challenges facing cities.
Urbanization is a defining process of modern life. More than half of the world’s population now lives in cities, and the number of urban citizens around the world is projected to rise to 66% by 2050. Tech startups will play a critical role in enabling cities to function properly.
Tampa has a lot going for it, not the least of which is the $3B Urban Redevelopment Initiative being led by Strategic Property Partners, a joint venture between Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates’ Cascade Investment. This tremendous undertaking will create up to 9,000,000 square feet of new commercial, residential, entertainment, cultural, and retail space.
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Dreamit UrbanTech was created in partnership with Jeff Vinik and his $3B urban redevelopment of the Tampa waterfront (Forbes: Why Jeff Vinik and Bill Gates are Investing $3B in Tampa). Dreamit CEO Avi Savar and Chief Innovation Officer Steve Barsh sat down for a webinar Q&A with Jeff Vinik about the accelerator, the project in Tampa, and the future of cities. Watch the AMA here.
The startup, which was co-founded by CEO Danny Weissberg and CTO Stas Tiomkin, is a graduate of the DreamIt Health accelerator. Investors in Voiceitt’s seed round include Amit Technion, Dreamit Ventures, Quake Capital, Buffalo Angels, 1,000 Angels and other angels.
Real estate is the most valuable asset in the world. According to Fortune, all of the world’s real estate is worth more than $217,000,000,000. The construction industry employs 6,000,000 people. It also creates close to $1,000,000,000,000 in buildings and structures each year. Take a moment to think about those statistics. They’re mind-blowing. Land and property are extremely valuable. Businesses that develop property and facilitate the exchange of land are also quite profitable. So why are there not more startups disrupting these industries?
Eight breakthrough companies accepted into the 5th year of Dreamit Health. A partnership with Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross has helped to launch companies like BioBots, Biomeme, TowerView Health, Wellth and nearly 75 others.
In health, it has always taken partnerships to communicate with and serve an audience in a meaningful way; businesses of all sorts have long been a mash-up of skills in art and a host of sciences. That hasn’t changed. Partnerships can often be arrangements of conformity: acquisitions or vendor relationships crafted to help validate the version of the story the entity in the catbird seat has chosen. These only help strengthen the forces governing the gravitational pull of the familiar.
Tine Health uses just-in-time education to reduce preventable medical errors, saving both lives and money. Read a profile of the Dreamit Health company.
NarrativeDx, an Austin-based health IT startup that developed a way to analyze patient feedback and visualize that information, has closed a Series A round. The startup was part of Dreamit 2014, along with BioBots, Tissue Analytics, RegDesk and TowerView Health.
Kaizen has partnered with Lyft to get patients to healthcare providers cheaply, reducing patient discharge times and missed or late appointments for providers.
Every year 3.6 million Americans miss or delay medical treatment due to a lack of transportation, and every year missed appointments cost our country $150B. Mindi Knebel discovered this problem when, over the course of a month, both sides of her family in rural Iowa and in urban Chicago were unable to find affordable, reliable transportation to access healthcare.
When creating a marketing campaign or ad set, asking the question “What’s Powerful Now?” is critical. As a startup, you must deliver value dynamically for users in the moment they seek your service, and you must harness the rapid pace of behavioral change in today’s health journeys.
Health tech funding news, stories, and policy updates.
One of the common themes coming out of the awards shows these days is that marketing to Healthcare Professionals (HCPs) just isn’t cutting it from a creative point of view. All too often, we hear that no trophy was given within the HCP categories. But why is this area of health marketing so under-served when it comes to ideas and innovation. Graham Mills of Digitas Health explains.