The newest cohort of the Techstars physical health accelerator has arrived in Fort Worth. Meet two of the companies that are improving the physical, mental and whole health of patients through their innovative startup companies. This episode features Sydney Robinson from Vessl Prosthetics and Lisa Voronkova from ComeBack Mobility.
The Techstars program in Cowtown is pumping up the volume in its second year. After the team reviewed over 3,500 applications — four times more than last year —founders from around the world traveled to Fort Worth for the health-focused accelerator.
A new cohort of companies was announced earlier this week for the second year of the Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator.
"Building on a great first year with stellar founders and companies who have seen great growth since the end of the first cohort, our second class is definitely holding up the tradition of incredible founders and entrepreneurs who are addressing some outstanding problems and opportunities in the world of Physical Health."
What if a prosthetic device could not only restore mobility but also become an integral part of your identity? Join us as we unravel the captivating story behind Vessl, a company that is redefining the possibilities of prosthetics.
Investing in the Next Generation of Canadian Women Tech Entrepreneurs: SheBoot Announces Fourth Cohort
SheBoot, the national non-profit corporation that prepares women founders to pitch their business and secure investment, today announced the 15 Canadian entrepreneurs selected to join its fourth annual cohort. Launching in September, these visionary founders will participate in an intensive six-week bootcamp dedicated to accelerating the growth and success of their technology startup. Building on investment-readiness training, coaching and advisory services, the bootcamp will culminate in a pitch competition where participating entrepreneurs will vie for a total of $300,000 in equity-based investment from 30 women angels.
"People with leg amputations right now, just like if you wear the wrong size pair of shoes. They have a socket that goes on to their leg that often doesn't fit well. And in the same way you get chafing and blisters, amputees experience that with their leg as well,” said Robinson. “The problem is that as their leg is shrinking or swelling from the heat or the cold or what you ate the day before. It doesn't fit inside of that socket that is a rigid bucket for a lack of a better phrase.”
Prosthetics have come a long way in recent years, with advances in technology and materials making them more functional, energy efficient, and aesthetically pleasing than ever before. Yet, despite these advances, poor socket fit remains a critical problem that affects amputees worldwide.
Our co-founders, Oleksiy Zaika and Sydney Robinson, had a chance to share their membership experience at Velocity. Thanks to Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario | Agence fédérale de ... support, we've been able to grow rapidly under Velocity's guidance. Thank you for all your support and mentorship!
Today, 20 companies received non-repayable contributions of $30,000 from TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario, in partnership with Innovation Guelph, through Cohort 2 of the Government of Canada-supported i.d.e.a Fund.
Meet Sydney Robinson, founder of Vessl Prosthetics. Discover how her innovative approach and passion for helping others led her to create cutting-edge prosthetics that are revolutionizing the industry. 🚀 Watch her inspiring story now and learn more about the business here: www.vesslprosthetics.com What inspired you to pursue your innovative ideas? Share your founder story in the comments below! 💭
It’s official! Congratulations to Vessl Prosthetics on winning the grand prize of $50,000 plus in-kind packages from Gowling WLG Hamilton, Shift Health and Megalab Group Inc.! In 2nd place, Reya Health won $20,000 and an in-kind package from Bereskin & Parr LLP, and 3rd place winner, Laetech, was awarded $7,500 with an in-kind package from Ridout & Maybee LLP. In addition, DAZL Innovations won the Quick Pitch Prize!
The Accelerator Centre Announces the Top 50 Companies Moving into Next Phase of its Venture Studio Program
The companies will move into Phase 2 of the AC’s innovative AC:Studio program and receive an additional $30,000 in seed funding from FedDev Ontario, mentorship from the AC’s award-winning mentor team, and tactical supports from industry experts like Uvaro, SnapPea Design, and Conestoga College.
We are so grateful to be a finalist in Spring Activator and HaloHealth's Health Impact Investor Challenge! We are surrounded by incredibly talented companies in the challenge and it is an honour to compete alongside them.
The Seattle Angel Conference is in the 23rd cycle. We gather early startups and new Angel Investors in an hands-on exploration of Angel Investing at the pre-seed level.
Company working with amputees to make ‘a fulfilling life more comfortable.
A Velocity health-technology startup is designing a new kind of self-adjusting socket for prosthetics.
Meet Sydney Robinson, Co-founder of Vessl Prosthetics and one of the newest startups part of our 2023 Launch program! Vessl Prosthetics makes a fulfilling life more comfortable through their automatically adjusting prosthetic socket. Their socket empowers amputees and their champions to overcome obstacles and realize their full potential. Over the next 6 months, Sydney will build connections with angel investors, VCs and industry partners to set the base for fundraising, obtain potential pilots and product feedback, and connect with EIRs at BVZ to refine the business plan
We had an incredible time pitching to The Forum's Odlum Brown Forum Pitch Semi-Finals today! Such a phenomenal group of innovators, we were blown away by everyone's businesses. We look forward to watching where the future takes you! Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who participated in the semi-finals. The caliber of companies and founders was inspiring!
Thank you Health and Rehab Sciences for having me as a keynote speaker at your conference yesterday! It was a great opportunity and I loved meeting so many wonderful researchers in the audience. The theme of Re-evaluating Experiences in Rehab was an exciting topic to cover and it resonates so well with the work we are doing at Vessl Prosthetics!
Meet our latest client, Vessl Prosthetics. Vessl Prosthetics Inc.'s mission is to make a fulfilling life more comfortable. Their first product, the Isoform(TM) transtibial socket, automatically adjusts to changes in residual leg size to provide constant comfortable fit. This socket will help amputees overcome obstacles and realize their full potential.
Entrepreneurship can often seem like lonely a journey - but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, success is often found when a group of individuals come together, combining their personalities and skill sets to pursue a common vision. Company can be integral to launching a company.
Co-Founders, Sydney Robinson and Oleksiy Zaika of Vessl Prosthetics joined us at RESI Boston in September. With an understanding of the value of building relationships early in their fundraising journey, attending RESI made perfect sense. This team made the most of their time at RESI, researching attending investors, strategizing panel attendance, and capitalizing on every learning and networking opportunity that presented itself.
The entrepreneurship community's diversity offers a wealth of different ideas that founders can learn from and lean on, says Sydney Robinson, founder and CEO at Vessl Prosthetics. Hear her thoughts on how to #EmbraceEquity.
Four Velocity startup founders met in Boston in September to attend the RESI Conference. Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) is a conference specifically designed to connect start-ups and early-stage investors and strategic channel partners in the health industry. Before attending, the four companies: Vessl, TAMVOES, Liberum Bio and Kenota Health had extensively prepped with Velocity Health advisor, Moazam Khan, on how to make the most out of the conference.