Hartford, 11 February, 2020 – Shortly after 8:00 PM, as confetti floated to the stage at the Bushnell Performing Arts Center, the on-stage portion of Digital Health CT’s “VeloCITY” themed Demo Day came to an end. After 12+ weeks of intense work and collaboration, our first cohort of 10 MedTech startups could take a moment to celebrate their accomplishments on stage in front of more than 500 in-person attendees and roughly 200 live stream viewers.
That one moment was all the time that they could afford to celebrate.
Within minutes, each of the startups was re-situated at their own booth, networking the night away among the crowd. We would go on to label Demo Day a success, but we weren’t there quite yet. There was still work to be done.
Once doors closed at 9:30 PM, each of us – startups and members of the Digital Health CT team alike – finally took a breath. We were proud of what we had accomplished. We took the time to let it sink in, knowing that Tuesday morning, just a few hours away, would bring us back to 7:00 AM investor calls and team syncs.
We should take a moment to thank our amazing partners throughout this journey: Hartford HealthCare, Trinity College, the UConn School of Business, and Launc[H]artford.
Michelle Cote, Director of Launc[H]artford, sums it up well: “the program’s partners, including Hartford HealthCare, Trinity, and UConn, have brought incredible value to the startups in the program. Hartford’s reputation as a center of innovation is certainly growing quickly, and programs like Digital Health CT help provide us with even more velocity towards our goal of becoming the best place to launch or grow a business on the east coast.”
Barry Stein, a physician and Chief of Clinical Innovation at Hartford HealthCare, summed up the previous twelve weeks incredibly well: “Together, we are helping to move health care forward, bringing together incredible ideas and technologies to life.”
The involvement of dozens of Hartford HealthCare mentors throughout the program (many of whom are practicing physicians) provided our cohort with otherwise inaccessible opportunities to connect with the end users of their products and services.
Joanne Berger-Sweeney, President of Trinity College said, “Demo Day was an inspiring day for Hartford and our digital health team, which includes Hartford Healthcare where I am a proud member of the Board of Directors… I look forward to our ongoing partnership and expanded opportunities for our students and faculty to contribute to Hartford’s growth as a national hub for innovation and entrepreneurship.”
Cheers, until next time.