Let's just agree that we're all tired of hearing that the U.S. healthcare system is broken. We all have to live with it, so it's not like we can just throw out the American system and adopt, say, Canada's. Thankfully, though, there are still plenty of optimists among us: creative, innovative, and intrepid people—many of them young adults—who think that we can do something to make the healthcare system better and also improve the health and well-being of millions of Americans.
"There is a worldwide revolution going on in healthcare innovation, with more ideas than could ever be funded by angel investors, venture capitalists, grants or companies," says Alex Fair, cofounder of MedStartr, a new crowdfunding platform for health- and healthcare-related ideas and businesses. These, says Fair, are "ideas that serve the most important people in healthcare, who have no say in what innovations come to market"—in other words, the average patient and consumer.
If you're one of these entrepreneurial innovators with a great idea to make health or healthcare better, chances are good you could use a little money to make your idea a reality, right? Fortunately, there have never been more resources to help you raise some cash. In specific, there are a growing number of "incubators" and "accelerators" (the terms are often used interchangeably to mean platforms that aim to nurture viable businesses and speed them along the path to profitability and success) that are specifically focused on finding, mentoring, and funding health startups. Here are six you need to know about.
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