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UCSF Rosenman RISE Connects Healthtech Entrepreneurs With Mentors

The program will help founders and CEOs build skills and advance their technologies.

The UCSF Rosenman Institute recently announced a new program, UCSF Rosenman RISE. The program will connect health technology entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups at the CEO level with mentors and peers who can provide vital support.

The institute, based at the University of California, San Francisco, provides comprehensive support for early-stage healthtech entrepreneurs. “We recognize that founders and leaders who are women, or identify with gender, racial, ethnic or disadvantaged groups, may face difficulties not encountered by others,” said the institute’s director, Christine Winoto.

Providing a level playing field

“The playing field for innovators isn’t level. Not everyone with a great idea who wants to launch or scale a healthtech startup has access to advisors and mentors,” said Sam Glick. Glick is the Global Lead of Oliver Wyman’s Health and Life Sciences practice. “Oliver Wyman is proud to partner with the UCSF Rosenman RISE program. It connects entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds with the resources they need to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all.”

Qualified entrepreneurs will be selected to take part in RISE. This will enable them to access expertise in areas including communications, legal, market access, market development, business strategy and investment. The deadline to apply is February 9, 2022.

“We created RISE to provide founders from underrepresented groups with advice and support. We want to make the launch and scale of their healthtech, digital or other science innovation as successful as possible. Too often important business obstacles go unresolved or opportunities unmet. Founders of color and female founders may not be able to access the same funding or operational expertise as others. We aim to solve this inequity with a dedicated team of Roseman innovators in an ecosystem poised and ready to assist,” said Marc Samuels. Samuels is the CEO of ADVI Health and Co-Chairman of the RISE program.

“We are proud to support this new and important program to advance opportunity for diverse entrepreneurs operating in the health technology sector,” said Genhi Givings Bailey, Perkins Coie’s chief diversity & inclusion officer. “Health technology entrepreneurs and founders should be judged on the innovative ideas and solutions they bring to the marketplace. We believe this significant initiative will help drive positive change across the industry.” Perkins Coie’s Life Sciences & Healthcare Sector is sponsoring the inaugural program.

About the UCSF Rosenman Institute

The UCSF Rosenman Institute is a health technology initiative at the University of California, San Francisco. It is a community of investors, clinicians, payers and technology entrepreneurs who create solutions for unmet clinical needs. Its mission is to drive innovation and education and improve patient care by helping entrepreneurs from concept to commercialization. The UCSF Rosenman Institute does not require UC affiliation to provide support.

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