Connecting Florida’s Health Care Ecosystem | Road Trip Across the State!

Posted on Apr 30th 2013 by

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Healthbox and Florida Blue are embarking on a road trip across the state this week to inform health care industry professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs about our Florida accelerator program launching at the end of July. Starting in Orlando then moving to Tampa and ending in Jacksonville, we are beginning our grassroots approach to unlock health care innovation across Florida.  We support new technology-based solutions with the power to tackle health care’s largest challenges. Healthbox has a dual mission to empower Florida’s health care entrepreneurs, and to ignite the state’s health care ecosystem connecting the geographically diverse hubs of health care innovation. Florida possesses abundant opportunities for entrepreneurs entering the health care space. In addition to the 16 Fortune 500 companies based in Florida, there are also several health care industry resources available for entrepreneurs to tap into.  Florida is home to over 200 hospitals of which 11 are teaching hospitals, four medical school, and leading health and life science employers like Mayo Clinic, Scripps, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Availity, and Biomet. Six hundred and sixty five thousand people are working in the health care industry making it one of Florida’s largest employment sectors. The entrepreneurial spirit is growing throughout Florida. The state has been ranked as one of the top 10 most entrepreneurial states by the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship, as well as recently listed as the most innovative state by Fast Company. This combination of factors provides the necessary foundation for a company to build momentum and penetrate a complex industry successfully. If you’re interested in learning more about what Florida has to offer health care entrepreneurs and what health care entrepreneurs have to offer Florida come join us at one of the below networking events! We can also answer questions you have about Healthbox and how to apply or get involved. If you can’t attend one of our networking events listed below, please join the conversation and follow our journey on Twitter by following @health_box and @FLBlue using the hashtag #HBXFL. You can also visit our events page for updates on additional networking events in the coming months. We hope to see you there! Florida Networking Events May 1 - Orlando, Florida 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Rollins College: Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship Galloway Room, Mills Memorial Building 1000 Holt Ave. -2722 Winter Park, Florida 32789 May 2 - Tampa, Florida 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Wave, FirstWaVE Venture Center 400 N. Ashley Drive, 2nd FL Tampa, FL 33602 May 3 - Jacksonville, Florida 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. CoWork Jax 5 W. Forsyth Street #200 Jacksonville, FL 32202

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