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Report: MATTER startups raised $1.26B since 2015, saw 64% more revenue in 2019

February 12, 2020

An overview of our community’s major moments as MATTER enters its sixth year

A lot can happen in five years.

On February 13, 2015, MATTER’s doors opened for the first time with a handful of corporate partners and startup companies, a few programs and a thesis: that collaboration between entrepreneurs and industry leaders is the fastest, most effective way to accelerate innovation, advance car…

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The startup journey: How Clearstep found focus through the Health Tech Venture Challenge

August 14, 2019

Last fall marked the beginning of the first-ever Health Tech Venture Challenge: a joint initiative of MATTER and Advocate Aurora Health that called on health technology startups to submit novel solutions capable of improving the primary care experience for patients and their providers.

In December, Advocate Aurora Health found their winner in Clearstep (formerly Lytic), a digital health startu…

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Mentors prepare Canadian companies to launch in the U.S.

April 10, 2019

Starting a company is never easy. Starting a healthcare company adds even more complexity. But starting a healthcare company and launching it in a country with a completely different healthcare system?

The possibility of failure far outweighs the possibility of success.

For the past four years, MATTER has worked in collaboration with the Consulate General of Canada to help reduce the risk of …

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"Renewed optimism": Reflections on the 2018-19 Novo Nordisk Innovation Challenge

March 28, 2019

On March 28, after nearly six months of hard work, the five finalists of the Novo Nordisk Innovation Challenge — Adelie Health, xBird, SimpleC, MedoPad and HumanCapitalWorks — participated in a capstone “partnering day” at Novo Nordisk Headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark.

ICYMI: Here’s a look back on some of the top moments from the past six months.

The journey begins Each company’s journey…

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First-ever Chicago-Israel Health Tech Summit opens door to U.S. market for 20 of Israel’s most promising health tech startups

October 30, 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel opens three-day summit featuring leaders from Chicago-area health systems and 20 of Israel’s most promising health tech startups

Chicago, IL, October 30, 2018 — Today, MATTER welcomes twenty of Israel’s most innovative health tech startups and healthcare leaders to the Chicago-Israel Health Tech Innovation Summit, hosted in partnership with the Center for Digital Innovation …

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