Navigating the Boston Health and Wellness Startup Scene - Who to Know, Where to Go
The health and wellness startup scene in Boston is one filled with promise and innovation. The drivers of this growth are varied, but one central factor is that consumers are taking more interest in their health and are willing to spend money in that pursuit.
Boston startups are taking advantage of the Beantown’s proximity to top-tier technological, medical, and academic resources to provide innovative health and wellness solutions to the world. The health and wellness industry is vast - ranging from health tech to cannabis to fitness. Boston startups are having success in bringing fresh thinking to each of these different sectors.
The local startup scene holds many resources for companies looking to enter the world of health and wellness and we’re here to get you started on that journey! Check out the startups to watch, investors and more, directly below.
Health and Wellness Startups to Watch in Boston and New England
Here are a few startups that are bringing innovative solutions to the health and wellness industry:
AOA Dx - developing the next frontier in early-stage cancer detection through its pioneering work in glycolipids and proprietary biomarker technology.
FamilyWell - a digital health company focused on providing equitable and affordable access to mental health services for pregnant and postpartum patients
Perch - uses computer vision and machine learning in the gym to quantify and coach strength training workouts, overcoming the limitations of current wearable fitness technology.
SoShe - digital health and wellness for new and expecting parents that complements the care of physicians
Tinyhood - the next generation of parenting. Offers online courses, one-on-one consultations, and moderated communities - led by professionally certified parenting experts.
Turtle Health - developing the most accurate at-home fertility testing options to provide you with personalized, medically meaningful information to help you plan and manage your fertility journey, early and affordably.
Uwill - offers students, colleges and mental health professionals a robust online therapy platform that has not yet been made available through current teletherapy solutions.
Wellist - by partnering with hospitals that care about the patient experience, Wellist provides engagement programs to guide families to the support they need - from non-medical support, to hospital resources, and personal social support.
Health and Wellness Investors to Know
These are a few investors to know in New England that invest in the health and wellness startups located in Boston and otherwise!
Bose Ventures - invests in entrepreneurs who are building innovative products, technologies, or digital experiences. Bose Ventures has invested in Whoop and a number of other startups in the health and wellness industry.
Charles River Ventures - venture capital firm that invests in early-stage enterprise and consumer startups across many industries, including the health and wellness industries.
Covalent Ventures - an active health & wellness sector investor based in Aotearoa New Zealand. Focused on assisting growth stage companies to achieve scale.
Force Middle East Bioventures - venture capital firm based in Dubai with investors in Boston. Invests in health and wellness startups, specifically consumer health, fitness, and healthtech.
General Catalyst - venture capital firm that makes early-stage and transformational investments. General Catalyst aims to back ambitious founders who actively seek to change the status quo.
Kaya Ventures - an early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to expanding access to wellness. Led by Madeline Darcy, an HBS-grad.
Accelerators and Incubators for Health and Wellness Startups
Interested in networking and learning from others in this space? Check out these local organizations:
Cogo Labs - incubator located in the heart of Cambridge, MA. Cogo capitalizes on proximity to successful technologists and organizations to foster the next generation of leaders at the forefront of consumer technology.
Greentown Labs - this Somerville incubator is focused on climate change and houses wellness startups related to energy and sustainability.
MassChallenge HealthTech - works to accelerate high-impact digital health startups by forming partnerships with industry-leaders.
NextView Ventures Accelerator - designed for the earliest-stage companies in need of right-sized dollars and hands-on mentorship.
Techstars - offers accelerator focused on leveraging the vast expertise of the Boston ecosystem to accelerate the growth of healthtech, medtech, biotech, web3, deep-tech, and climate-tech
TiE ScaleUp - equity-free accelerator program that serves startup founders by providing each cohort company with curated mentorship from industry veterans, weekly workshops, access to funders, and an active alumni community.
VDC - incubator in Boston with state-of-the-art facilities and resources. Founded by the University of Massachusetts, this incubator invites entrepreneurs from any college or country.
Networking Groups and Events for Health and Wellness Startups
These are some networking groups and events in the Boston and New England area you may want to check out if you’re interested in the health and wellness industry here!
CDX Accelerate Health + Wellness - this annual, day-long conference focuses on how tech and digital tools can help improve health and wellness for consumers
The Meeting Point Radical Wellness Fair - this is a collective of independent body workers and mental health practitioners
Seaport Sweat - a free outdoor fitness series in Seaport, hosted in the park. Occurs from May to September
Wellness Business Network - a health and wellness networking group comprised of entrepreneurs, researchers, subject matter experts, policy makers, and users
Women’s Health Innovation Summit - an annual conference bringing together emerging companies with a disruptive technology, product, or service to present in front of the industry’s most influential partners, investors, and decision makers
Stay Tuned with Latest Updates on the Boston Health and Wellness Startup Scene
There are so many new things constantly happening in the health and wellness startup scene here in Boston and the Greater New England area.
The space is constantly changing and new players enter the game. We try to keep our resources up to date, but if there’s anything we missed send us a message using this link.
About the author - Parker Julian, a former college basketball player, is a writer and coach whose aim is to mentor and educate individuals about holistic approaches to personal health. Additionally, Parker is employed by Grant Thornton LLP as a consultant, where he is focused on designing and testing Information Technology risk strategies for large institutions.