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Nine R.I. Startups Making the World a Stronger, Healthier Place

Rhode Island’s startup community is strong in the growing field of health, medicine and wellness, where new technologies, mobile solutions, and an explosion of interest in wearable devices and health-related apps is driving a wave of innovation. Startup activity in this area is not only good for economic growth in Rhode Island--it’s accelerating the development of new solutions that build stronger, healthier communities.

This spring, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Founders League are collaborating to showcase nine Rhode Island companies that are pioneering new health and wellness solutions. The diversity of these companies captures the breadth and depth of activity happening across Rhode Island’s startup scene, and highlights the global impact these companies are already having on the world.

The showcase will kick off with a blog series on each of the highlighted companies. At the conclusion, the series will culminate in a meet-up on June 10 featuring leaders from each of the ventures and other entrepreneurs and startups from across Rhode Island.

Our goal is to twofold: celebrate the great work happening across this exciting sector and bring new visibility to opportunities for growth and collaboration. Bonus: several of these companies are hiring and are always on the lookout for top-tier talent!

Featured companies include:

Care Thread : Care Thread provides secure mobile messaging and team-based collaboration solutions that empower providers to maximize communications and productivity across care teams.

Edesia : Edesia produces high-quality ready-to-use foods that treat and prevent malnutrition for the world’s most vulnerable children.

Focal Upright : Focal Upright has pioneered a new generation of ergonomic furniture that changes how we work.

HealthID Profile : HIP has introduced new ways for people to manage their health information through mobile devices and wearable technology.

MedMates : MedMates is Rhode Island's first healthcare technology network group dedicated to galvanizing collaboration between health-tech companies, hospitals, universities, sources of capital and governmental partners.

Nordic Technologies : Nordic Technologies builds health monitoring products that help aging people live longer and more safely at home.

Premama : Premama has pioneered a suite of product for expectant moms that sooth prenatal discomforts while supporting a healthy pregnancy.

ShapeUp : ShapeUp partners with leading global companies to drive and sustain engagement around a corporate culture of wellbeing.

Sproutel : Sproutel is using toys, games and interactive tools to help kids manage chronic health conditions.

Check out our first profile--Focal Upright--now!

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