Curve secures spot in MAP Startup Accelerator

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Digital health company Curve Tomorrow has been awarded a place in Melbourne University’s MAP Startup Accelerator.

Curve will team up with two entrepreneurial surgeons to develop Axon, an e-health platform designed to streamline patient care in hospitals via workflow and checklists tailored for individuals.

Once a year, the MAP Startup Accelerator funds a group of businesses (currently 10 per intake) and works with them to grow their idea. This year saw more than 120 former Melbourne University graduates battle for a spot.

The startups are provided with $20,000 funding - no equity taken, office space, structured mentoring, networking opportunities and pitching opportunities across Melbourne, Sydney and Silicon Valley.

Curve Tomorrow Director Sanji Kanagalingam said: “Experience and guidance from entrepreneurs and mentors who have successfully released products to market and scaled them both nationally and internationally will be invaluable to our business, as will access to potential funders and partners who can help take the product to market.

“As a digital health company, Curve will benefit directly from the expertise of tech heavyweights and VCs, but we’re also excited about receiving input from mentors in more diverse fields like fashion, travel and FMCG, who are part of the Accelerator.”

Kanagalingam will be joined by Curve Software Developer Julian Kelabora together with eye surgeon Dr Chandra Perera and ENT Surgeon Dr Paul Paddle at MAP, where they will be guided to turn Axon into a successful business within five months.

Axon will generate a live patient journey for the health professional and incorporate best practice checklists and workflows that are tailored to each patient. This information will be available across multiple platforms and accessed live by any team member, with the potential to improve delegation of care and communication.

“A successful product will result in a much more efficient health care system in hospitals, resulting in cost savings and better quality of care for patients. As we plan to scale this product both nationally and internationally, we see an export opportunity for Victoria, contributing to growth of jobs and the state’s GDP,” said Kanagalingam.

Curve will be onsite part-time at a major Victorian Hospital’s ENT Unit where they will shadow doctors and apply Curve’s methodologies to uncover clinical problems and validate technological solutions to improve outcomes for patients.

The 24 alumni teams from the MAP Startup Accelerator have so far raised over $10 million in funding, created more than 150 jobs and generated over $10 million in revenue.