Check Up with Health Wildcatters

Considering that Dallas calls four major national healthcare systems home and was ranked as the #1 state to do business by CEO magazine*, it’s no surprise that it’s also home to a successful health accelerator.

Health Wildcatters is a mentorship-driven health seed accelerator that launched in 2013. Preparing for their third class this Fall, Health Wildcatters is well on its way to being a major player in the US—their graduates have raised nearly $10 million collectively over the last two years. From non-invasive glucose monitors for diabetics, to nutrition and wellness apps, to pharmaceutical cancer therapies, the startups that graduate from the Health Wildcatters program are truly revolutionizing the health industry.

And it’s not just the startups that are making headway, the accelerator itself has used the time between programs to strengthen their team and launch new initiatives. After presenting at the inaugural SXSW MedTech Expo in March, the Health Wildcatters team set out on a road trip to meet with neighboring startup communities in Oklahoma City, Kansas City, and Little Rock. There they met with startups, incubators, investors, and entrepreneurs, making friends and building strategic bridges along the way.

They also teamed up with D Healthcare Daily to launch The Pulse, a healthcare innovation breakfast that meets once a month. With a standout guest speaker and pitches from local health startups, the breakfast attracts up to 75 people interested in the crossroads between health and entrepreneurship. Their next breakfast is Wednesday, May 27 and will take place at Dallas Fort Work. You can RSVP for the event here.

Most recently, Health Wildcatters welcomed Fiona Schlachter to their team as VP of Programming. Schlachter has been a leader within the Dallas-Ft. Worth startup community, co-founding House of Genius Dallas and helping organize the inaugural Dallas Startup Week. She also recently launched the Oak Cliff Open Coffee Club to bring together local entrepreneurs, developers and investors in an informal setting.

I could not be more excited to join Health Wildcatters,” Schlachter said. “I have watched them grow over the last two years and am honored to be part of the next phase.”

Health Wildcatters CEO Hubert Zajicek commented on Schlachter’s new role: “Fiona is a perfect fit for our team. She’ll not only enable us to add more programming to support DFW health startups, but will also help us continue to contribute to the larger startup ecosystem in the region.”

And she joins the team at just the right time: Health Wildcatters is recruiting their next class of health startups for their Fall 2015 program. Applications are available on f6s and are due on June 15. The Fall program begins on August 24. You can click here to find out more and to submit an application

*Source: Dallas Regional Chamber’s 2014 Regional Economic Development Guide 

Raquel Vincent

Raquel Vincent is a Dallas-based creative with a knack for words and inspired creative direction. When she's not working, you can find Raquel hitting a gallery opening, working on her book, or thrifting for unforgettable vintage finds. She loves music festivals, tacos, and her rescue cat Berlioz.