In the Fort Worth Ranches Tuesday at the historic Isis Theater, a new generation revealed their ideas for the future.
Techstars Physical Health Fort Worth Accelerator, a first-of-its-kind partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, UNT’s Health Science Center and Goff Capital and Techstars, has completed a 13-week program that will train the founders of included 10 startups. from around the world who are developing technology that they believe will revolutionize the healthcare industry.
“Tonight is a big night for Fort Worth,” said Trey Bowles, managing director. Because of what happened with the global pandemic, we saw an acceleration of technology, specifically in telehealth and digital health solutions. The companies that have come here through our program are leading the world in solving problems and coming up with solutions that fit that physical health world.”
This includes companies like BOOMROOM, founded by Anna Shuford from Charlotte North Carolina.
“We really started with a COVID idea. We all hated taking the Zoom workouts. We’re like, Okay, it just has to be better. So what we got to was, how do we improve the actual live virtual classroom experience?” Shuford said.
Shuford said her online platform will help fitness entrepreneurs not only stream classes, but streamline their business all in one place.
For Stefan Weiss, a lack of fitness resources while traveling led to the idea for smart resistance bands, which his startup Straffr plans to bring to market.
“It’s gamified and really motivating, so you can have an interactive training experience on the go,” Weiss said. “The innovation is really inside the tire, which means we put a sensor in this tire. And this unit just sends the training data and sends it to our app.
There, Weiss said, pro coaches and trainers can provide feedback to lead to a more effective training experience.
Both companies were among the 10 chosen out of more than 4,500, according to Bowles, for mentorship and investment to launch ideas they believe will lead to a smarter, healthier future.
“It gives you so much energy and excitement to kind of push forward and use these kinds of innovations to really help people,” Weiss said.
Next year, Bowles said, ten more startups will be selected for the program.