Editor’s note: The following is part of a series of stories on the six cohort companies of the Launch Health Accelerator, powered by Nueterra Capital and sponsored by LaunchKC. Click here to read all the stories published in this series.
Opportunity unlocked, it’s full steam ahead for TheraWe Connect as the startup prepares to check out of the Launch Health Accelerator and into the next phase of its startup journey.
“It’s really given us access to more opportunities in the Kansas City-area and outside of the Kansas City-area — through mentorship, but also through the other cohort members as well,” said Kaitlyn Doyle, CEO.
One of six companies in the Nueterra Capital-backed program, sponsored by Launch KC, TheraWe Connect — a HIPAA-compliant mobile video platform that bridges the gap between therapy centers and the home — is doubling down on efforts to help parents navigate the world of pediatric therapy, Doyle said of what’s to come when the startup exits the program on Nov. 20.
“I am a pediatric occupational therapist by trade. I have spent my career working with families who have children with special needs in the birth to six-years-old range,” she added, detailing her experience and what attracted her to working with the startup.
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Community collaboration, Doyle was connected to Kirby Montgomery, TheraWe Connect founder, by Lesa Mitchell, managing director of Techstars Kansas City.
“I connected with Kirby and immediately I knew that he had a solution to the problem that I was experiencing, working in homes and providing early intervention services,” she said.
The rest is history, Doyle added, noting the decision to join TheraWe Connect as CEO was a no-brainer.
The startup executive is hopeful Kansas City and surrounding healthtech markets see similar value in the company, she said.
“I think in practice as an occupational therapist, it is really challenging to communicate with all of the caregivers and provide quality services one time a week in a 30-minute session,” Doyle said. “Connecting therapists with the family is what we need in our industry and that’s where we are today.”
As TheraWe Connect moves forward, getting the platform in the hands of more users is the startup’s top priority — and more realistic than ever, thanks in large part to programming offered by Launch Health, Doyle noted.
“We were pretty open to the accelerator,” she said. “We really just wanted to dive in and learn more [and we have].”
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