SOURCE: Tallwave

Tallwave

September 10, 2013 08:00 ET

Applications Now Open for Tallwave National Healthcare IT High Tide Startup Program

Leading Venture Development Group in Arizona Kicks Off Nationwide Search for the Most Promising Healthcare IT Startups

SCOTTSDALE, AZ--(Marketwired - Sep 10, 2013) - As entrepreneurs from across the country begin vying for spots in Tallwave's Healthcare IT focused "High Tide" startup competition, Arizona industry leaders are praising the initiative as a potential economic development tool and a deal vetting and validation resource for the investment community. A self-described "commercializor," Tallwave is known for its ability to build value for startups and help them grow rapidly, while minimizing risk for entrepreneurs and their investors.

With its first vertical High Tide, Tallwave is searching for the best healthcare IT companies to showcase Arizona's emergence as a global leader in health and wellness innovation. The program will drive more healthcare IT startup development in the region, and provide funding opportunities and market access to the most promising entrepreneurs from across the country.

Photos and videos of Tallwave's High Tide startup competition are available at http://www.tallwavehightide.com/.

The High Tide program delivers $500,000 in services and cash to select participants who advance through the six month program with Sopris Capital acting as an advisor to its fund. These entrepreneurs and their startups proceed through rigorous validation, acceleration and commercialization bootcamps, move-the-needle competitions and local, regional and national investor pitches in "pass/fail" scenarios.

"Entrepreneurs make our economy stronger by creating jobs, and early-stage venture capital is the lifeblood for their growth," said Andrew Paul, managing member, Sopris Capital. "In addition to capital, entrepreneurs need a favorable environment to launch and develop their dynamic businesses. Tallwave is providing the education and ecosystem necessary to increase the likelihood of success and commercialization of companies in start-up and growth stages."

Arizona is fast becoming a hub for healthcare innovation with top research institutions like TGen, world-class healthcare brands such as Blue Cross Blue Shield AZ, Cancer Treatment Centers of America and Mayo Clinic, and well-funded startups like WebPT, GlobalMed and others. Tallwave's High Tide for Healthcare IT program is set to fuel that innovation with its hands-on approach for identifying, validating and commercializing the country's up-and-coming healthcare IT entrepreneurs who have the potential to transform the industry.

"The energy around this High Tide is exhilarating," said Donna Kent, senior vice president, Venture Development for Tallwave. "Pre-registration opened early last month and we already have nearly 156 healthcare IT startups from 31 states and one province in Canada. Program sponsors and partners from the previous High Tide are already onboard for this second program, and local healthcare industry leaders and several major national partners are bringing significant support to this effort."

The application process will be open to the public from September 10 - September 30, 2013. Applications can be completed online at www.tallwavehightide.com. There is no fee to enter.

About Tallwave:

Tallwave is a commercializor.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, with offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, the company creates and maximizes commercial success and shareholder value for entrepreneurs and investors by validating, scaling and managing early-stage and growth ventures with a hands-on approach.

The combination of Tallwave's proprietary lean Business Blueprint™ system for product and company validation, and go to market strategy; its unique Operator Model™ for resource development and management, and the access to pre-seed through series A capital Tallwave makes available, sets the company apart from incubators, accelerators and venture capital firms whose business models limit the range of resources they provide.

For more information about Tallwave, visit www.tallwave.com.

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