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Fast Track 2020 Startups testing transformative solutions addressing Whole Health

February 19, 2020-- The Fast Track to Scale Accelerator has selected the participants for the validation phase of our inaugural year program. The Fast Track 2020 Startups were selected from 126 applicants from 13 different countries. The accelerator matches talented entrepreneurs from around the world with the Fast Track to Scale champions — Anthem and a group of industry-leading employers – to find innovative solutions that improve individuals’ health and well-being and enhance their healthcare experience.


Participating startups at the matchmaking event.

“A first of its kind, the Fast Track to Scale Accelerator is a unique model positioned to disrupt traditional accelerator programs and redefine the future of health,” says Mariya Filipova, VP of Innovation at Anthem. “Anthem is excited to help these 2020 Fast Track Startups redefine healthcare by addressing care management, addiction, cardiac rehabilitation, chronic pain management, and caregiving.”  


Mariya Filipova, VP of Innovation at Anthem, at a Fast Track 2020 workshop with Lisa Ledford-Crissey, VP Clinical Systems and Reporting.

The Fast Track 2020 Startups will have access to resources, tools, expertise, and Anthem’s Digital Data Sandbox* to test and validate their solutions, ultimately accelerating their path to scale.

“The Accelerator provides the missing piece for start-ups to scale: access to certified de-identified data to test their solutions, expertise to navigate the complexities of our industry and a digital platform to integrate into,” says Rajeev Ronanki, Chief Digital Officer at Anthem.

How were the Fast Track 2020 Startups selected?

From August to December, 2019 a comprehensive judging panel of national employers, Anthem leaders, benefits managers, and industry experts sourced start-ups, reviewed applications, selected 15 finalists, evaluated the finalists’ pitches, and selected the Fast Track 2020 Startups.

All applicants competed on their ability to have a transformative impact on the healthcare system and specifically on Whole Health, a vision of the health care system that continuously supports and improves our overall health rather than only intervening when we are sick. Whole Health encompasses everything from foundational socio-economics factors, to care coordination, chronic care management, and financial and emotional wellbeing.


What happens during the testing phase?

During this next phase of the program, the Fast Track 2020 Startups and their champions are working together to validate use cases. To enable that effort, the accelerator is providing the selected start-ups with access to:

  • A community of experts, partners and innovation enthusiasts within Anthem’s ecosystem
  • Anthem’s Digital Data Sandbox: a secure, governed environment in which certified de-identified data is provisioned to vetted users. The data has been de-identified through the process of expert determination and the platform has granular security, auditability, and access controls for the purpose of keeping Anthem data safe.
  • A tailored accelerator curriculum, structured project management process, and co-working office space at MassChallenge HealthTech
  • Access to more than $250K in equity-free benefits via the broader HealthTech program

What's next?

In Summer 2020, the Fast Track to Scale Accelerator will announce the winners along with their validated use cases, supporting champions, and roadmap to scale on the Anthem platform.


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* Access to certified de-identified data within Anthem’s Digital Data Sandbox will be provided pursuant to the participating startup signing Anthem’s Workspace User Attestation Agreement.


MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 2,344 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $5 billion in funding, generated more than $2.7 billion in revenue, and created more than 136,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at