Health care innovation lab launching at EC

BlueCross leading partner syndicate

A fast-growing venture that runs health care technology business accelerators is partnering with a big name to launch such an incubator at the Entrepreneur Center in September.

“We have been planning our entrance into this market for the last year,” said CEO Nina Nashif, whose organization is not to be confused with local health IT start-up Healthbox Technologies. “Nashville is the Silicon Valley of healthcare and the best place for us as we continue to expand the breadth and depth of our community.”

Healthbox was launched in Chicago in early 2012 with a class of 10 business concepts. Nashif (pictured on the right) and her team have since added incubators in Boston and London. Supporting their local push is BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, whose leaders have a stake in stimulating innovation among health care providers and other stakeholders.

“We’re thrilled to join this collaborative platform and its growing network of entrepreneurs,” said Bill Gracey, president and CEO of BlueCross. “Healthbox directly matches with our overall strategic vision of fostering innovation to advance healthcare outcomes.”

Healthbox is hosting its first networking event at the EC July 25 and is taking applications for its first Nashville class. The group also has forged a partnership with the Nashville Health Care Council.