Urban Docz: Get to the Doctor! Or Let Telehealth Bring the Doctor to You

Since 2020, telehealth visits have become increasingly prominent. For patients in metropolitan areas, telehealth can reduce barriers to receiving healthcare when a doctor’s office may require inaccessible transportation, and the time required for an appointment may disrupt work or childcare. But when unaffordable healthcare costs are added to the equation, proactive medical appointments—even through telehealth—can become unattainable.

This month, we highlight Urban Docz, a startup based in Dearborn, Michigan, that is developing an easy-to-use, affordable telehealth platform with a greater sense of cultural competency for its users. We interviewed Urban Docz founders, Robin Wright King and Dr. Ali Bazzi, to learn more about their vision for creating greater accessibility to healthcare.

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Upcoming Challenges and Funding Opportunities

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge

Cisco is offering $1 million in prizes to early-stage entrepreneurs whose solutions drive economic development and/or solve social or environmental problems. Learn more and apply by February 11, 2022.

2021–22 Accelerator Rap Challenge

The Cape at Penn State is hosting a challenge to help underserved children better understand entrepreneurship. Applicants must compose an animated music video that will inspire kids to see themselves in entrepreneurial careers. Learn more and apply by February 28.

Request for Information on Strengthening Community Health Through Technology

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy requests input from community health stakeholders, technology developers, and other interested parties about how digital health technologies are or could be used to transform health, wellness, and equity. Learn more and submit comments by February 28.

Topics for 2022 National Science Foundation Convergence Accelerator

The National Science Foundation announced tracks for the 2022 cohort. These topics include enhancing opportunities for persons with disabilities, food and nutrition security, and sustainable materials for global challenges. Read more details.


MIDAS Seminar Series and Biostatistics Co-present: Rebecca Hubbard, University of Pennsylvania

On January 24 at 4:00 PM, Rebecca Hubbard will discuss the challenges of working with electronic health record data and approaches to data analysis. Learn more and join the discussion.

Entrepreneurship SpeakHER Series: The Comeback, Not the Setback with Karolyn Hart

This virtual speaker series aims to empower women postsecondary students to consider entrepreneurship as a career path. The first session on January 28 at 6:00 PM will feature Karolyn Hart, president and founder of InspireHUB Inc. Learn more and register.

Trinity Health Equity Symposium Event Recording

Trinity Health held a Martin Luther King Jr. Health Equity Symposium on January 17 featuring experts from across the United States. View the recording.

Midwest House at South by Southwest®

Midwest House is putting together a program for startups looking to get involved at South by Southwest, including pitch opportunities, a place in the Austin Capital Factory’s Startup Crawl, and more. Email ted@michiganhouse.org for more information.

National Institutes of Health Proposal Preparation Intensive

BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting is hosting a course for companies planning to submit a proposal to the National Institutes of Health for small-business innovation research or small-business technology transfer funding. Learn more and register.


On March 14–18, 2022, HIMSS 22 will bring together members of the healthcare ecosystem for the education they need to reimagine healthcare for everyone. Contact MedHealth program manager, Stacey Frankovich, for a discount code. Learn more about in-person and digital attendance options and register.

Kalamazoo Venture Tuesday Presenter Opportunity

Kalamazoo Venture Tuesday gives innovators the opportunity to share their pitch with a panel of three investors and three early-stage companies to receive feedback. The goal of these events is to help innovators improve their pitch presentation skills. Learn more and apply.


On March 6–9, 2022, ViVE will bring together C-suite executives, senior digital health leaders and buyers, health startups and investors, government, and solution providers to advance healthcare. Learn more and register.

MedTech Crossroads

Join in2being on Fridays at 2:00 PM for their weekly webinar where they discuss the latest from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and connect the healthcare innovation community. Learn more and register.

Shout Outs

Workit Health Cofounders

Workit Health Featured on Today Show

Workit Health recently shared their story on the Today Show about how they are partnering to create an online therapy program to help people battling addiction. Watch the segment.

Congratulations ShapeLog!

Congratulations to ShapeLog for raising $1.16 million in later-stage venture capital funding! ShapeLog is a health and fitness technology platform with partnerships across the commercial, rehabilitation, and home markets. Visit their website.

Congratulations TheraB Medical!

Congratulations to TheraB for raising part of their seed-round funding! TheraB Medical is a medical device company that promotes holistic treatment for infant jaundice. Visit their website.

Job Opportunities

Michigan Venture Capital Association Marketing and Programs Manager

Michigan Venture Capital Association seeks a full-time marketing and programs manager to promote the organization’s members and initiatives and coordinate talent attraction programs. Learn more and apply.

Diet ID Job Postings

Digital health startup Diet ID is hiring multiple positions to support their rapidly growing company. These positions include healthcare sales director, freelance graphic designer, strategic account manager, and business development representative. Learn more and apply.