As the Wisconsin Badgers football team prepares to head to Chicago for a Big Ten clash against the Northwestern University Wildcats this weekend, the team from Chicago’s collaborative healthcare hub, MATTER, made the reverse trip to Madison for something a bit more cooperative.
The organization’s leader and CEO, Steven Collens, joined Zach Brandon, the president of the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, to discuss why the Midwest is in a great position to overcome the challenges in healthcare innovation.
MATTER’s facility in the heart of Chicago has an amazing amount of activity featuring hundreds of events per year for its 150 healthcare startup members. The events provide entrepreneurs an opportunity to get connected to a community of funding sources, product feedback, mentorship, partnership opportunities, and the physical proximity to other innovation that lets creative ideas bounce off each other. Its residents also include Madison-based Redox, one of HealthX Ventures’ portfolio companies. The company cites the events and resources MATTER offers as to why it calls it a home to the south.
This week’s cross-border meeting was a great way for the Chicago group in attendance, including MATTER member companies and staff, to introduce themselves to the growing health tech community of Madison through an event sponsored by the growing HealthTech Capitol networking group. Whether it’s connecting the MATTER startups with companies like Redox that can help with interoperability or allowing Madison companies to tap into the MATTER curriculum over a live stream, the Chicago-Madison link is increasingly helping advance the Midwest’s role as a world leader in healthcare innovation…even if we don’t always agree on sports teams.