Black Swan #6 – Every startup’s a healthtech startup now

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It’s not quite true that every startup in Canada has moved into the health space. But many have dipped their toes.

There are startups like InkSmith, TransPod, and Nanoleaf, who have all put their core business to the side to produce, ventilators, and PPE (personal protective equipment).

“When COVID-19 hit, I just had this clarity that I needed to go into this crisis mode of a Telehealth solution.”

There are the startups that are offering their services for free, or additional support to those affected by COVID-19. In fact, there are so many startups like this in Canada that BetaKit has produced a list we’re updating weekly just to keep up.

But there are also the startups that have made a firm pivot to healthtech, not only to step up in a time of need, but to keep their business alive. We profile one such startup on this episode of Black Swan, and it might not be the one you’d expect.

Kerri-Lynn McAllister is the CEO and founder of Pawzy, a Toronto-based startup that provides a platform connecting Canadian pet owners with health and educational resources. Kerri-Lynn spoke to us about Pawzy’s pivot into pet telehealth.

That’s right, the Black Swan podcast has gone to the dogs.

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Hosted by Douglas Soltys & Rob Kenedi. Edited by Kattie Laur. Produced with support from TWG.

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.