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A health tech startup that just collected $1.7 million in pre-seed funding aims to eventually plant its headquarters in Houston.
The startup, Rosarium Health, currently has no headquarters; its 10 employees work remotely from various locations. However, co-founder and CEO Cameron Carter — who lives in the Denver area — says the company is eyeing a future headquarters in Houston.
“We believe Houston is the best city to launch a health care startup, given the Texas Medical Center, diverse talent across health and technology, affordable living, and a city with supportive and progressive communities,” Carter tells InnovationMap. “We feel Houston offers meaningful attributes that can enable a high-growth startup to succeed and for its employees to feel safe.”
Rosarium, founded in 2021 as Rose Health, is a 2023 participant in the Texas Medical Center’s Accelerator for HealthTech program. Last year, the company received $60,000 as a winner in the National Institute on Aging’s Healthy Aging Start-Up Challenge and Bootcamp, designed to foster diversity and innovation.
Rosarium’s AI-powered platform connects home contractors and occupational therapists with clients to carry out accessibility projects in households occupied by seniors and people with disabilities. The startup launched its offering in the Houston area with a focus on multigenerational households.
“Our homes are our sanctuaries, but for people with mobility issues, inaccessible spaces can cause frustration, unsafe living conditions, and a loss of dignity,” Carter says in a news release. “Interest in creating accessible living spaces is growing among everyday people, service providers, and professional investors.”
Carter says the $1.7 million in new funding will enable his company to add employees as it seeks to broaden its reach in Texas and expand to other states. The money also will help efforts to recruit bilingual and trilingual contractors.
Primetime Partners and Rock Health Capital led the round, with participation from Tundra Ventures, Flare Capital Partners, Sequential Ventures, Groundbreak Ventures, and several angel investors.
“We will begin developing our enterprise product with a goal to partner with health plans and accountable care organizations in 2024,” he says.
Carter has worked in the health care industry since 2014. Joseph Akoni, Rosarium’s co-founder and chief product officer, has a background in product management.