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New York startup names 2 Houston-based innovators as executives

Two Houstonians have been named to the executive board of a New York startup. Photos courtesy of Yuvo Health

A New York City-based, tech-enabled health administrative and managed care solution has announced the latest addition to its C-suite — including two executives based in Houston.

Yuvo Health, which provides community health centers a tech platform for managing care, announced the appointment of Sujata “Su” Bajaj as CTO and Dakisha Allen as head of product. Additionally, the startup named New York-based Anthony Thompson as head of development and Ishaan Jalan as chief of staff.

“It is with tremendous pride and excitement that we announce the growth of our leadership team, especially as it is less than six months since our last corporate expansion,” says Cesar Herrera, CEO and co-founder of Yuvo Health.

“We are passionate about providing unparalleled support to our Federally Qualified Health Centers partners, and with Su, Dakisha, Anthony, and Ishaan at our helm, we are better-positioned to set up our partners for success, empowering them to thrive in their commitment to value-based care.”

In her role as CTO, Bajaj will oversee development, implementation, and management of Yuvo Health’s technology resources. The company recently raised $7.3 million in seed funding — led by AlleyCorp, with participation from AV8 Ventures, New York Ventures, Laconia Capital, and Brooklyn Bridge Ventures — to expand outside of New York. Bajaj will be responsible with allocating some of this funding into further developing the product.

Allen's responsibilities as head of product include overseeing product development, contributing to company growth, and ensuring alignment with target audiences.

Founded in January 2021, Yuvo Health works with Federally Qualified Health Centers, or FQHCs, to enable access to support services and new revenue streams through upside risk contracts.

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The Ion has announced its latest startup-focused program. MediaTech Venture's Houston startup incubator is launching next month. Photo courtesy of the Ion

Houston has a new incoming incubator program for innovators within the media technology space.

The Ion announced a new partnership with MediaTech Ventures, an Austin-based global media industry venture development company, that will bring the MediaTech incubator program to Houston. Applications are open now, and the first cohort will kick off the program in January.

“Modern media has to continually evolve and adapt to new market channels, and with each platform comes the opportunity for innovation to leverage what is possible. It’s why Houston continues to build its market and resources for media technology entrepreneurs and startups looking to make an impact in this constantly evolving space,” says Jan E. Odegard, executive director of the Ion, in a news release.

“We’re thrilled to partner with MediaTech Ventures to further bolster the startups that are an integral part of our innovation community," he continues.

The 12-week program will help early-stage companies tackle marketing, development, and production with education and mentorship with MediaTech Ventures' startup curriculum and platform. The Ion will house the initiative and startups will have access to the hub for programming and networking.

“Ion is the perfect home for our incubator program,” says Josh Sutton, Houston Program Manager at MediaTech Ventures, in the release. “Our goal is to not only tap into the Ion’s valuable innovation ecosystem both within its four walls and beyond it, but to catalyze the development of media technologies and offer more resources for entrepreneurs looking to advance modern media.”

Founded in 2016 to advance the media technology economy, MediaTech Ventures focuses on "unifying innovation with capital, and validating and scaling technology-enabled media startups," per the news release. The program's startups have raised over $10 million following the completion of the curriculum.

An info session is taking place on December 5 at Second Draught in the Ion, and interested applicants can meet, ask questions, and learn more about the program.

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