What started as a project at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP) focused on developing a much-needed neck-strengthening solution to address and reduce the frequency of concussions for female soccer athletes has now evolved to a near-market digital health solution addressing the much bigger problem associated with MSK injury conditions and rehabilitation.
Abby’s entrepreneurial leap to build upon her initial vision with support from UC’s 1819 Venture Lab, led to her partnership with Rohit an EIR with extensive startup and healthcare expertise at the Venture Lab – eventually leading to the formation of Band Connect in 2019. Since inception, Band Connect has raised more than $1M in funding, including a mix of non-dilutive grants and a Pre-Seed round led by Cleveland-based JumpStart Ventures.
Band Connect has made significant progress towards its goals of revolutionizing the physical therapy experience for both patients and clinicians. Oriented as a condition-specific medical device, Band Connect has collected data through several IRB approved implementations with nationally recognized institutions, including two clinical trials with an initial focus on chronic and post-acute rehabilitation for mid-back, shoulder and neck conditions, with extensive collaboration with nationally recognized surgeons and physical therapists. The company is also operating a paid pilot with the Army’s Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) with deployments at Military Treatment Centers (MTF) at Fort Bragg and West Point. More recently, Band Connect has also expanded support to include lower extremity conditions with early prototype development.
In addition to Abby and Rohit as co-founders, the team has grown to a team of 4 – in conjunction with a savvy group of clinical advisors and industry experts. This growth is expected to accelerate over the next 12 months based on our next phase of planned pilots and deployments.
September 20, 2023, UC News
When Abby McInturf was a University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) student on her way to a degree in industrial design, she studied ways to enhance human health through better design.Read Story
June 28, 2023, Cincy Inno
Sixteen entrepreneurs are the latest beneficiaries of Main Street Ventures’ newest round of grant funding. The Over-the-Rhine nonprofit announced June 27 the recipients of its Launch and Leap grants, as well as Cincinnati State’s Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program. In total, the organization handed out more than $248,000 in equity-free funding.Read Story
March 15, 2023, Cincy Inno
A local startup founded by University of Cincinnati alumna has landed a spot in a one of the world’s top accelerator programs, with an equity investment to boot that pushes it past its pre-seed fundraising goal.Read Story
March 13, 2023, Techstars
Techstars Healthcare Accelerator sponsored by Cedars Sinai, Point32Health, UCI Health, and United Healthcare is proud to announce the 12 startups selected for the Class of 2023. These passionate teams with strong technical backgrounds are going after big ideas in healthcare, ranging from maternal health to chronic disease management to medical devices.Read Story