The Top Health and Education Startups at CES 2021

By Bruce Harpham Saturday, January 9, 2021

CES 2021 may be a virtual event, but that doesn’t make it any less significant for companies, especially startups. The virtual event runs from January 11 to January 14, and it includes keynotes from notable leaders like the CEOs of well-known businesses such as Bestbuy, GM, and AMD.

1. Kinsa Health (Healthcare Tech)

Kinsa is a health tech startup in San Francisco with $29 million in funding. Inder Singh, the founder and CEO of the company will be presenting on a panel. Kinsa Health data has recently shown an increase in fever statistics from late December to early January. As a healthcare tech and data company, the global focus on COVID-19 will help this company stand out.

2. Engageli (Education Technology)

With nineteen employees, Engageli is an education startup focused on virtual classrooms. Dan Avida, the Dan Avida of the startup, will be speaking on “The Classroom of the Future” panel. The company has $14.5 million in business funding and came out of stealth mode in October 2020. As virtual learning and classrooms continue to be critical for 2021, Engageli may do well this year.

Engageli sets itself apart from other companies by taking an inclusive technical approach. That means that the platform is intentionally designed to run on a wide variety of machines, including older technology. A business focus on a wide variety of technology platforms matters even more in 2021 because there have been laptop shortages reported as more people continue to work from home.

3. Woebot Health (Mental Health Technology)

The success of meditation apps like Calm (2017 iPhone app of the year by Apple itself) and 10% Happier illustrate significant consumer demand for mental health help apps. At CES, Woebot Health will be represented by Alison Darcy, Founder, and President, who will be speaking at The Road to DIY Consumer Health panel. Based in San Francisco, Woebot has $8 million in venture capital funding.

The company uses chatbot technology to offer mental health support to users. A study found that Woeboe users (aged 18 to 28 years old) experienced reduced anxiety and depression after using the service.

4. Caregiver Smart Solutions (Monitoring Tech for Older Adults)

The trend to move all social and economic life online poses challenges for many people. People in rural areas face difficulties with limited connectivity. Older adults, especially those in long-term care settings, have also suffered from isolation.

Caregiver Smart Solutions, a New York-based startup, is working to solve the challenge of isolation with sensors. The product works as a kind of early warning system to detect changes in activity levels, sleep, and so forth. Such technology may reduce some of the problems of neglect for older adults, especially those who live alone or suffer from chronic illnesses.

About the Author


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Bruce Harpham is an author and marketing consultant based in Canada. His first book "Project Managers At Work" shared real-world success lessons from NASA, Google, and other organizations. His articles have been published in CIO.com, InfoWorld, Canadian Business, and other organizations. Visit BruceHarpham.com for articles, interviews with tech leaders, and updates on future books.

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