Minneapolis Firm Accepted Into World’s Greatest Accelerator

Minneapolis-based Alska says it has been accepted into the Founders Program at Station F in Paris, France.  Station F is the world’s largest technology incubator with 26 international start up programs, investors and resources under one roof. Start up accelerators on site include Facebook, Microsoft, L’Oreal and BNP Paribas among others.

Selection for the Founders Program, which opened in 2017, is highly competitive with a 9% selection rate and applications from tech founders around the globe.

Station F boasts a 40% female founder population with an emphasis on diversity. “I am impressed with the ratio of female founders at Station F and hope that will reflect the tech community at large one day,” Michelle Chaffee, founder and CEO of Alska, said in a news release.

Alska is a web-based portable health platform with features and solutions that help family caregivers more effectively manage care for a loved one. It is estimated there are over 45 million caregivers in the United States who are struggling to manage care for an aging parent, disabled child or a loved one with a physical or mental illness.  Many of these caregivers are also working at least part time and shouldering the burden alone.

Chaffee created Alska after working over 20 years as a healthcare professional and medical investigator. “I noticed a long time ago that much of what happens that impacts outcomes for patients was occurring outside the hospital or clinic and believed that giving family caregivers the tools to more efficiently do what they were already doing, would make a difference,” Chaffee said.

The Alska platform is also being used globally as a population health management solution, improving access to care through virtual care team connection and collaboration in countries like Rwanda where access to physicians is limited.