1 True Health Shares the Experience of Winning Startup Showdown
1 True Health CEO Shawn Smith sits down with BIP Ventures to share his experience as a finalist and winner of Startup Showdown Austin.
BIP Ventures has promoted longtime firm member Austin Poole to General Partner. He will co-lead the firm’s Healthcare practice, which includes 26 startups ranging from Seed to Scale stage companies across specializations ranging from value-based care to mental health platforms.
Austin has been a valuable member of the BIP Ventures team since 2021, but his career with the organization at large began in 2017, when he joined BIP Capital. Before joining the firm, he was in a leadership role with a portfolio company. Austin’s breadth of experience is matched by its depth as a private capital investment leader, primarily focused on supporting companies that are solving real problems in the complex and urgent Healthcare sector.
“It has been an exciting journey helping build and grow BIP Ventures from a regional venture fund into the national leader it is today,” said Poole. “I am looking forward to building on our current momentum and continuing to evolve and grow our Healthcare practice as we look to partner with exceptional teams tackling the biggest problems in US Healthcare.”
Austin serves on the board of numerous BIP Ventures companies, including HealtheMed, Objective Health, Opya, The Rounds, Sentry Health, and Kythera Labs.
“Austin’s contribution to BIP Ventures and BIP Capital is significant and extensive. For the past six years, his investment and subject-matter acumen have made him a leading voice in the firm,” said Mark Buffington, Managing Partner of BIP Ventures. “He has earned the trust of our portfolio companies by being a genuine partner they rely on for honest, useful guidance.”