Dr. Kyle Gernhofer was one of 50 founders selected to participate in the Google for Startups program which focuses on high potential startups from underrepresented entrepreneurs based in the U.S.

(Des Moines, IA) —DenScore, a healthcare analytics company founded by local resident Dr. Kyle Gernhofer, announced today it was selected to join the second cohort of the Google for Startups Founders Academy, which is a nationwide 6 month, equity free program designed to help promising founders and their startups grow revenues and obtain access to capital.

The Founders Academy began on March 3 and consists of hands-on workshops across a range of topics including customer acquisition, hiring, and fundraising. DenScore is one of only 50 high potential startups that the Google for Startups team has selected for the first nationwide cohort. The founders Academy model was piloted in Atlanta last year with 45 Georgia based companies.

“We first heard about this program while participating in Patriot Boot Camp which was sponsored by Google for Startups. Our team knew the selection process would be highly competitive and we were elated to find out we made the cut,” says Kyle Gernhofer, CEO of DenScore. “This invaluable support from Google for Startups comes at a critical time when we’re beginning to utilize natural language processing and machine learning to gain a deeper understanding about dental performance and its impact on overall health. Having Google as a partner to fine-tune our technology while testing our value proposition is a dream come true for us!”

“85 percent of participants from Google for Startups Founders Academy that we ran in Georgia reported that the program helped grow their startup, whether that be through job creation, fresh pathways to capital, new strategic partnerships, or increased brand and marketing exposure,” says Jewel Burks Solomon, Head of Google for Startups US. “By expanding the program nationally, we’re hopeful that we can continue to level the playing field for underrepresented founders and their startups, like DenScore by connecting them to the best Google has to offer.”

About DenScore

DenScore is a B2B software solution which helps people receive higher quality, personalized and more affordable dental care. DenScore’s proprietary technology uses natural language processing and machine learning algorithms to measure dental performance from the lens of a patient so dental insurers, large employers and dental support organizations are better aligned with consumer needs. DenScore has been designed by a team of clinicians, data scientists and researchers to support value-based care initiatives which benefit multiple healthcare stakeholders.

About Google For Startups

Google for Startups works to level the playing field for startup founders and communities to succeed by bringing the best of Google’s products, connections, and best practices to startups. Paired with a deep commitment to create diverse startup communities, many of our offerings are designed specifically to provide underrepresented founders with access to resources and opportunities. We support startups everywhere to build something better. Because when startups succeed, we all succeed.