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What it does: Makes “gamified” services and apps that promote wellness and lifestyle changes for people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes.
What happened: The company is in the process of securing another round of funding, said CEO Tryggvi Thorgeirsson. It also won a health care technology award in Europe.
Why it matters: Lifestyle changes are difficult, and Sidekick’s apps are designed to make that easier — and more fun — with personalized wellness and disease-prevention programs.