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By Kate Hodel
March 17, 2015

Entrepreneurial Journey Leads to HIPAAtrek

HIPAA logoIt wasn’t hard for HIPAAtrek founder Sarah Badahman to figure out what problem she wanted to solve with her new company…she was living it every day. HIPAAtrek, founded in 2014, guides organizations through creating, implementing and managing customized HIPAA compliance programs.

How did you get started?

Once upon a time, our founder was sitting in an office struggling to stay afloat with all that is thrown at a practice administrator in the healthcare industry on a daily basis. Developing written policies and procedures got pushed aside many times as other fires kept popping up which had to be dealt with. Training the staff on HIPAA was often interrupted by phone calls and patient emergencies. Tasks to stay compliant were often lost in the ever-growing “to do” pile. There had to be an easier way! Thus…HIPAAtrek™ was born.

How did you overcome your biggest challenge?

HIPAAtrek teamMoney has always been our biggest challenge but, thankfully, in the St. Louis Startup community we have been surrounded by experts who have helped guide us to do our work faster, better and cheaper. We also focused our strategy around customer acquisition instead of fundraising.

Who helped you?

Both the CIC (Cortex Innovation Community) and T-REx startup incubators have helped us immensely to get our footing and grow. We are also a Capital Innovators company.

What's your best advice for a startup?

Think about what you love and find a way to make money doing it. Way too many people just keep leaning in, and leaning in…. Just dive-in head first!

Why is your community a great place to run a business?

In the past five years St. Louis has truly become a tech-hub which is recognized nationally. The tech incubators have helped make that possible! 

How can we help you?

Our team helps grow entrepreneurship in Missouri every day.

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