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Funding, space, mentorship and connections for market and sales development
The Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator (DHA) supports digital health companies ready to transition from research and development to sales. The program selects promising companies from around the world and provides them with funding, collaborative workspace, professional mentorship, and introductions to key healthcare stakeholders and investors in the Greater Philadelphia region. Competition for the program is fierce – we only accept six to seven companies per class. Companies are selected by a group of serial entrepreneurs and experts representing hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, insurers/payers and investors. Participating companies are accelerated from prototype development to customer acquisition. The Digital Health Accelerator curriculum matches DHA companies to professionals with specific skills to help the companies meet their individual milestones.
- Anthony Ortiz, CEO of Fitly, a graduate of the DHA’s inaugural class.
Successful applicants will be ready to establish operations in the Greater Philadelphia region and have a prototype that needs the DHA’s help to grow in the U.S. healthcare market and increase revenue through sales, partnerships and grants. Applicants must be willing to take advantage of the coaching and mentoring provided by the DHA and be willing to submit regular reports on their progress. The DHA will provide additional assistance as follows:
Imagine enrolling your ill pet in a clinical trial – for free. Or getting treatment for a chronic wound without going to the doctor’s office. These technologies are among those being developed by the six promising startups in the second class of the Digital Health Accelerator (DHA). They were selected from among a field of companies from all over the country, and the world.
The DHA received funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration to support its second class and to continue its policy of inclusion. Of the six companies in the second DHA class, three are women- or minority-owned.
Grand Round Table emails primary care providers a daily summary about their scheduled patient follow-ups so they can better manage high-risk patients, keeping them out of the hospital.
Applicants will have a product at least at prototype stage, and be ready, during the period of the award, to deploy it to generate initial sales or partnerships, or to scale sales and marketing efforts. Awards will be granted to companies that best demonstrate the following characteristics through existing or planned activities. We will look for these elements in our selections, but not every company will have all of these characteristics:
If you are unsure if you are a digital health company at the right stage of development to apply, or if you have other questions, please contact Program Manager Aron Starosta at DHA [at] sciencecenter.org.
The Digital Health Accelerator is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Growth Accelerator Fund. The DHA has also received support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Community and Economic Development.
The Selection Committee includes representatives from: