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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 DHA provides selected companies with funding, collaborative workspace, professional mentorship, and introductions to key healthcare stakeholders and investors in the Greater Philadelphia region. Participating companies accelerate from prototype development to customer acquisition. DHA curriculum matches companies to professionals with specific skills to help companies meet their individual milestones.
Competition for the program is fierce, we only accept six to seven companies per class. A diverse selection team comprised of of serial entrepreneurs and representatives of hospitals, the pharmaceutical industry, insurers/payers and investors select six to seven companies per class.
- Christina Lopes, Founder & CEO of The One Health Company, participant in the second DHA class
The DHA will help participating companies 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 submit regular progress reports. The DHA will provide additional assistance as follows:
Successful applicants will be ready to establish operations in the Greater Philadelphia region. Applicants will have a product at least at prototype stage. Applicants must be ready, during the period of the award, to deploy it to generate initial sales or partnerships, or to scale sales and marketing efforts. Companies that best demonstrate the following characteristics through existing or planned activities will be considered for the program. We will look for these elements in our selections, but not every company will have all of these characteristics:
The application deadline for the current period has closed.
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.
Flushable pregnancy tests, remote patient monitoring systems, augmented reality to prepare for emergency situations – these are among the seven technologies being developed by the third class of the University City Science Center’s Digital Health Accelerator (DHA).
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.
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: