Healthcare · Accelerators

Best healthcare accelerator?

Chloe Hartford Cofounder/CMO at USalesy

September 30th, 2015

A friend of mine is in need of a healthcare accelerator. I have been doing some research for her [I do not have much experience in the healthcare industry], so I am curious if others have had any experience with the following accelerators & which would you recommend using & why: [Medstatr, Startup Health, Blueprint Health, Healthbox, Prebacked, & Rock Health]

Don Chartier

September 30th, 2015

Try Matter in Chicago.

Mary Wheeler Corporate Development and Venture Investing, Life Sciences

September 30th, 2015

It depends on what kind of healthcare and if you want to be based in a certain region.  Out here in the Bay Area: IndieBio, Breakout Labs (and the Rock Health community for digital health) and also YC takes healthcare companies.  If they have a Stanford affiliation, StartXMed.

Sam Glassenberg Chief Executive Officer

September 30th, 2015

Agree with Don - Matter in Chicago is excellent.

Candice Hughes, PhD, MBA

October 5th, 2015

I am a digital health entrepreneur and I graduated from a non-industry specific accelerator, The Refinery. However, I am also curious about what people think of health-focused accelerators. I receive a lot of information from StartupHealth and they seem quite active yet no one other than the initial query has mentioned them. I see several people mentioned blueprint health so will have to investigate that one. I would love to know if anyone actually went through any of these health-focused programs and if they thought it was beneficial, especially in terms of making connections.

Kristi Otto CEO Inspire Living

October 6th, 2015

Healthcare startups that want to do anything in the medical industry should do their homework and participating in an accelarator is a great way to not only gain valuable connections, mentors, but to dig deep into the regulatory process, FDA clearances, reimbursement strategies, if applicable, what will it take for you to succeed in the medical space. and most importantly there are liabilities for any CEO in the medical space that you should be aware of.  A 'blunder' could be VERY costly .  All the more reason to do your homework on an accelerator program if you are accepted. 

Kym McNicholas TV Host, Tech Jounalist, Director of Extreme Tech Challenge, Host of KDOW Radio's NewFocus On Innovation

September 30th, 2015

I would check with brian roberts from venrock - he's #1 investor in healthcare sector. venrock's team would probably have a good idea.

Chris Gorges Managing Director, Infinia Group // Founder, Biddlist

September 30th, 2015

Check out Iron Yard in South Carolina. Deep connections to Mayo Clinic and Abbott Labs.

Joe Milam Entrepreneur | Sales Professional | Business Connection Catalyst

September 30th, 2015

I agree with Chris, I suggest the Iron Yard as well in Spartanburg SC.

Samantha Batista Associate at Partnership Fund for New York City

September 30th, 2015

I run the digital health accelerator program at the partnership fund for New York City - some startups have participated in blueprint health then came onto to our program afterwards

Carl Conard Senior Software Architect

September 30th, 2015

The Sprint Accelerator ( in Kansas City has some healthcare graduates. Not to mention, Cerner, one of the world's largest Healthcare IT companies is located in KC.