Reaching Health Equity

It is more clear than ever that health systems lack transparency, trust, and meaningful improvement to provide access and quality to all.

It is more clear than ever that the effect of public health challenges are felt most among people of color, indigenous, rural, LGBTQ and so many other underserved communities.

It is more clear than ever that now is the time to accelerate public health innovation through entrepreneurship to bring power to the people.

Application Deadline: May 27th, 2022

Accelerator Overview

What is the Public Health Innovation Accelerator?

The Accelerator is an 8-week program that transforms early-stage ideas and prototypes into market ready ventures with public health impact. Venture teams are brought into a collaborative community of mentors, speakers, and peers who support each others development. All online. At no cost.

What do we do?

8 venture teams will be chosen via applications and we offer weekly lectures and coaching with multi-sectoral leaders from around the world to help venture teams reach objectives during and beyond the Accelerator.

Program Stages

Co-Creating with the Community

Start Date: 6.8.22

Human-Centered Design & Prototyping

Public Health Evaluation Planning

Market Research & Financial Forecasting

Demo Day Presentations

7.28.22

Who we are looking for and requirements

  • Venture teams with at least an initial prototype that are looking to move into the next stages in order to launch or grow a new product, service, or organization.
  • Co-founders with complementary talents: public health, science and engineering, tech development, business, finance, marketing, art and design, etc.
  • We encourage startups from any sector to apply. Startups can be nonprofit, for-profit or hybrid ventures.
    There is no equity requirement.

2021 Demo Day Top Ventures

MUFG 1st Place Prize

$5,000

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2nd Place Prize

$3,000

3rd Place Prize

$2,000

Ventures at Firefly Innovations

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A culturally tailored and AI-assisted telemental health platform, connecting Indigenous clients to Indigenous therapists.

2020 Designathon and 2021 Accelerator 

Austin Serio

Sutton King

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Virtual mental healthcare that connects new and expectant POC women at risk for postpartum depression with culturally competent mental health resources.

2020 Accelerator

Lauren Elliott

Pooja Umathe

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White-label mental health programs for counseling groups, NGOs and governments across Africa.

2020 Designathon

David Henia

Alex Royea

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The Yelp of consumer health technology or the ZocDoc of digital care, Digital Health Review is on a mission to drive health equity through access.

2021 Designathon

Blair Hirst

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A cloud platform where PoC-led organizations discover data, share analysis, gain funding and team up to tackle racial equity issues together to deepen impact.

2021 Designathon

Meme Style

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Patented graphene technology to develop a safe, breathable, and reusable mask that effectively blocks virus-containing microdroplets.

2020 Accelerator

Linh Le

Accelerator Mentors and Speakers

Erin Hagan

DEPUTY DIRECTOR EVIDENCE FOR ACTION

Desiree Elder

EXECUTIVE VISIONARY, THE DREAM CENTER HARLEM

Cynthia Vance

ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROFESSOR, START UP MENTOR, ANGEL INVESTOR

Ashish Joshi

SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN OF ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS, AND PROFESSOR, CUNY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTH POLICY

Julia Fisher

INVESTMENT ANALYST, VILLAGE CAPITAL

Enrique Shadah

Founding Director, Expert Collective Cooperative

Nicholas Hoffmann

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEALTHCARE BANKING, MUFG

Olivia Chioma Elee

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT EXPERT

Get to Know + About Us

Philosophy

We are passionate about cultivating entrepreneurs and connecting innovation opportunities and resources in underserved communities that can most benefit from innovation. Technology, systems innovations, and new business models focused on the social and environmental determinants of health and tailored to community needs are necessary for achieving ambitious public health goals and narrowing health disparities. We believe in a trans-disciplinary approach to public health innovation by bringing entrepreneurs together with mentors, public health experts, systems change experts, tech partners, investors and researchers from a wide range of fields who are dedicated to helping communities transform ideas into reality.

Our Ventures

Participating ventures come from any sector and produce public health impact. Venture teams can be a nonprofit, for-profit or social ventures. Teams are made up of all backgrounds and disciplines. Ventures do not have to be in the health sector or be made up of health professionals to qualify. Whether participants are scientists, lawyers, marketers, engineers, artists, students or teachers, they all become public health entrepreneurs through this accelerator.

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