Health Accelarators emerged in 2011 as a natural outcome of converging trends across the landscapes of health care and technology startups. These programs aim to helop entrepreneurs accelerate the launch and growth of new health technology companies by providing combinations of capital, strategic guidance, and business support. Since first appearing in San Francisco, Chicago and New York, health-specific accelerator programs have been launched throughout the US and abroad, providing a range of options for young companies based on location, program features, amount and structure of capital, specialized focus, and strategic ties to the market. By the end of 2013, health accelerator graduates and active participants will number in the hundreds adn there could be more than 20 programs in operation worldwide.
This report provides a window into the evolving landscape of health accelerators, as well as perspectives from industry thought leaders on opportunities to maximize the value of health accelerators and improve the chances of success for health technology entrepreneurs.