Propel your vision forward

The Trailblazer HealthTech Accelerator is a dedicated platform for Ohio’s health care startups, offering targeted support and critical resources to fuel innovation and prepare startups for venture capital investment.

This 3-month intensive program helps ambitious startups accelerate their journey by providing intensive advising, significant non-dilutive funding for critical services, and unparalleled access to experts and resources.


Who Can Apply?

  • Startups based in Ohio or planning to relocate.
  • Startups with a venture-backable model or plans to develop one, with an understanding and willingness to pursue venture capital.
  • Founding teams with complementary skills and resources to achieve a minimum viable product (MVP).
  • Founders who are solving significant problems with the potential for high growth and scalability.
  • Startups with demonstrated initiative and tangible progress, supported by evidence of market validation.



Why Apply?

  • Gain 360-degree support with no fees or equity stakes required.
  • Receive up to $125K* in expert services to fast-track your startup from concept to commercialization.
  • Access dedicated EIRs for tailored advising and mentorship.
  • Work with subject matter experts and business analysts who understand the sector.
  • Learn from a targeted and proven education curriculum.
  • Enjoy lifelong entry to an influential alumni network.
  • Seize the chance to pitch to leading investors and corporates.

*JumpStart covers 100% of the first $50K of eligible expenses and 35% of the next $215K of eligible expenses.



Program Highlights

  • 3-month hybrid program blending virtual learning with in-person sessions.
  • Additional 2-month advising support by a dedicated EIR.
  • Regular cohort sessions for peer networking and collaborative growth.
  • An in-person showcase to conclude the program and present your progress.

A Curriculum For Growth

The HealthTech accelerator is designed to help you level up, providing a deep dive into regulatory, clinical, reimbursement and commercialization strategies. This includes quantifying clinical and economic potential and building a roadmap for commercialization to get your startup ready to raise capital, navigate the regulatory path and demonstrate commercial value.

Additionally, the three-month intensive prepares you to demonstrate the benefits or your solution to a range of healthcare stakeholders including physicians, patients, health systems, payers and commercial partners.


Meet The Experts

Surround your startup with industry leaders and health care experts. The accelerator provides direct access to seasoned entrepreneurs and sector specific advisors.

Afif Ghannoum

Chairman of BIOHM health; Founder of Small Co. Capital

Elizabeth Berezovsky

President and Founder of Red Oak Bio, LLC

Ethan Cohen

President of Cohen Consulting LLC

Gary Smith

President and CEO of INFINITY Angioplasty Balloon Co., LLC

Howard Greenman

JumpStart Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Digital Health)

Kaleigh Gallagher

Vice President, Tech Services and Network Management at JumpStart

Kevin Mendelsohn

Senior Venture Partner, Healthcare at JumpStart

Mark Valentine

CEO of Val-Mark Consulting

Mike Burke

Director of Rudolph Libbe

Shannon Lyons

Chief Operating Officer of Flashstarts

Taylor Aronhalt

JumpStart Entrepreneur-in-Residence (Healthcare Product Commercialization)

Virginia Ice Stewart

JumpStart Executive-in-Residence (Corporate Venture & Innovation)

Access Exclusive Services

Gain access to up to $125K in high-impact business and product development services through our Preferred Partner Program.

The Atticus Group
The Atticus Group works with medical technology and molecular diagnostic companies to assist in the development of comprehensive strategic plans and tactical marketing solutions that drive revenue growth.

CSSi LifeSciences
CSSi LifeSciences is an innovative regulatory consulting group specializing in advancing therapeutics and medical device technologies through development and regulatory approval.

JALEX Medical
JALEX Medical is a medical device development company offering full-service support to clients from concept to commercialization for Class I and Class II medical devices.

oBuilds is a custom-software development firm working extensively in the healthcare space, with a track record of producing HIPAA-compliant mobile apps, web applications and analytics tools.

Project Medtech
Project Medtech harnesses years of experience in business and product development to bring together some of the most influential industry stakeholders from across the world to share their expertise.

Realizability is experienced in prototyping, manufacturing strategy and launch strategy with expertise in medical device design and development, as well as consumer packaged goods.

Smartshape Design
Smartshape Design offers vertically integrated services including strategic innovation, product design/development and integrated manufacturing optimized for increased speed-to-market.

WynHouse Software LLC
WynHouse provides market validation and customer discovery services, buildout of software products and design/development of brand guidelines, logos and websites.

Trailblazer HealthTech Accelerator Application

Check back soon! Applications for the Trailblazer HealthTech Accelerator will reopen later this year.