Village Capital

Innovations in Health Equity

An accelerator to reduce health disparities for people of color in the US

About the program

The United States is home to major disparities in healthcare access and quality. Racial and ethnic minority groups have the highest rates of illness and death across most major health conditions, and access to care is limited in many low-income communities.

The Innovations in Health Equity program will support 10-12 entrepreneurs focused on improving health equity for BIPOC, low income, or other underserved communities in the US.



  • We are seeking startups in the US that are doing at least one of the following:

    • Increasing access to healthcare delivery and services;

    • Improving the quality of healthcare;

    • Supporting the efficiency, effectiveness, and wellbeing of frontline healthcare workers.

  • Must be legally incorporated in the US as a for-profit entity; with at least one full-time founder based in the US; operations in the US market, an MVP, under $1.5 million in equity; and meaningful customer or business validation (e.g., revenue, successful pilots, number of users, and/or strategic partnerships).

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Cohort Companies

Advisory Board Members

Abner Mason
Abner Mason
Founder & CEO, SameSky Health
Payal Parikh
Payal Parikh
Associate, Unseen Capital
Anna Fagin
Anna Fagin
Principal, Town Hall Ventures
Vince Barragan
Vincent Barragan
Investment Director, Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures
Ali Malik
Ali Malik
Head of New Markets & Implementations, Cityblock Health
Ella Schwartz
Ella Schwartz
Senior Program Investment Officer, California Health Care Foundation
Michael Penn
Michael Penn
Founding Partner, Health Equity Ventures
Janet Boachie
Janet Boachie
Impact Investing Fellow, California Health Care Foundation

Benefits for startups:

Maze mentoring


Network with mentors ranging from investors to potential strategic partners and customers.



Build deep connections with other founders in your cohort and our larger Village Capital investor and alumni network.

Pen and pencil


Join interactive sessions tailored to help your company identify early milestones and prepare for your next round of capital.



Work with an investment analyst who will coach you 1:1 on building a financial model, identifying unit economics, and using financial metrics.

Alarm clock


Get featured on Village Capital’s program website and other collateral.

Best in class


The top four startups selected by peers will each receive a USD $50,000 grant.

Program Timeline

Applications Open

2022 - May 2

Applications Close

2022 - May 31

Cohort Confirmed & Orientation

2022 - July


2022 - July - October

Learn more about mentoring with Village Capital

Frequently asked question

1. What is the main goal of the program?


2. Do you take equity for participating in the program?


3. How many companies will be accepted to the program?


4. Am I eligible if I have operations outside of the US?