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).
Advisory Board Members
Benefits for startups:
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.
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.
Get featured on Village Capital’s program website and other collateral.
The top four startups selected by peers will each receive a USD $50,000 grant.
2022 - May 2
2022 - May 31
Cohort Confirmed & Orientation
2022 - July
2022 - July - October
Four Startups Were Peer-Selected for Investment During Village Capital’s Innovations in Health Equity Accelerator
Village Capital, announced the peer-selected winners of its Innovations In Health Equity Accelerator: SpeechMED, Scripted, Strong Children Wellness, and Grapefruit Health.
Ten Startups Selected for Village Capital’s Innovations in Health Equity Accelerator
Village Capital, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Impact Ventures, an investment fund of the Johnson & Johnson Foundation, announced that 10 startups were selected to take part in Innovations in Health Equity, an accelerator program for early-stage startups reducing health disparities for people of color in the US.
Applications Open for New Health Equity Startup Accelerator
The program, Innovations in Health Equity, will be run with support from the California Health Care Foundation. Ten to twelve startups will be selected for the cohort, and the top four startups will receive grant funding of $50,000.
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