Over 200 companies applied. 10 were selected. Join us for Pitch Day on November 3rd and place your vote for the most innovative company.

Companies Selected to Participate

What is Health+Accel?

The Health+Accel 2017 program is focused on solutions for Aging Well; the idea that healthy living and increased longevity can be achieved without sacrificing independence or autonomy. Our mission is to bring innovative solutions to market that change lives and improve aging well.

Health+Accel is a one-week intense workshop taking place from October 30th to November 3rd at the GuideWell Innovation CoRE. During the first four days, entrepreneurs will obtain insight into the dynamic needs and relationships between insurers and providers, discover unique opportunities within the space and explore best practices from experienced industry leaders. Health+Accel will conclude on Friday, November 3rd, with a pitch competition where entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their aging well solutions to health executives, investors, and business leaders. A $20,000 cash prize will be awarded to the participating company with the best pitch.

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What is Aging Well?

Aging Well is the idea that healthy living and increased longevity can be achieved without sacrificing independence or autonomy. Aging Well solutions allow individuals to age with dignity on their own terms and remain in the homes and communities of their choice for as long as possible.

Solutions should empower individuals to take control of their health on a personal level as well as within their homes and communities through both B2B and consumer-facing products, programs and services that focus on maintaining a sense of connectedness, productivity and safety.

Focus Areas

Health+Accel is looking for innovative solutions related to Aging Well within the healthcare space that focus on one or more of the following key areas:

  • Wellness & Vitality
  • Digital Health
  • Caregiver Support
  • Intelligent Homes & Communities
  • Social Engagement
  • Spirituality & Mindfulness
  • Individual Health Management
  • Education & Navigation

Benefits for Participating Companies

Powerful Insights

The healthcare and insurance industry is an ever-changing environment that can be difficult to navigate. Learn more about the dynamic needs and relationships between payers and providers, discover unique opportunities within the space, and explore best practices from experienced industry leaders.

Actionable Coaching

Success in the market is much more than creating a quality product. Entrepreneurs must equip themselves with the tools and resources necessary to distinguish themselves from competitors and communicate value to customers and investors alike. Receive expert-level coaching that aligns with the needs of the healthcare industry as you refine your Business Model Canvas and pitch.

Meaningful Connections

Accessing capital and industry resources can be all that stands in your way of taking your product to the next level. Connect with likeminded professionals as well as GuideWell’s talented team of innovators and executives through daily networking events and pitch your product to a room full of some of the region’s top investors in the healthcare space.

Funding and Recognition

Behind every business is a story, it just needs a platform to be told. Participating entrepreneurs will have their stories featured by GuideWell and the opportunity to speak directly to investors and executives within the space. Those selected to participate will receive a travel stipend to cover the costs of attending and the winner of the pitch competition will be rewarded with a $20,000.00 cash prize.

Program Timeline

Phase 1

August 11

Application Deadline

Phase 2

August - September 2017

Participant Selection

Phase 3

October 30 - November 2, 2017

Health+Accel Workshop

Phase 4

November 3, 2017

Pitch Day

Applications

Eligibility

Over 200 innovative companies applied to participate and were required to share the following foundational attributes:

  • A team of qualifed individuals committed to the long-term success of the venture
  • Market ready product or service
  • A business model that supports growth
  • A strong desire to expand within the healthcare space

Selection

Health+Accel applications were scored against a pre-determined criteria which evaluated the viability and potential of a product by a selection committee composed of GuideWell executives, industry experts, and potential investors. Qualifying applications answered the following questions:

Value Proposition

  • How does your product support the idea of Aging Well?
  • What specifc benefits does it offer?
  • What sets is apart from currently available options?

Strength of Team

  • How qualified is your team?
  • What past indicators of success prove that you are capable of accomplishing your mission?
  • How are you prepared for growth?

Business Model

  • What is the purpose of your business?
  • How do you plan to capture and deliver value to your customers?
  • What is your strategy for success and how do you plan to achieve your goals?

Market Opportunity

  • Who are your customers?
  • What unfullfilled need, want or demand does your product address?
  • How big is the market and what is your team’s capacity to meet the demand?

Revenue Model

  • How does your product generate revenue?
  • What is your pricing structure and who pays for it?
  • How do you deliver value to your investors?

Program Schedule

DAY 1

October 30, 2017

The healthcare and insurance industry is an ever-changing environment that can be difficult to navigate. Learn more about the dynamic needs and relationships between payers and providers, discover unique opportunities within the space, and explore best practices from experienced industry leaders.

DAY 2

October 31, 2017

Learn about the health industry landscape from experts in the field as they discuss different perspectives on the needs and relationships between payers and providers. After lunch, you’ll hear from experienced entrepreneurs who have found success in the healthcare space followed by a networking dinner event.

DAY 3

November 01, 2017

Receive Business Model Canvas coaching and mentoring from experienced professionals in preparation for Pitch Day and enjoy another evening event to connect.

DAY 4

November 02, 2017

Refine your canvas and practice your pitch with the help of available coaches and mentors followed by a free evening to relax, explore or continue preparing for Pitch Day.

PITCH DAY

November 03, 2017

Itinerary

9:00 a.m. Registration, coffee and expo

9:45 a.m. Welcome and keynotes

11:00 a.m. Pitch competition and winner announcement

1:00 p.m. Expo, networking and lunch

2:00 p.m. Optional tours of the GuideWell Innovation Center

Keynote Speakers

  • Michelle MaaloufAdvisorAging 2.0
  • Sarah IselinSenior Vice President & Chief Strategy OfficerGuideWell