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HealthSpark Accelerator

Accelerating digital and telehealth solutions that empower rural healthcare.

HealthSpark Accelerator Speakers

Our speakers are leaders in business development, entrepreneurship, financing, healthcare, innovation, product management, and tech transfer. View the complete list. 


Aashima Gupta

Aashima Gupta

Director, Global Healthcare Solutions, Google Cloud
Nancy Dickey

Nancy Dickey, MD

Executive Director, Texas A&M University Rural and Community Health Institute
Peter Rasmussen, MD

Peter Rasmussen, MD

Chief Clinical Officer, The Clinic, By Cleveland Clinic
Casey Cowell

Casey Cowell

Co-founder, U.S. Robotics; Principal, Boomerang Catapult
Cathy Lester

Cathy Lester

Executive Director of Healthcare, Verizon Enterprise Solutions
Elif Oker

Elif Oker, MD

Clinical Officer of Exponential Technologies Center of Excellence, Anthem
Gregory VandenBosch

Gregory VandenBosch

Founder, CEO & Director, HealthBridge
Ed Ness

Ed Ness

President & CEO, Munson Healthcare

Keynote Presentations

The HealthSpark Accelerator keynote presentations are provided by national leaders in healthcare transformation. Many of these virtual events are open to the public.

Accelerating digital and telehealth solutions that empower rural healthcare

A 20Fathoms initiative, the HealthSpark Accelerator empowers digital and telehealth startups to navigate the complex healthcare industry and successfully introduce their products.

The 12-week virtual program runs April 12 – June 30.

What to Expect

Participating digital and telehealth companies will engage with healthcare experts across the business spectrum to learn how to bridge operational and delivery gaps.  Successful participants will graduate with a more robust and networked company as well as the knowledge and preparation to execute a pilot with a rural hospital system.

Opportunities are available for rural healthcare providers, mentors, angel and venture investors, corporates, and strategic partners.

Participating Companies and Eligibility Criteria

The HealthSpark Accelerator is for pre-seed, seed, and A-round digital and telehealth companies who are looking to hone their value proposition, expand their knowledge of rural healthcare systems, and vastly expand their network.

HealthSpark Accelerator Sessions Include

  • Clinical application
  • Rural vs urban health systems
  • Finance & budgeting
  • Fundraising, venture capital, & strategic investors
  • Barriers to adoption
  • Privacy & security
  • Engaging rural hospitals
  • Product development cycle
  • Purchasing decisions
  • Regulatory
  • Reimbursement
  • Sponsorship
  • Supply chain
  • Value props: honing & pitching
  • Pilot study design
  • Enterprise roll-out


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