Healthcare Ecosphere at Venture Development

Driving Innovation in Healthcare.
Introducing Entrepreneurs to Hospitals Seeking Innovative Solutions.

The Healthcare Ecosphere (HCE) has been developed by Venture Development and Innovate Niagara as a specialized program for the Niagara Region Healthcare Ecosystem, adopted from the experiences and process developed by VentureLab and Southlake Hospital in York Region, that connects hospitals with entrepreneurs, together with health services providers and academic institutions necessary, to guide and develop the unique innovations needed by healthcare organizations.

How does it work?

  • Partner hospitals share their needs with the local HCE team.
  • Entrepreneurs apply to a call for expressions of interest, by outlining their solution and providing an overview of themselves, their business, and their innovation.
  • Selected entrepreneurs present their innovation at a Healthcare Ecosphere event where partnering hospitals listen to the pitches.
  • After the event, the hospitals select entrepreneurs to introduce to their clinical teams. Their goal is to explore collaboration to solve real hospital problems.

If you are an entrepreneur with a healthcare-related innovation (or a technology, service or product that may assist with future innovations), the Venture Development Healthcare Ecosphere program may be right for you.

Become a Venture Development resident and/or Innovate Niagara member and join our community to participate in our innovative programs.

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