Initiative designed to boost startup potential
ATLANTA, November 4, 2015 – Forge is launching Founders Forum, a threemonth initiative to fund digital health startups and help them launch clinical or enterprise pilots at Emory and the Atlanta VA Medical Center.
“Forge powers Atlanta’s healthcare startup community,” said Dr. Arash Harzand, Forge CoFounder and Strategy Director. “Founders Forum is our biggest effort yet in our mission to help digital health startups build relationships, identify unmet needs, and build pathways into the healthcare system.”
Startups in the Founders Forum program will access mentors, networking, and demo opportunities. The program will begin in January 2016 and will take place in Atlanta. Startups also receive free access to collaborative workspace and $5,000 to $20,000 of seed funding. Forge takes no equity.
“The goal of the Founders Forum is to connect five startups with mentors, healthcare stakeholders, tech industry leaders, and investors from across the country,” said Shawna Hagen, Forge Program Manager leading the Founders Forum. “We are looking for two or more founders with strong domain expertise who are building software or a software/hardware hybrid company. Founders must relocate to Atlanta for the duration of the program.” The Founders Forum will conclude in March with a demo day where startups pitch to investors, payers, CIOs, physicians, and industry stakeholders.
Applications for Founders Forum close at midnight on November 13th. Selected founders will be notified second week of December.
Forge helps startups solve the most challenging problems in healthcare by connecting founders, clinicians, investors, and mentors. Forge’s partners include the Emory University School of Medicine, the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation, Georgia Tech VentureLab, and Edelman. For more information, visit www.forgehealth.org or follow @forgehealth .