Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge

Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge

Hofstra University was awarded funding in September 2017 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s selective i6 Challenge grant program to launch the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge.  The Challenge focuses on inspiring entrepreneurs to develop real-world solutions to health problems in underserved communities in downstate New York.

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A Steering Committee formed of public health experts co-chaired by Dr. Martine Hackett, Associate Professor of Health Professions, and Dr. Anthony Santella, Assistant Professor of Health Professions, selects an annual Challenge topic.  In 2018, the Challenge topic is “Empowering Patients and Communities” to seek market-driven solutions that reimagine relationships between patients, communities, and healthcare providers.  Innovations should promote health equity and address the differences in health status that exist by race/ethnicity, class, and geography.  The goal of this Challenge is to improve patient satisfaction, quality and safety, lower healthcare costs, and advance population health.  The Challenge will connect participating entrepreneurs with communities to test and develop their products.  Participating entrepreneurs will receive mentorship, participate in a Bootcamp, and showcase and pitch their innovations at a Regional Symposium on October 2, 2018. 

The partners and sponsors of the Healthcare Entrepreneurship Community Challenge include the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship, the Hofstra School of Health Professions and Human Services, the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, Northwell Ventures, Digital Remedy, the Office of the Provost, and the Frank G. Zarb School of Business.