The IO Healthtech Pre-Accelerator (Pilot)

  • With the support of sponsors

  • Logan Katz
  • MDK

The IO Healthtech Pre-Accelerator Program (Pilot)

If you are thinking about developing a digital solution to improve a patient’s quality of life, you may have the makings of a Healthtech entrepreneur! Whether you are building a telemedicine solution for remote communities, someone who envisions a wireless medical device, or want to help follow a patient’s recovery through a mobile medical app, this program could be for you.

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About the Program

Developed and facilitated by entrepreneurs with a proven track record in the Heathtech, industry experts and healthcare professionals, The IO Healthtech Pre-Accelerator (Pilot) combines the fundamentals of building a tech startup with the nuances unique to developing and marketing health products, including how to navigate institutional policies, hierarchical and administrator-driven systems, and complex regulatory requirements.

Digital Health Categories

This program will cater to the following Digital Health Categories:

Mobile health (mhealth)

Health information technology (IT)

Wearable devices

Telehealth and telemedicine

Personalized medicine

Other HealthTech innovations

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It has helped build some structure, discover insights that we didn’t know before… The entrepreneurial environment fuels my motivation every day. Being able to network, ask help at any time, and e to grow along the other companies is an invaluable experience.

Alberto Aguilar

This course far exceeded my expectations. It was the best $250 I spent this year. It is like a do-over for my business. I started it with an idea, but there is so much I didn’t know. Now I have a better plan. I only wish I had taken the class months ago. Donna was a superstar. I was simultaneously nervous of what she would say (as proof I was on the wrong track) but so eager to hear her insight. In all my years I’ve never seen someone who could both pick apart an idea, and then help you reconstruct it. It is masterful.

John Stroud

[The IO Pre-Accelerator Program has] Tremendously impacted our company. It has really helped us to narrow in our priorities and has helped to boost the credibility and visibility of our company. I have appreciated the balance of candid advice and encouragement we have received. Nurtured Life has learned so much. Thank you!

Michelle Coates Mather
Nurtured Life

Meet the Cohorts

What You Get


10 workshops of 3 hours each week, where some of Ottawa’s leading entrepreneurs, renowned experts and startup mentors will cover foundational elements of every successful tech company.



Mentorship & Market Intelligence

One-on-one mentorship hours with Invest Ottawa’s Early Stage Advisors comprised of tried-and-true former entrepreneurs and industry experts. Additionally, our in-house Market Insights team will work with your team to provide market intelligence in industry-specific market research and analysis, as well as curated leads within your target market.


Work space

Drop-in access for the duration of the program to Invest Ottawa’s accelerator space will allow you to enjoy desk spaces and meeting rooms, free wifi, and most importantly, the startup community at Bayview Yards.



Working within one of Ottawa’s most desired tech startup community lends itself to daily networking activities: meeting other startup founders, brainstorming solutions to problems, introductions to the stakeholders and influencers in Ottawa’s tech startup ecosystem. The opportunities are endless. Let serendipity unfold.

Apply Now

Apply today or contact Erin Seegmiller at [email protected] to learn more about how we can support your startup.


  • → Introduction to the Program & Founders Roundtable
  • → Customer Discovery and Market Opportunity
  • → Business Canvas
  • → Regulatory Environment
  • → Pricing, Distribution, Reimbursement & Procurement
  • → Marketing & Positioning
  • → Funding Fundamentals
  • → Optimizing Operations & IP

The program will finish with a pitch contest to investors, academia, hospital executives, and industry experts. Outside of these sessions, founders will be invited meet with advisors one-on-one and participate in additional roundtable meetings with the experts.

Participants will be required to attend weekly half-day sessions, as well as additional one-to-one meetings with various experts and advisors. They will also be expected to commit time to work on different aspects of the business weekly during the program.