Programs for Entrepreneurs

Pilot Health Tech NYC

A marketplace for health technologies that offers matchmaking, technical assistance, and competitive awards to defray the cost of pilot projects

Pilot Health Tech NYC

Now entering its third year, Pilot Health Tech NYC seeks to partner early-stage health and healthcare technology companies ('innovators') with key NYC healthcare service organizations and stakeholders ('hosts'), including hospitals, physician clinics, payors, pharma companies, nursing associations, large employers, large retailers, disease foundations, and community health centers. A marketplace for health technologies, Pilot Health Tech NYC helps to connect these players through matchmaking, technical assistance, and $1 million in competitive awards to defray the cost of pilot projects.

Pilot Health Tech NYC was developed by NYCEDC in partnership with Health 2.0. The program is designed to leverage NYC's high concentration of healthcare organizations and its robust tech sector to drive business growth and job creation while equipping caregivers with the tools they need to improve patient outcomes.

2015 Program

The 2015 program will consist of two independent components: the matchmaking program and the funding program.

The matchmaking program will selectively identify innovative companies to directly address needs expressed by participating hospitals, clinics, payors and other potential customers. Two matchmaking sessions will be held each year to connect innovators and stakeholders.

The funding program will seek applications from innovator and host pairs who have partnered with each other to carry out a pilot project. A panel of expert judges will review the applications and evaluate the submissions based on publicly established criteria. Selected pilot projects will receive funding from NYCEDC, totaling $1,000,000 over three years.

Apply to Find A Pilot Partner for the 2015 Program

The deadline for applications to participate in the first matchmaking session is October 8th, with the first matchmaking session to take place in New York City on October 28th. Apply using the Pilot Partner online form

The second matchmaking sessions will follow in May 2016. If you have any questions about the matchmaking process, please direct your questions to

Program Goals

The program aims to:

  1. Encourage the development and scaling of new technologies to improve clinical care, reduce care costs, and boost consumer wellness
  2. Assist early-stage technology companies in building long-lasting relationships with existing NYC healthcare stakeholders
  3. Lay the groundwork for the creation and growth of new businesses in NYC

The program helps innovators and hosts “match” with each other through facilitated matchmaking sessions and seeks innovators and hosts to submit joint proposals for innovative pilot projects.

Prizes & Perks

Up to $1,000,000 in total awards, plus workshops, recognition, and conference demos:

  • Pilot Health Tech NYC will fund up to 50% of the cost of winning pilots, up to a maximum value determined by the complexity of the pilot.

Winners will also receive the following:

  • In-kind donation of services or resources from your partner 'host' or 'innovator,' including staff hours, IT resources, physician input, access to data, and other costs associated with the pilot.
  • Pilot planning and implementation support from the program organizers, NYCEDC, and Health 2.0
  • Invitation to Grantee Day, an exclusive event for winners of the program, where 'hosts' and 'innovators' receive additional mentorship, enjoy networking, and benefit from PR assistance and legal advice. Grantee Day helps winners ready their pilots for launch, with expert speakers providing guidance on measurement, evaluation, and other best practices.
  • Participation and promotion in major health events and conferences 

Past Pilot Health Tech NYC Winners

View the winners from the 2013 and 2014 Pilot Health Tech NYC competitions. 

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