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Applications for the 2018 Digital Health Lab are now open! Apply today

PULSE brings a startup-friendly approach to accelerating the development of new digital health innovations. Through mutual-matchmaking, every PULSE startup connects with a Champion (institution, corporation, payor, etc.) to create unique digital health solutions. For the 2018 Digital Health Lab, PULSE is seeking startups that address the following topics: 

Administrative Burden I Aging I Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality (AR / VR) I Best in Digital Health I Biosensors I Brain Health I Capacity Management/ED Throughput I Cardiovascular Disease I Care Coordination I Care Team Support I Caregiving I Chronic Disease Management I Clinical Decision Support I Clinical Studies & Clinical Trial Recruitment I Cloud Services I Connected DevicesI COPD I Cybersecurity I Data Analytics/Big Data I Diabetes I Digital Health Based in Massachusetts I Food Insecurity I General Neurology I Genomics I Health Disparities I High Medical Costs I Holistic Health I Home Health Care I Interoperability I IoT I Machine Learning/AI I Manufacturing and Supply Chain I Medication Adherence I Mental Health I mHealth or Mobile Technologies I Neurodegenerative Disorders I New Care Delivery Models I Nutrition I Oncology I Opioid Abuse Support and Prevention I Parkinsons I Patient Access I Patient Education and Self-Management I Patient Engagement I Patient Experience I Patient Flow I Patient Generated Data I Patient Monitoring I Perioperative Operations I Psychiatry I Public Health I Rare and Orphan Diseases I Social Networking I Stroke I Telehealth I Traffic Crashes I Transitions of Care I Public HealthI Rare and Orphan Diseases I Reduce Medical Costs

As part of PULSE, participating startups have access to:

  • Free office space in the Longwood Medical area for a full year

  • Our community of experts & partners

  • More than $250k in zero-equity awards

Key 2018 dates

  • September 15, 2017 at 12pm (noon) ET: Early bird application deadline

  • October 10, 2017 at 12pm (noon) ET: Application deadline

  • December 5 - December 6, 2017: In-person matchmaking

  • December 13, 2017: 2018 cohort announced

  • January 9, 2018: First day of PULSE 2018 accelerator

How to apply

  1. Register by creating your user profile

  2. Create your startup profile

  3. Submit the application fee

  4. Complete and submit your application



PULSE provides more than $250K in zero-equity awards throughout the program:  

  • Up to $50K will be distributed in needs based scholarships to teams before the program.

  • At the end of the program, $200K will be distributed to the program winners.


We accept applications from digital health startups that have raised less than $5M in revenue and less than $5M in funding.  


We require that at least one team representative engages in our program and works out of our office space for one week or five non-consecutive days per month. You are not required to be based in Boston to apply or participate, and we will provide some scholarships to help offset the cost to travel for companies headquartered outside of Massachusetts. Other program requirements include:

  • Attend 3-out-of-4 cohort happy hours

  • Attend PULSE kick-off/orientation

  • Attend breakfast of champions (must be physically present)

  • Attend final judging (must be physically present)

  • Attend monthly goals & milestones check-ins (30-minute minimum per month)

  • Complete entrance, mid-year, and end-of-year program surveys

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