Who can apply?

Companies selected for the Digital Health Breakthrough Network must be:



Pre-Revenue or Pre-Series A Funding


Based in New York City

+50% of Full-Time Team Works in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, or The Bronx


With an innovative digital health technology

That presents a novel solution to a significant need in the health marketplace.



When can I apply?

The next application round will occur in SPRING 2018




Why apply?

NYCEDC and HITLAB have helped dozens early-stage health tech startups test, iterate, and develop their technologies and business strategies. Startups have built upon these insights to bring their technologies to market and broad use.

  • Since 2013, finalists in the HITLAB World Cup have gone on to raise more than $50 million in venture capital after participating in the competition.
  • Since launching in 2013, the Digital Health Marketplace (formerly Pilot Health Tech NYC) grant awardees have gone on to raise $170 million in venture funding, create more than 100 high-tech jobs, and impact the lives of countless patients in the city of New York.

Another distinguishing feature of the Network is there are no fees to apply or participate if selected, nor are there IP or equity commitments.



What if my company is selected? 

If selected, your team will meet HITLAB researchers to design a pilot study appropriate for your technology, the user, the buyer, and your phase of development. HITLAB will collaborate with Network Members to implement pilot studies, each varying in duration and location.


HITLAB Study Design

Advisory Board Input

Network Implementation


After the study, HITLAB staff will analyze results and provide suggestions for improving your technology. At your request, findings may be shared with Advisory Board members.

View the program rules and regulations here