Call for Applications for Class 4 of the Digital Health Breakthrough Network

New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and HITLAB are recruiting their fourth class of companies for the Digital Health Breakthrough Network, an initiative to help startups test their products and strengthen collaboration between the City’s healthcare and technology sectors. The Digital Health Breakthrough Network conducts pilot studies that test products’ real-world feasibility, design, and commercial potential.

Launched in 2016, the network already has helped twelve young startups conduct rapid pilot studies and move their products closer to market. Recent successes have included Bonbouton, Quio, and Droice Labs. Selected startups receive research on their products performed in real-world clinical settings, providing companies with the opportunities to gather evidence and understand potential challenges before moving too far along in the development process.

Startups face a real challenge when it comes to efficiently testing healthcare products and services with real patients,” said NYCEDC President and CEO James Patchett. “The Digital Health Breakthrough Network helps address these barriers and offers a collaborative solution. Through support for study design, pilot test site collaborations, and reporting improvements, we’re offering a unique way for startups to get an edge in the competitive digital health landscape

Companies are eligible to apply if they are pre series-A funding, based in New York City, and developing innovative digital health technologies that address serious marketplace needs. Startups are encouraged to apply at

“HITLAB is proud to partner with NYCEDC on such an important project,” says Laura Pugliese, Deputy Director of Innovation Research at HITLAB. “We recognize that most early-stage startups looking to improve healthcare don’t have the resources they need to test their products. The Digital Health Breakthrough Network makes it easier for startups to understand how real patients might actually interact with the services they create.”

The application period runs through June 15th, with applications accepted on a rolling basis. There is no cost to apply or participate. The program expects to announce a new class of four startups in July. More information can be found at


New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) is the city’s primary vehicle for promoting economic growth in each of the five boroughs. NYCEDC’s mission is to stimulate growth through expansion and redevelopment programs that encourage investment, generate prosperity, and strengthen the city’s competitive position. NYCEDC serves as an advocate to the business community by building relationships with companies that allow them to take advantage of New York City’s many opportunities. Find NYCEDC on Facebook, follow on Twitter, or visit the corporation’s blog to learn more about NYCEDC projects and initiatives.


HITLAB is an innovation and teaching lab dedicated to improving the quality and accessibility of healthcare worldwide. HITLAB helps leading organizations ideate, create, and evaluate technology-based solutions to pressing healthcare challenges. HITLAB’s team of public health professionals, anthropologists, statisticians, clinicians, engineers, economists, strategists, and designers is determined to address healthcare needs across the globe. HITLAB works with a wide variety of stakeholders in both the public and private sectors to design and disseminate studies, programs, and products that improve healthcare access and delivery. For more information, visit