Bringing Innovation to Life®

We strive to create a better, healthier future by progressing healthcare and life science innovations

Life-long relationships

We thrive on personal trust and connections with entrepreneurs and stay connected with our founders, working with them as they need our help, investing time and resources across all development stages.

Life Science expertise

Risk is inherent in biomedical technology and lifescience investments and it can take over eight years to get a product to market. While other healthcare accelerators tend to steer clear of this area, XLerateHealth embraces this sector with a bench of experts in each area.

Growing digital health & technology

We support startups across the full spectrum of digital health, telemedicine, and mhealth technologies. Digital technology is a key growth engine for the future of healthcare and we offer a broad range of expertise to support these innovations.

From the lab to life

XLerateHealth has expertise in taking what academics and clinicians put together and moving concepts from lab to market through a targeted customer discovery process that helps entrepreneurs understand the potential for their idea, research, or technology.

Personal and tailored

In real life entrepreneurship, there is not a one-size-fits-all solution. XLerateHealth creates a personal, collaborative and flexible culture versus the formalized, corporate nature of some other startup programs.

Our History

January - XLH launched its Pre-Accelerator program.

January - XLH and its affiliate, the XLerator Network, partnered with Jackson State University and the University of Kentucky to launch the "SBIR/STTR Readiness Program" - a program designed to address and fill the gaps that exist in many HBCUs and other minority serving institutions related to underserved and underrepresented entrepreneurs' preparedness to successfully apply for and receive SBIR/STTR funding.

February - XLH was selected as one of the "Best & Most Active United States Entrepreneurship Programs".

March - XLH was recognized by Tellescope as one of the “20 Digital Health Accelerators to Know for 2022".

July - 8 startups were accepted into the 2022 XLH Flint Accelerator.

July - XLH was selected as one of the "Top 19 Health Startup Accelerators”.

August - 8 startups were accepted into the 2022 XLH Louisville Accelerator.

August - XLH and its affiliate, the XLerator Network, partnered with the University of Kentucky and was awarded the first phase of a potential $3.25M multi-year grant by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the IDeA Regional Entrepreneurship Development (I-RED) Program. This second STTR grant continues XLH's entrepreneurial commercialization work in the southeast region (KY, WV, SC, MS, AR, LA and Puerto Rico) with faculty, researchers, and students.

August - XLH was recognized for a second time as one of the “20 Digital Health Accelerators to Know for 2022”.

September - XLH received a supplemental grant from the NIH to develop a curriculum providing business and operational training to NIH-funded core facilities directors and staff.

November - XLH received continued funding from the City of Flint via the SBA's Community Navigator Pilot Program and from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to support ongoing programming into 2023.
January - In collaboration with Jackson State University and the University of Kentucky, XLerateHealth’s HBCU pre-accelerator program, EnRICH, received the SBA L2M Visionary Award and was recognized in Forbes.

March - XLerateHealth launched their Corporate Innovation program, supporting innovation strategy at large healthcare organizations, hospital systems, payers and more.

August - 13 startups are accepted into the 2021 XLerateHealth Flagship Accelerator Bootcamp.

September - XLerateHealth was 1 of 8 applicants to win the first-ever SBA Catalyst Award with collaborators Jackson State University and the University of Kentucky; funds go to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) initiatives that support healthcare innovation across the Southeast.

December- XLerateHealth announced new funding from the City of Flint via the Small Business Administration (SBA) Community Navigator Pilot Program and The Community Foundation of Flint. The Awards will support the development of a new pre-accelerator program to help prime local Flint, MI healthcare innovation. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, one of the original funders of XLH Flint starting in 2018, continues to support operations of the flagship Flint accelerator.
January - XLH partnered with The University of Michigan to bring the Fast Forward Medical Innovation’s fastPACE biomedical entrepreneur program to XLH Flint.

June - XLH 2020 cohorts prepared to go virtual for Flint and Louisville bootcamps.

August - XLH and its affiliate, The XLerator Network, partnered with Jackson State University and University of Kentucky to launch EnRICH, a pre-accelerator program across historically black colleges and universities in the Southeastern U.S. This program will be led by Jackson State University and aims to support outstanding healthcare innovation in historically underserved and underrepresented areas.

August - XLH partnered with The University of Louisville’s Forcht Center to bring LaunchIt to XLH Flint and the XLeratorNetwork.

September - XLH refreshed its brand, launching a new era under the headline, “Bringing Innovation to Life®,” which embodies the work XLH does to progress healthcare and lifesciences innovations to create impactful, sustainable companies. XLH launched a new website in support of the brand refresh.
January - XLH expanded its footprint to include a second healthcare accelerator in Flint, Michigan.

October - XLH received a $250k supplemental grant from the NIH to launch the “I2P” (Ideas to Products) Program to fund the development of biomedical innovations from universities in NIH’s “IDeA states” southeastern region.

October - XLH was selected by the SBA as one of the SBA’s 60 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition recipients - recognizing XLH as one of the nation's most innovative and promising small business accelerators supporting startups and STEM entrepreneurs. XLH was the only healthcare accelerator to win this award four times. This year’s award had a special designation, allocating funding to XLH to work with entrepreneurs living in or whose businesses are located and operate in states with a lower number of SBIR/STTR awards.
September - XLH received a $3.4M National Institutes of Health (NIH) NIGMS grant to develop the XLerator Network (XLN) - a networked “Hub” to help researchers and faculty commercialize innovative technologies coming out of 24 academic institutions in Kentucky, West Virginia, Arkansas, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico.

December - XLH, University of Louisville, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council, and GLI’s EnterpriseCorp received “RISE” grant funding from the Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development.
XLH launched an Intersession Program. This program supports entrepreneurs virtually, working at their own pace. Participants are companies that typically have a longer path to market (eg: drug development or diagnostics companies) and require more hands-on mentorship over a number of years.
XLH received a third SBA grant and was one of 68 winners of the third annual SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. XLH was awarded the 2016 grant with a focus on supporting entrepreneurs' understanding and participation in Small Business Innovation (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs.
XLH received a second SBA grant and was one of 80 winners of the second annual SBA Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Applications were judged by more than 40 experts with entrepreneurial, investment, startup, economic development, capital formation and academic backgrounds from both the public and private sector.
XLH is selected by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) as one of 50 winners of the first Growth Accelerator Fund competition. XLH was selected from more than 800 applications. XLH was invited to participate in the White House Business Council Forum on Accelerating Business Entrepreneurship in Washington, D.C., in November of 2014.
Initially funded by the Louisville Metro Government and the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, XLH launched its first startup accelerator cohort of six companies.
XLerateHealth (XLH) began as a civic endeavor to fill a void in the marketplace. At that time, no healthcare or life science accelerator existed in the lower Midwest or Southeastern United States.