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National Initiatives

XLerateHealth is involved in a variety of national activities
From White House level to boots-on-the-ground initiatives, XLH elevates the visibility of and support for entrepreneurs and ecosystems across the Midwest and Southeast.

XLerator Network

The XLerator Network funded by the National Institutes of Health and led by XLerateHealth, is a partnership with 24 academic institutions with the University of Kentucky serving as the Academic Lead. The goal of the network is to support the commercialization of promising life science and health care innovation in the Southeast Institutional Development Award (IDeA) areas, including Kentucky, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.

White House TOPS Program

At the invitation of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), XLH participated as a User Advocate in the “Catalyzing Investment in Opportunity Zones” project by the White House, the US Census Bureau, and HUD to ensure technical innovation for social impact. XLH helped communicate the needs, concerns, and realities of the local community, ensuring the perspective of the end users drive how tech teams solve the underlying problems. 

Small Business Administration (SBA)

XLerateHealth is the only healthcare accelerator to win the SBA’s National Growth Accelerator Fund Competition four times in the five years of the competitions existence. The grant funding fuels continued work to support the coaching and development of the startup cohorts in the accelerator as well as expansion of the program to other regions.

UCSF HealthHub

XLH is a collaborator with the UCSF HealthHub, a non-profit Growth Studio affiliated with the University of California San Francisco and based in San Francisco. The UCSF HealthHub connects ideas and companies with the people, expertise, and capital needed to grow and scale breakthrough healthcare solutions. The organization aims to cultivate the next-generation of healthcare innovators by matching doctors and researchers with founders and other external resources to develop mutually beneficial collaboration opportunities that catalyze growth and impact.

Georgia Tech VentureLab

XLerateHealth and the XLerator Network are partnering with Georgia Tech VentureLab to provide “Lean” training to coaches in Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Puerto Rico to increase coaching capacity for virtual and on-site program offerings for founders, innovators, and researchers. The Georgia Tech Instructor Academy is rooted in the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program, which focuses on evidence-based entrepreneurship and customer discovery to encourage economic development and commercialization efforts at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The academy was created to educate, coach and support emerging instructors so that they deliver well-rounded coaching to teams of entrepreneurs.


EnRICH is a “pre-accelerator” commercialization program for faculty and student innovators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) at 31 HBCUs in eight states (AR, DE, KY, LA, MS, OK, SC, WV). The program, “Engaging Researchers and Innovators for Commercialization at HBCUs” (EnRICH), is led by Jackson State University, an urban research HBCU located in Jackson, MS, with support from leadership at XLerateHealth and the University of Kentucky Office of Technology Commercialization.