HCA Joins the Nashville Entrepreneur Center's Project Healthcare Initiative As Title Sponsor


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HCA Joins the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Project Healthcare Initiative as Title Sponsor

Fall Accelerator Applications Now Open

Nashville, TN, (June 14, 2016) ­- The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and HCA (NYSE:HCA) have joined forces to extend the reach of the EC’s Project Healthcare initiative (previously announced 2/2/16). Project Healthcare is the EC’s leading action to drive transformation in the healthcare industry. This expanded relationship between the EC and HCA is a vital piece in getting the greater healthcare industry involved as mentors, sponsors and investors. 

“Nashville is home to a growing and dynamic healthcare industry, and we believe that Project Healthcare will play a significant role in the continuing development of local health and technology entrepreneurship,” said Milton Johnson, HCA’s chairman and CEO. “HCA is pleased to support this important Entrepreneur Center initiative, and we encourage others to engage with Project Healthcare as a collaborative initiative to grow and support Nashville’s healthcare industry.” 

“Industry­ immersive programs like Project Healthcare are immensely more successful when supported through community collaboration,” shares Sam Lingo, President & Acting CEO at the EC. “Having HCA as the Title Sponsor of the entire initiative expands the opportunities for startups and encourages continued collaboration to support transformation in the industry.” 

Additionally, applications for the initiative’s Project Healthcare 2016 Accelerator to run this Fall are now open at www.projecthealthcare.co. The program is open to early stage tech startups catering to the patient, payer, provider/practitioner and hospital system ecosystem. Through the accelerator program, startups are provided curriculum and mentorship alongside an immersion in the city’s $38.8 Billion healthcare industry. Participants will receive funding in exchange for equity and participate in the Village Capital peer selection investment model to evaluate, rank and provide feedback on each other’s companies to facilitate the peer selection of two startups to receive additional investment. Applications close July 7, 2016. 

About the Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC):

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC), a not-­for-­profit 501(c)3 public-­private partnership, was founded in 2010 as an initiative of the Nashville business community with a vision to become the best place in America for entrepreneurship. The EC’s mission is to connect entrepreneurs with the critical resources necessary to create, launch and grow businesses. The EC community includes over 325 alumni and more than 750 members. The Center’s advisor program connects entrepreneurs to over 250 mentors, service providers and industry experts. Core programming includes community events, entrepreneur education and tech focused industry­-immersion accelerator programs in healthcare, music and content publishing. For more information visit www.ec.co. 

About Project Healthcare:

Project Healthcare is the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s leading action to drive transformation in the healthcare industry through the entrepreneurial creation, launch and growth of patient­-focused tech­enabled services. The initiative provides year-­round support to healthcare startups by connecting them to the critical community, curriculum, coaches and capital resources needed to turn ideas into realities. The initiative’s capstone is an annual 14 week accelerator program. Additional information is available at www.projecthealthcare.co.