Project Healthcare

Healthcare + HealthTech Accelerator


Optimized for high-growth healthcare tech startups, Project Healthcare is a 6-month program driving transformation in the healthcare industry through tailored hands-on curriculum and connections. Project Healthcare leverages our relationships with Nashville’s healthcare industry giants and provides unmatched access to the top experts and resources in the field, critical to success in this highly competitive landscape.

The Project Healthcare 2024 cohort will run from January 4, 2024 to June 28, 2024.

Nashville may be “Music City” but we
have a heart for healthcare:

Nashville’s healthcare industry generates more than
$97B in revenue

Over 500+ healthcare companies call
Nashville home

7 of 11 of the largest for-profit hospital systems in the U.S. are based in Nashville

Since 2017, we’ve served 95 healthcare founders.

At Project Healthcare, we’re on a mission to build the ecosystem of support to transform healthcare.

Receive Mentorship

Our vast network of healthcare expertise includes more than 120 mentors dedicated specifically to coaching healthcare entrepreneurs.

Build Community

You’ll join a supportive community of entrepreneur peers and alumni to learn from and grow with alongside your fellow cohort.

Make Connections

Unlock access to capital connections through program events that put you in the room with potential investors and customers.

Hear from our Community

“This program highlighted hurdles an early-stage healthcare company must overcome to be successful through seminars and one-on-one meetings with successful healthcare executives. We feel more adequately equipped to navigate future strategic decisions and are grateful for the vast network Project Healthcare introduced us to.”
– Braden Davison, Healing Innovations (Project Healthcare 2018)

What Makes Us Different?

We understand that building a world class startup happens on a tight budget. That’s why we take 0% equity in our companies, and as a non-profit, have subsidized the program fee to less than 1/10th of what it costs us, thanks to our Program Partners. Learn more about our model on the Our Model page.

Diversity scholarships are available for underrepresented founders.

Cost: $6,000 Program Fee ($1,000/month)


Interested in Project Healthcare?

  1. Submit your application for the 2024 Cohort by October 20.
  2. Contact Program Manager, Haley Combs.
  3. Qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule their interviews and continue the application process.
  4. The Project Healthcare 2024 Cohort will be selected early November.

Meet the Team

Eric Thrailkill

Project Healthcare Chair

Eric Thrailkill helps the EC realize our vision of Nashville being the best place in America to start and grow a business – especially in healthcare. As a Nashville native, he’s served as CIO of three publicly held healthcare companies (PhyCor, America Service Group, and AMSURG). Prior to his tenure as a CIO, Thrailkill spent over a decade with Deloitte gaining deep expertise in finance and business operations experience, along with technical vision and healthcare innovation. From 2018 to 2020, Eric served as the President of the Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS.

Haley Combs

Project Healthcare Program Manager

With a decade of experience in nonprofit management, Haley works directly with healthcare founders in Project Healthcare to help them scale their businesses through engaging the Nashville Healthcare community and leveraging the NEC’s curriculum and expert advisors. Haley is passionate about serving healthcare founders so they can bring their innovative and desperately needed solutions to make healthcare a more equitable space.

Questions? Contact Haley at

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