Project Healthcare

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

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

Over 500+ healthcare companies call
Nashville home

Project Healthcare has served
81 founders since 2017

We’re bringing together healthcare business leaders and entrepreneurs.

For healthcare entrepreneurs seeking to accelerate their high-growth startups, Project Healthcare leverages our relationships with Nashville’s healthcare industry giants and provides unmatched access to the top experts and resources in the field.

Project Healthcare is Nashville’s leading healthcare entrepreneurship initiative: driving transformation in the healthcare industry through tailored programming and connections critical to success in this highly competitive landscape.

Project Healthcare is a 9-month program featuring monthly programming and ongoing support, like:

  • Connection to our vast network of healthcare expertise, including more than 120 mentors dedicated specifically to coaching Project Healthcare entrepreneurs
  • A supportive community of entrepreneur peers and alumni
  • Capital connections to potential investors and customers

Optimized for high-growth healthcare tech startups

  • Companies in Phase 2 or 3 of the Entrepreneur’s Lifecycle
  • Significant growth potential making a major impact on Nashville’s healthcare landscape

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)

$6,750 IN FULL or $750 MONTHLY

Payments for the program can be made in monthly installments of $750 or in full. 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.

To learn more about how you can join Project Healthcare, contact Haley Combs at

Project Healthcare Chair

Eric Thrailkill

With decades of experience in healthcare and a native to Nashville since 1983, Eric Thrailkill helps the EC with their mission to make Nashville the best place to start and grow a business – especially in healthcare. During his career in Nashville, 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 theTennessee Chapter of HIMSS.



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