An Accelerator Centre and Grand River Hospital collaboration, the SYNAPSE Program connects medtech and healthtech companies with the resources they need to to test and enhance their technologies in partnership with the local health system.
Applications for the SYNAPSE Program will be open from July 6, 2021 to August 8, 2021 with selected companies starting programing September 2021.Apply NOW
Please apply before Sept 10th at 5pm
In partnership with Grand River Hospital, we're looking for Ontario's top scale-ready medtech and healthtech companies to participate in an innovative development and procurement process.
If selected for the program, you'll work with the AC and Grand River Hospital to assess your solution and prepare a proposal for a 3-12 month commercialization project in partnership with Grand River Hospital and the CAN Health Network. The commercialization project includes:
Collaboration with Grand River Hospital staff
Access to health system data and clinicians
Business intelligence and development resources
The AC's team of experienced staff and mentors will help you along the way with:
Specialized one-to-one mentorship from our regulatory and product development experts
Support preparing your proposal and preparing for your pitch to GRH and the CAN Health Network
Upon successful completion of the commercialization project, you'll then have the opportunity to participate in CAN Health's innovative procurement process aimed at removing barriers to the adoption of innovations within the health system.
Source: TWI Global
We're looking for scale-ready or near-scale companies who are based in Southern Ontario. That means companies that have demonstrated their solution in a medical environment and are fully prepared to work within a clinical environment.
Preference will be given to companies with solutions that support:
Eliminating hallway medicine
Advancing care delivery
Integrating the patient and family voice into care, planning and decision making/being customer-centric
Transition to care being provided in the community (i.e. patient’s homes) when appropriate
Technology that will support having team-members work remotely and development of a global workforce
Integrating AI into patient care
Digital solutions to improve healthcare delivery and hospital processes
To assess readiness, we use the technology readiness levels (TRL) provided by the Government of Canada. Startups who are assessed as scale-ready (a TRL of 7-9) are eligible for immediate commercialization project consideration with Grand River Hospital and the CAN Health Network.
If your company is near-scale, or the AC team assesses you have some milestones left to achieve before you are ready to collaborate with Grand River Hospital (TRL 4-6), you have the option to work with the AC team and get:
A custom roadmap to help you achieve the milestones required to become scale ready
Access to our world-class one-to-one mentorship on regulatory requirements, domestic and international sales, product development and more
Membership in the AC's collaborative innovation community and access to exclusive educational and network building events
A desk in one-of our co-working spaces if desired
Not sure what your TRL is? Don't worry, we will help you assess your readiness level in the application process.