(1) What is Project Zygote?

Project Zygote, the Digital Health Pre-Accelerator, exists to fill the gap between idea and MVP and prepares digital health startups to (1) gain acceptance into full-fledged accelerator or incubator programs, (2) seek funding, or (3) get started on building an MVP. Currently there are few digital health-specific programs that work with entrepreneurs at the very earliest stages.


To achieve this, Project Zygote lowers the barriers of designing effective, relevant healthcare solutions by:

  • Brokering and nurturing relationships among industry professionals and experts of diverse backgrounds to unify disparate skillsets.


  • Helping startups walk through the complexities of market planning in the healthcare industry.

(2) Who can participate in Project Zygote?

All healthcare enthusiasts! There is much to be done within healthcare so anyone who wants to improve healthcare is welcome to apply.

Backgrounds include, but are not limited to: patients, care providers, mental health professionals, coaches, researchers, IT, software engineers, data scientists, analytics, product managers, product designers, business professionals, legal, and health policy professionals.

(3) In what capacity can I participate in Project Zygote?

There are 3 ways you can participate in Project Zygote:

Entrepreneur: Single or multi-person teams of founders can apply. This is a person(s) with entrepreneurial spirit of any professional background (physician, engineer, designer, business professional, etc.) with a healthcare idea they want to explore.

Ideas can range in stages. Some come in with a very early stage idea, which we recommend you have done some research on. It is normal to continue pivoting as you progress through the program. Others come in with a prototype - the Project Zygote program specializes in healthcare business planning and networking and is still helpful for those who are further along.

Team Member: Team members are assigned to entrepreneurs based on interest and will be problem-solving alongside the entrepreneur and learning the process of digital health innovation. Team members can also be of any background. Remote participation can be discussed on a case-by-case-basis.

Advisor: Seasoned industry leaders who are very well-known for their area of expertise and can contribute expert opinion.

(4) I’m excited and want to participate! How do I apply?

We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2017 cohort!

CLICK HERE TO APPLY. It should take no more than 20 minutes to complete the application and there is no application fee at this time.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and the application deadline is September 15th, 2017. The earlier you apply, the higher your chances of admission, and the less your program fee! You may be contacted for an interview after we review your application.

Final acceptances will be sent by September 26th.

The program starts on September 28th.

We look forward to seeing you in our next cohort!

(5) What is the program fee? What’s included?

Entrepreneur fee: $799
- Early bird entrepreneur fee (application submitted by 9/7/17): $699

Team member fee: $399
- Early bird team member fee (application submitted by 9/7/17: $349

Discounted fee for previous participants: $199

Fee covers private speaker lectures from top industry leaders, workshop programming, expert feedback, private networking, community of alumni - connections that extend beyond the Project Zygote program - and the freshest, responsibly-grown, seasonal food and beverages at 7 workshop sessions.

Entrepreneurs’ ideas and projects are the focus of the program, and entrepreneurs get additional programming to network with other entrepreneurs in the cohort.

Note: Fees will increase in 2018.

(6) What, when, and where are the Project Zygote Workshops?

Project Zygote takes you through a series of business planning exercises. It consists of an introductory session, 5 half-day workshops (on the weekend), and culminates in a showcase event at a Health 2.0 SF Chapter meeting. The workshops cover design and user-centered thinking, metrics and efficacy considerations, as well as business model planning. You complete the program with a business plan and an elevator pitch.

For the Fall 2017 Cohort, the dates are:

Intro session: Thursday, September 28, 2017 - 6:00-8:00pm

Workshop 1: Saturday, October 7,2017 - 12:30-5:00pm

Workshop 2: Saturday, October 21, 2017- 12:30-5:00pm

Workshop 3: Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 12:30-5:00pm

Workshop 4: Saturday, November 18, 2017 - 12:30-5:00pm

Workshop 5: Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 12:30-5:00pm

Showcase Event: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 6:00-8:30pm

- The workshops are located in downtown San Francisco. Remote participation decided on a case-by-case basis.

(7) Where are Project Zygote alumni?

Our graduates from the first two cohorts (graduations in December 2016 and June 2017) have been accepted to the following programs:

- Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute (TMCx)
- The Founder Institute
- Venture Hall Accelerator
- Fellowship at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Our graduates have also raised funding and acquired first customers. Others have worked independently to establish their founding team, board of advisors, and built MVPs.

(8) More Questions?

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