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Health care entrepreneurs need every possible edge

Health care entrepreneurs need every possible edge. athenahealth's MDP Accelerator provides you with tailored programming, VIP access to experts, and exposure to over 75,000 athenahealth providers. Join us, and give your startup the opportunity and scale it deserves.

What you get
Seed capital and workspace

Take advantage of seed capital and enjoy free office space at athenahealth’s Watertown, San Francisco, or Austin locations.

Exposure to clients

Get broad exposure and access to the athenahealth provider network and to beta programs that will help you grow and scale.

Access to experts

Receive ongoing, dedicated mentorship and feedback from athenahealth team members, senior leadership, and super users.

Tailored programming

We understand that companies have different timelines and resource requirements, so we work with you to develop a customized schedule.

Who we're looking for

  • You've got an innovative, provider-facing solutions that's positioned to disrupt health care.
    You're in the post-product development phase. At the minimum, interested companies should have a beta version of their product.
    You've got a solid team working and are ready to grow. We want to see some initial traction, with pilot customers or active users.

Meet our portfolio companies

Archway Health

Archway Health Advisor partners with physicians to design, execute and finance Medicare and Commercial bundled payment programs.

CredSimple

CredSimple is a medical credentialing solution for hospitals and health insurers that automates the verification of providers’ qualifications.

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Hale Health is a remote care platform that lets clinical teams streamline triage, automate follow-up , and increase practice capacity – all while delivering an incredible patient experience.

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Lifesquare aims to become a ubiquitous access point to just in time health information for patients and the medical professionals and family members who care for them.

PIo

Patient IO is a care coordination platform that engages patients outside the clinic, on virtually any device. 

patientpop

PatientPop is a one-stop practice growth platform that allows physicians to monitor their web presence and optimize every patient touch point.

Rubiconmd

RubiconMD is a population health management solution that connects primary care physicians with specialist expertise at the point of care via remote consults, eliminating unnecessary visits.

Arsenal Health

Arsenal Health leverages patient, clinical and administrative data to predict no-show and late cancellations using advanced machine learning algorithms.

Your journey starts here

The MDP Accelerator has locations at the athenahealth headquarters in Watertown, MA, and at the athenahealth offices in San Francisco, CA and Austin, TX.

Watertown, MA
311 Arsenal St.
Watertown, MA 02472
San Francisco, CA
50 Hawthorne St.
San Francisco, CA 94105
Austin, TX
800 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701

Co-work with MDP

Whether you're a bootstrapped startup, solo entrepreneur, or just in town for the month, come work side-by-side with some of the healthcare's most innovative technology startups. At athenahealth's More Disruption Please (MDP) co-working space, you'll find the perfect place to get work done.

Learn more about MDP co-working space


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About the MDP Accelerator

  • What is the MDP Accelerator?
  • The MDP Accelerator is the newest addition to our More Disruption Please program. Based at our Watertown, MA headquarters, the MDP Accelerator fosters the development of high-potential, early- and growth-stage health care technology startups. The Accelerator is the next step for MDP, driving disruption by bringing entrepreneurialism back to an industry in desperate need of change.

    We hope to expedite the growth of these companies by providing resources and seed funding, exposing them to our client base, and connecting them with our network of venture capitalists and angel investors.

  • What does the MDP Accelerator offer its portfolio companies, and what sets it apart from similar incubator programs?
    1. Experience.
      • Customized programming. We understand that companies have different timelines and resource requirements, and we'll work with you to determine what you need to succeed.
      • No cookie cutter curriculum, mandatory mentor meetings, or demo days. Just the resources you need, when you need them.
      • Test and Learn. Ability to pilot your solution in the clinical workflow.
    2. Access.
      • Space. Free, shared office space on our Watertown, MA campus with your fellow MDP Accelerator entrepreneurs. This includes general office equipment/supplies, mail and telephone/wireless service, and facilities support. Just bring your laptop!
      • Expertise. VIP access to the athenahealth advisors, partners and clients critical to your growth and success.
      • Mentorship. Ongoing mentorship from athenahealth team members, including but not limited to:
        • Product Strategy
        • Development
        • Marketing/PR
        • Business Development/Sales
        • Recruiting & Culture
        • Design, UX/UI
        • Finance
        • Government & Regulatory
        • Physician Advisory Board & Super Users
      • Clients. Exposure to our client base of 75,000+ providers.
      • Integrated solution. Seamless athenaNet integration and API support.
    3. Opportunity.
      • Funding. Substantial seed capital in the form of a convertible note.
      • Feedback. Direct feedback from our Physician Advisory Board and super users.
      • Growth. Portfolio companies have the potential to be built into our product offerings, or to become full-fledged MDP Marketplace partners.

  • How do I become part of the Accelerator?
  • Our requirements are pretty straightforward:

    1. You've got an innovative, provider-facing solution that's positioned to disrupt health care.
      • We're interested in companies that offer value across the care continuum, including in-patient settings.
      • Cloud-based solutions are preferred.
    2. You have a solution that's ready for clients.
      • We're interested in companies in the post-product development phase. At a minimum, you should have a beta version of your product.
    3. You're ready to grow, and think we can help you do that.
      • We're looking for a solid team working toward a shared vision—not a one-man show.
      • We want to see some initial traction with pilot customers or active users (even if it's only a few), to show us that you're ready to scale.
    4. You have, or are interested in having, a presence in Boston.
      • Portfolio companies are required to spend a minimum of 50% of their time on our Watertown campus for the duration of the program.

    While we're certainly interested in companies that have already gone through an early-stage accelerator or incubator program (Healthbox, Blueprint Health, Rock Health, etc.) and are looking for the next step, this is by no means a requirement for entry.

  • When does the program start/end?
  • We bring companies into the Accelerator on an on-going basis, so there's no set start date. The initial program duration is 8 months, with the option to extend to 12 months. However, our support doesn't end there—portfolio companies will remain part of the athenahealth community and MDP network long after they've left the program.

  • Where is the MDP Accelerator located?
  • The MDP Accelerator has locations at the athenahealth headquarters in Watertown, MA, and at the athenahealth offices in San Francisco, CA, and Austin, TX.

  • I'm not ready to apply, but want to be kept in the loop. What should I do?
  • Click here to join the MDP community. You'll receive periodic newsletters from the program and updates on our annual conference and other MDP events.

Application Process

  • The MDP Network brings together entrepreneurs, investors, clinicians and industry experts who share our vision of disrupting the status quo in healthcare.

    The MDP Accelerator invests in high-potential, early-stage startups and provides the resources and customer access critical to their scalability and success. 
    The athenahealth Marketplace delivers solutions seamlessly integrated with athenaNet, enabling providers to get the most out of their care giving experience.