We support early-stage medtech and healthtech startups by helping founders gain market insights, validate clinical and market needs, accelerate product development, access international networks, and navigate the journey of building a startup—all to optimize the commercial potential of your medical innovations.
What You Gain
1:1 Objectives-Based Coaching
Grow your company with guidance from experienced healthcare coaches and advisors. Develop a roadmap to reach product development milestones and define the pathway to commercialization. Individualized coaching may include team-building, securing funding, expanding to international markets, or solutions to roadblocks.
Tailored Just-in-Time Learning
Acquire industry-specific and startup-centred training, including workshops, programs, expert office hours, pitch readiness and more, to gain the competencies necessary to succeed at all stages of your healthcare startup journey.
Community & Workspace Access
Build your network, collaborate and develop strategic partnerships with clinicians, health systems, academia and industry. Access our workspaces and state-of-the-art lab.
Through D3 programs, we learned how to translate our research into a commercial enterprise. Our coach continues to guide us as we refine our business model, evolve our fundraising and acquire customers.”
Azadeh Dastmalchi, Ph.D., Co-founder of Vital Tracer
Designed for startup teams who have little or no customer traction for their medtech or healthtech-based solution, this three-month intensive cohort-based program will help you define your target market, develop a deep understanding of your customers’ problem and unmet needs, and design a business model to build a viable company. Offered several times a year.
Global Expansion Services
Launch & Grow
Access to Biohub Lab
Dedicated to District 3 founders, the BioHub provides state-of-the-art dry and wet laboratories and co-working space to help you develop successful products based on scientific discoveries and ideas.
Lab Benches and Technical Equipment including:
Cell Culture & Molecular Biology
General Instruments & Cold Storage
Healthcare Stream Team
Senior Coach, Healthcare Stream Lead
With a wealth of international experience in taking ideas to market—always at the dynamic intersection of where entrepreneurship and experiential learning meet—Edna Chosack, M.Sc., MBA, is the Healthcare Stream lead and Senior Coach at District 3.
As the co-founder and VP, Strategic Marketing at Simbionix Inc., Edna co-built the company into an international surgical-simulation leader, becoming internationally recognized as one of a few experts who leverage medical-simulation experiential learning into business success stories. 3D Systems acquired the company for $120M USD.
In Montreal, she established and served as Director of CAE’s surgical-simulation business line. She was a member of the advisory committee at McGill University’s Steinberg Centre for Simulation and Interactive Learning. She held her consultancy services for private internationals in the US, Europe & China, as well as for Canadian customers such as the Canadian National Research Council.
Venture Associate, Healthcare Stream
With extensive experience in strategic marketing and sales management for several market-leading medical device brands, Philippe assists early-stage startups, develops meaningful relationships with clinical key opinion leaders, health systems, and industry partners operating in the healthcare ecosystem.
Prior to joining District 3, Phillippe co-founded a food tech startup working in various marketing and sales roles at Covidien (now part of Medtronic) and AMG Medical. He launched multiple national products for Class II & III medical devices sold to hospitals and is well acquainted with developing effective value propositions that improve patient care.
Early-stage startups develop advanced technologies to improve patient outcomes significantly, augment the quality of care, lower healthcare costs, or reduce the risk of injury, health complications, and medical errors.
Currently, services are taking place virtually. We intend to partially revert to in-person format based on lifting of COVID-19 restrictions.
We accept startups on a rolling admissions basis throughout the year. Note that it may take up to 2 weeks after you submitted an application for us to respond. We will notify you whether your application has been accepted or rejected.
Startups stay between three months and up to three years, depending on the team’s progress and specific needs.