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.
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
Biotech Stream Lead, District 3
Margaret Bywater-Ekegärd’s international experience includes new product development for human health applications of technology and agricultural biological markets. Most recently, she founded and became Executive Vice President Technology and Innovation, working in a high-level team to build a high-growth company in the agricultural sector. She’s a co-founder and member of the board of directors at Morphocell Technologies, as well as involved in establishing Bioponix Agriculture Corp.
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.
With over 10 years of combined experience in scientific research and clinical pathology laboratories, Gleice has extensive expertise in “in vitro” antimicrobial combinations against multidrug-resistant bacterias. Her work has contributed to several publications and the development of methodologies in this field.
Life Sciences Fellow & Biohub Manager, District 3
Mahzad Sharifahmadian is the Life Sciences Fellow and Biohub Manager at District 3. She empowers life sciences researchers to bring their research to market, and has built a network of research experts for collaboration and co-creation to solve societal and industry challenges.
She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine from Université de Montréal, with expertise and publications on the design and development of novel drugs for antibiotic-resistant infections. While finishing her Ph.D., she co-founded Rubisco, a biotech company offering point-of-care diagnosis of pathogens (dissolved in 2018).
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.