Incubator Program

The Center for Digital Health Incubator Program launched January 2019. Over the course of the program, we will work with two selected teams to explore early-stage pilots, define areas of success, and make progress towards measurable outcomes.  

CDH Incubator Teams:
Early listening & intervening to address patient toxicity & adverse drug effects
Team Lead: Amar Grewal, MD
Assistant Chief Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology
Using patient-generated data to improve post-surgical outcomes in Urology
Team Lead: Daniel Lee, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Urology in Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Presbyterian Medical Center of Philadelphia

The  Incubator Program provides funding (up to $10k) and support for faculty and staff who are passionate about exploring how digital platforms, data, and tools can be leveraged to solve challenging problems in health care.

For our inaugural class, we’re looking for projects that seek to leverage *non-traditional data sources, channels and platforms to enhance patient outcomes and patient or provider experiences in receiving or giving care.

This is an early stage 5-month research and development program that will help situate your project for future phases of growth and funding. We are seeking passionate individuals and teams in need of funding and multidisciplinary expertise to collaboratively discover potential solutions and define new ideas to improve the delivery of care and patient outcomes.  Please note that this program does not fund mobile app development. 

Learn more about the structure of the program and the support incubator teams receive below.


Program details

Accepted teams will move through four stages of work.


Teams selected to participate in the incubator program will receive financial and technical support to help situate their projects for future phases of growth and funding.  

  • Seed funding: Up to $10k with the potential for additional funding based on project progression.
  • CDH team allocation: CDH experts trained in research, data science, design, and project management dedicated to helping you define, test, and conceptualize ideas.
  • Training: Introduction to design thinking, exposure to pitching ideas to executive leadership, introduction to data science, and a deeper understanding of informatics.
  • Networking opportunities: Access to a network of clinicians, researchers, designers, patients, and stakeholders both internal and external to Penn with diverse perspectives makes us a unique asset to Penn Medicine.
  • Recognition and additional support: At the end of the program, your team will have a presentation and report to share with leadership for further buy-in and an opportunity to receive additional investment.