The intersection of today's and tomorrow's digital healthcare.

Founded in 2015 by HITLAB and NYC/EDC with the vision of catalyzing and accelerating emerging digital healthcare technologies.

Catalyzing change for early-stage startups

Breakthrough bridges the gap between industry-leading companies and promising digital health startups that will shape our tomorrow. Selected startups receive:

Opportunities to develop strategic relationships with industry leading brands.

Zero cost to apply, zero cost to participate, no equity taken by HITLAB.

Refinement of key concepts and prototypes from healthcare professionals.

Design and implementation of a study to rapidly verify the core innovation.

We partner with innovative startups to spark change in digital healthcare delivery.

Through an annual application, as well as a wealth of unique networking opportunities, we open our doors to promising startups, with the aim of helping them overcome the hurdle of research and fostering connections with global healthcare brands who could benefit from innovative technologies. 

Sponsoring Members Include:

Breakthrough Alliance

Breakthrough bridges the gap between industry-leading healthcare companies and the promising digital health startups that will help shape our tomorrow.

Mission statement:

Our goal is to positively impact healthcare and life sciences together to create a healthier & more connected world. We will accomplish this accelerating the development and adoption of digital solutions for patients and providers, based on evidence and championing the emergence of these solutions at a global level.​

Our board members are from leaders in the global health system

William (Bill) Taranto
Founder & President

Jonathan Hahn
Chief Information Officer

Laurent van Lerberghe Chair of Breakthrough Alliance Europe 
& Investor Digital Health

Mikko Baylosis
Project Manager


Wayne Talleur
Chief Financial Officer

Fernando Gomez-Baquero
Director of Runway and Spinouts

Judith Dunn
Executive in Residence (EIR)

Amy West
Head of US Digital
Health & Innovation Strategy

Harsha Murthy
Managing Partner

Lauren Schafer
Venture Operations

Dr. Sheldon Elman, MD
Chairman & Co-Founder

Emily Kagen Trenchard
VP, Digital & Innovation Strategy

Wen Dombrowski
Founding Principal & Chief
Convergence Officer

Chrysanthi Dori
Vice President, Tech Services

David Berger

April Smith Hirak
Regional Health Administrator

Olivier Rabenschlag
Founding Partner

Michael Peterson Managing Director

Dr. Glennis Mehra
Director (NYU Langone)

Check out what our previous startups have gone on to do!

Over-subscribed venture capital raise of $2.4 million.

Expanding to include new services and audiences.

Doubled funding and tripled size of team after the study.

Secured a commercial partnership with Goretex.

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