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Health & Life Science

Start-Up Accelerator

Bring your ideas to life

6 virtual sessions: Nov 11, 17; Dec 8, 15; Jan 5, 12.

Start-Up Accelerator

Health & Life Science (H&LS)

The Health and Life Science (H&LS) Start-Up Accelerator Program helps you test the market and build a sustainable business model.


Our 4-part (6-session) virtual education program focuses on taking business ventures from concept to commercialization, providing a framework for H&LS entrepreneurs to start, build and thrive.

Our approach combines world-class design thinking methodologies taught by experts, peer to peer learning and actionable assignments, while addressing industry specific challenges.

This program is brought to you by the Center of Excellence for Health and Life Science of the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center and Widener University SBDC.

Is this program right for me?  Attend a 30 min virtual info session.


The Accelerator Advantage

Gain momentum, bring your ideas to life.

Our 4-part (6-session) virtual education program focuses on taking business ventures from concept to commercialization and providing a framework for H&LS entrepreneurs to start, build and thrive.

The program utilizes techniques from the Business Model Canvas, Value Proposition Canvas and Lean Startup methodologies.

  • Turn your idea into an actionable business model

  • Determine product-market fit

  • Design Go To Market strategies

  • Navigate health & life science regulations

  • Meet other founders and local investors

  • Explore funding opportunities (private & public)


Session Dates: Nov 11, 17; Dec 8, 15; Jan 5, 12.


Gain Momentum 

From business concept to actionable business model

   S1. Business model design | Customer discovery

   S2: Product/Market Validation | Early adopter | MVP


Natural Evolution

Design, learn and evolve

S3: Participants' Business Model Review


Go To Market

S4: Go to market plan | Regulatory Process  

S5: Funding: Public & Private | Intellectual Property


Bring Your Ideas to Life

S6: Meet Founders and Industry Experts

Is this program is right for me?


Attend a 30 minute info session (free). 

  • Tuesday September 29, 2020

  • Monday October 12, 2020


Who is it for? 

This program was designed for busy professionals who have limited time and a strong desire to make it happen! We are seeking enterprising practitioners or aficionados in the health and life science field. 


Persona: Entrepreneur / Founder

Must have one or more of the following attributes:

  • Firsthand knowledge of the intended customer's problem, need, or job to be done.

  • Clear vision of the intended solution (how it will be accomplished and what value provides to the customer.)

  • Technical capability to get solution made.

  • Experience in the target market (medical, research, management, or sales and marketing.)

Must have time and energy to commit to course including:

  • Six virtual sessions (approximately 2 hours each.)

  • Ten hours (average) per week for homework assignments including interviewing prospective customers, preparing, and presenting progress reports.

  • Being an active discussion participant and contributor.

  • Utilize online tools to document value proposition, business model and discovery interview activities.

Why attend?

Our start-up accelerator was designed to address classical health and life science business issues. Our approach combines proven methodologies taught by experts + peer learning and actionable assignments, all while honing in the industry specific solutions. Founders of successful health and life science startups reported facing the below issues when starting their companies.


Over the course of 6 sessions, you will learn about and execute on topics like:

  • Product/market fit and customer validation

  • Getting traction with customers pre-revenue

  • Determining “who is the customer” and the most effective marketing and sales channels

  • Fund raising and cash management

  • Regulatory issues (FDA classification, Quality Management Systems, Sunshine Act, etc.)

  • Customer and revenue generation (who is the “user” and who are the decision makers- complicated in a hospital situation) and then reimbursement (how do you get paid?)

  • Grant and IP decisions and process:

    • Should you apply for an SBIR or STTR grant? Which one? How? Upsides/downsides?

    • When does it make sense to file for a patent? What kind and what is the process?


If you are serious about launching a new venture in the health & life science field, take the first step and register for our upcoming 30 minute info session on 9/29/20 or 10/12/20.


Determine if this is the right fit for you. Ask questions, speak with the instructors.


Meet the Instructors


Your Team

Tim Daniel

Coach & Instructor | Growth Academy

Widener University SBDC

Tim Daniel helps organizations tackle complex problems, equipping them with knowledge needed to compete in today’s agile and interconnected world, driving transformation through all company phases from start-up to revitalization.  He brings two decades of senior leadership roles in a global healthcare company as well as serving as an advisor for healthcare startup companies on three continents to his leadership role in the Pennsylvania SBDC Center of Excellence in Health and Life Science.


By combining his analytical and leadership skills with proven methodologies like Business Model Innovation, Lean Startup and Design Thinking, Tim is a dynamic facilitator and Strategyzer certified coach. He creates experiential learning opportunities for individual and organizational transformation.


Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – BS Electrical Engineering

Joseph Mazzarella

Consultant and Advisor | Growth Academy

 Widener University SBDC

Joe Mazzarella is a successful consultant and advisor to startup companies, with a focus on product/market fit, competitive strategies, and go-to-market plans. 

Joe’s extensive professional background includes executive positions at high technology companies including VP of Business Development, Marketing and Sales at Real3D, a semiconductor startup, where he led the introduction of the company’s first commercial product.


He was part of the executive team that secured outside funding and a successful exit via an acquisition of the company by a major corporation. Prior to this, he was responsible for new business development and worldwide sales at high technology companies and opened a software design center for Intel in Munich Germany.

Pepperdine University - MBA

City College of New York - BS Electrical Engineering 

Austin Klein

Associate Business Consultant | COE Health 

Widener University SBDC + PTAC

Austin is currently pursuing two degrees: a medical doctorate from Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Jefferson and a master in business administration with a focus on healthcare from Widener University.


A lifelong provider, Austin has been volunteering and working in healthcare for over 15 years, with clinical experience as a basic science and clinical researcher, Emergency Medical Technician, Genetic Counseling assistant and International Medical Volunteer. 


Currently he is working as a contact tracer for the state of Pennsylvania and studying for the medical board exam. More importantly he spends most of his time with his dog hiking and kayaking. 

Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor degree in Genetics and Classical Mythology

Dr. Bruce Downing

Procurement TA Specialist 

Widener University PTAC

A senior executive, consultant and educator with extensive experience in entrepreneurial development, financing and management for early stage companies and government funded education programs. SBIR & STTR funding expert. 


A founding officer actively involved in developing strategies of a start up computer franchise organization that progressed from start up to $150 million in sales in five years, went public and achieved $3.5 Billion in annual sales. A company spokesman on Wall Street for articulating the strategic directions during the 

public offering and the investor relations officer after the public offering. 

University of Colorado - Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology. NASA Predoctoral Fellow

What do I get?

Start-Up Accelerator for Health & Life Science

Information Session
At no Cost ($0)
What do I get?
  • 30 minute info session

    • September 29, 2020 

    • October 12, 2020 

  • Meet the instructors, get answers

  • Guide to starting a successful health & life science business

  • Determine if this is right fit for you

Six Session Accelerator
At no cost ($0) if your business has been impacted by COVID-19
USD $99 otherwise
What do I get?
  • 6 High impact virtual sessions (2h each)

    • November 11, 17 (2020)

    • December 8, 15 (2020)

    • January 5, 12 (2021)

  • Pre-masterclass learning guide

  • Accelerator course material

  • Access to online space & community tools

  • Certificate from Widener U. SBDC
  • A best selling book on product market fit
  • Access to world-class design thinking tools

  • Unlimited expert consulting via SBDC


30 min Info session 9/29/20 or 10/12/20