About XLerator Network

The XLerator Network (XLN) is led by XLerateHealth (XLH) in partnership with Academic Lead, the University of Kentucky.  XLerateHealth brings years of experience working with 200+ early-stage healthcare startups (including those in its portfolio as well as university based I-Corps faculty and students). XLH has an assembly of more than 300+ mentors and 18 healthcare/biotech and business coaches, who together embody an impressive breadth of experience across many relevant disciplines vis-à-vis the creation, launch and successful commercialization of biomedical/medtech businesses. The University of Kentucky’s Office of Technology Commercialization brings key leadership in entrepreneurship, licensing and intellectual property strategy and importantly for this network, expertise with regional commercialization partnerships. A key aspect of the  XLerator Network includes the 25 participating academic institutions as well as each university’s “Institutional Ecosystem” (healthsystems, payers, entrepreneurial education programs, accelerator, incubators, labs, co-working spaces, etc.).

(XLerateHealth Bootcamp Company 2018)

I-RED Program

The aim of the I-RED program is to build biomedical researchers’, clinicians’, and students’ entrepreneurial knowledge and skills needed to translate scientific discoveries and innovative technologies into commercial products and shorten the time it takes to get these technologies from bench to market.  As part of this initiative we are building a full suite of commercialization content that will be coupled with entrepreneurial programming and coaching support.

Brett Janis, PhD, Co-founder of DesiCorp describes how the XLerator Network’s entrepreneurial programs like the XLerateHealth bootcamp help faculty and researchers better understand how to commercialize their technologies

Based on our many years of experience training biomedical entrepreneurs, we firmly believe that effective entrepreneurial principles and methods of instruction include a combination of: 1) informed high quality educational content, 2) mentorship and coaching from experienced domain experts and entrepreneurs, and 3) access to capital to fund the successful refinement of the technology/product and its commercial launch into the marketplace.

I-RED Content & Programming

Through the IDeA Regional Entrepreneurship Development (I-RED) award from NIGMS, XLN is developing and launching a suite of experience-based entrepreneurship education products and tools that will be coupled with commercialization programming and coaching and deployed as the "I-RED Program".

Mentorship &

XLH and XLN have collectively created a community of 500 domain experts located throughout the US.  These experts who guide program participants through critical issues in developing their business models. Their backgrounds are diverse and deep and include expertise in the lean startup methodology, regulatory approval process, reimbursement strategy, intellectual property, HIPAA compliance, product development, manufacturing, etc. 


XLH has built a national network of investors which includes 30+ Angel investors and 45+ Venture Capital firms. Our investor network includes biomedical/medtech savvy investors both within the SE region and throughout the US. Participants in our various accelerator and pre-accelerator educational programs have multiple opportunities to hear from, present to, and receive introductions to our investor ecosystem. We also provide curriculum content and programmatic training on the process of seeking and obtaining non-dilutive SBIR/STTR funding.