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Combining virtual and physical programming and infrastructure development to leverage the growing ecosystem of digital health resources and talent across the state and beyond to address health inequities and pave the way for community health and wealth. NC HID will unite health innovation districts across North Carolina, including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, and other centers to share learnings and best practices.


Innovate Carolina is UNC-Chapel Hill’s department for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic development that provides a full-scale hub designed for today’s problem solvers: innovation-minded faculty, students, and community partners who use their ingenuity to nudge the world forward. Its programs and services help Carolina innovators and entrepreneurs launch startups and create market-ready technologies, products, and services. By helping these problem-solvers move more inventions and valuable ideas into the world faster, it makes the greatest social and economic impact possible from conception through implementation and beyond.


Michelle Bolas
Executive Director

The Novant Health Innovation Lab is a centralized location for exploring possible technical integrations, enterprise innovation, and solving challenges team members present. The lab will facilitate engagement opportunities with providers, team members, vendors, and community partners to develop solutions that improve both the quality of and access to care. Novant Health providers and team members will be able to pilot and engage with new devices, emerging technologies, and programs, providing feedback prior to their deployment in Novant Health facilities. The lab will also showcase the latest technology and digital products the health system has implemented and plans to implement. 


Paula Kranz
Executive Director

Gillings takes to heart the Innovate Carolina mission to move a greater number of valuable ideas into the world faster, where they can make the greatest social and economic impact possible. Members of the Gillings community are committed to innovation in research, teaching, and practice. Its resources, including the $50M Gillings gift, allows an accelerated response to some of the most pressing public health problems across North Carolina and around the world.


Anne Glauber
Associate Director, Research & Innovation 

First Flight Venture Center™ is North Carolina’s original science, technology, and business incubator. Located in the heart of the Research Triangle Park, it supports the launch of bioscience, life science, medical device, and information technology companies by providing the tailored resources, guidance, and connections required for sustained commercial success. 


Emil Runge
Director of Programs  

Duke University’s Master of Management in Clinical Informatics (MMCi) unique one-years master’s degree program is highly regarded and well known for providing health care professionals with the expertise they need to manage and lead data-driven innovation via a framework of clinical informatics, business, and strategy. It is designed for Physicians, Clinicians, Business professionals, IT professionals, and new graduates.


Randy Sears
Program Operations Director

ASSIST is developing leading-edge systems for high-value applications such as healthcare and IoT by integrating fundamental advances in energy harvesting, low-power electronics, and sensors with a focus on usability and actionable data. It does this by bringing together multidisciplinary researchers, practitioners, and industry partners in a diverse and inclusive ecosystem that encourages innovation with a focus on education and outreach.


Veena Misra

Cone Health Ventures partners with digital health and med tech companies to shorten the development cycle and accelerate market adoption. Its partners receive unparalleled access to decision makers and clinical staff, validation opportunities for co-developed solutions, business model refinement, and assistance selling into other health systems.


David Heenan
Managing Director

Duke Health New Venture Fellows turn their innovation and entrepreneurship passion into expertise. The fellowship program is formed from carefully selected MBA students. The Fellows are responsible for assisting Duke start-ups with a variety of activities, from putting together investor pitch decks, to assessing the competitive landscape, to informing overall business plan development and corporate strategy.


Jeff Welch


NC HID Events + Programming

Sponsorship Opportunities

  • Monthly Happy Hours
  • White Papers + Webinar series
  • Digital Health Masterclasses and Roundtables
  • Supper Club + Summit

Investment Opportunities

  • Host a Digital Health Innovation Sprint
  • Launch a Living Learning Lab
  • Lead a Community Collaborative
  • Invest in the infrastructure to deliver personalized health at scale