On Deck Health Fellowship (ODH)

Come together to build
world-changing health tech companies

The On Deck Health Fellowship is a 10-week program that brings together startup and healthcare experts looking to found, join, invest in, and advise cutting-edge health tech companies. We combine a world-class curriculum with top industry speakers, unique access to investors and a pre-vetted pool of potential hires to help you create the future of healthcare.

Everything you need to build a successful health tech venture

Navigate the complex regulatory, funding and technical healthcare landscape with deep-dive sessions, office hours with industry experts and a community of incredible peers.

Immerse yourself in the health tech space

It’s no secret that the healthcare ecosystem is complex. Learn how leading healthcare experts navigate changing regulations and rapidly evolving technologies. Get insights on the latest trends and opportunities in health tech from top founders, investors and industry leaders.

Find partners and expand your network in healthcare

Join a diverse network of experts dedicated to building impactful solutions to the biggest challenges in healthcare, together. Find key customers, investors, advisors, and life-long friends in the healthcare space.

Validate & build your health tech startup

Launch and build your health-tech startup alongside a close-knit community of healthcare experts and entrepreneurs. Get connections to partners and drive early sales through one-on-ones with industry leaders. Network with VCs, angel investors, and philanthropic organizations who help you secure funding.

Join a community of builders and healthcare experts

Community is the core of the Health Fellowship. Here are just a few of the phenomenal founders, experts and industry leaders participating in our first cohort.
Catherine Bryt
CEO, Sibi Health
Neil Batlivala
CEO, Pair Team
Candice Blacknall, MD
CEO, GABA
Carolyn Casterton
Former Partnerships Lead, Verily (Google Life Sciences)
Sarah Esty
Former Senior Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Shiv Gaglani
CEO, Osmosis
Andy Coravos
CEO, Elektra Lab
Divya Raghavan
VP of Marketing, HealthSherpa
Sam Parlett
CEO, Arrakis
Alexa Meyer
CEO, Coa
Greg Solis
Former Director of Research and Design, Bayer Ventures

Apply for the Health  Fellowship

The first cohort kicks off April 10. Access to the program is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).*

Testimonials

Our Fellows are the heartbeat of our community. Here's what they have to say.

View More
Matt Harris

At @BainCapVC we are huge fans of @beondeck, and thrilled to be involved in this Fintech Fellowship. We need more builders in fintech, and this program will be part of building, and diversifying, the pipeline.

Christian San Jose

Early review of @beondeck (#ODNC1) after a week: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

1) Community: the support, energy, & learning from peers is amazing.

2) Perks: Notion, Miro, Airtable discounts to name a few; the fellowship basically pays for itself. +OD Hiring platform: underrated.

Continued below 👇

Anthony McGuire

I was part of ODW1, without a doubt it was a life changing experience for me.

Meeta Sharma

Choosing to be a part of #ODW1 was easily the best decision of this year. I found a group of people who are invested in each other's growth and the growth of the creator ecosystem at large. Cannot recommend it enough.

Madison Campbell

So far I’ve been in @beondeck slack for two days and raised $20,000. The program doesn’t even kick-off until tomorrow. If this doesn’t convince you to join, idk what will. #beondeck #odf6

CS Freeland

Wish I was a part of every @beondeck cohort lol. What a badass concept, and they are really changing the game. Can’t wait to see the outcomes next year.

Anuj Abrol

Been thinking about the On Deck (@beondeck) team

They’re building an unstoppable startup machine

Monopoly on up and coming founders, talent, and investors 🔥

David Hoang

I’m so glad I decided to do @beondeck’s writing fellowship. The weekly writing workshops are so helpful. In addition to the writing, it’s great connecting with other writers and brainstorming.

One idea is called “Design Management: Year One.”

#ODW1

Dom Potter

For me @beondeck is so exciting because it is becoming a platform for bundling of the many strands of identity of ambitious people who want to change the world.

Hugo Amsellem

I wanted to write again and @BeOnDeck launched the Writer Fellowship.

Then I wanted to start a podcast and they announced the Podcast Fellowship.

Now I'm thinking about becoming a YouTuber...

TAKE MY MONEY.

Miguel Solano

Maybe biased but @beondeck's ODF may well be the closest today to early YC in the Cambridge days.

Katherine Lynn

I continue to be impressed with the overall program, caliber of fellows, and the ODF employees! (Plus some sweet music playlists during events and I got to practice rap w/ @eriktorenberg during kickoff.)

Happy to be in ODF5!

Joey DeBruin

Not only is community the new scarcity, it's absolutely a cold-start problem. Before @beondeck, I hated "networking." After, I have the opposite problem: too many genuinely energy-adding connections which keep branching out into more.

Everett Berry

When fundraising stopped cold and enterprise budgets froze in March 2020 i freaked tf out.

Luckily, as one of my favorite founders @mishkaorakzai said, "Silicon Valley moved to the cloud".

Forever grateful to the OD team and community for helping me meet the moment. #ODF3

Gale Wilkinson

Highly recommend @beondeck for angels and founders. I have learned a lot so far in their angel program.

Curriculum & Speakers

Some of the speakers joining us for our first cohort:
Vineeta Agarwala
Othman Laraki
Christine Lemke
Adam Goulburn
Malay Gandhi
Daniel Durand, MD
Tammy Sun
Gyan Kapur
Julien Emery
Anton Toutov
Introduction

Navigating the Health Fellowship

Learn how to navigate ODH and interact with fellows.
Navigating the Healthcare Ecosystem

Healthcare 101

Understand the core dynamics that drive the healthcare industry.

The Care Team and Care delivery

Learn how clinicians maintain high standards of patient care.

The Business of Healthcare

Master fundamental business models in health tech and identify underserved opportunities for innovation.

The Future of Health Tech

Get a pulse on the latest trends in health tech and what's coming next.
Sector-specific Programming

Dive deep into your preferred industry sector

Learn from leading-edge experts in sectors, including: Healthcare Data, BioTech and Medical Devices, Delivery of Care (B2B), Consumer Tech & Pharmacy Tech.
Launch your health-tech startup

Crafting your Health Tech Narrative

Develop a compelling narrative that resonates with customers, talent and investors.

Designing your Business Model & Pricing Strategy

Reverse engineer your business model to fit the unique healthcare market dynamics.

Fundraising

Understand best practices for grant-writing, project finance, raising from VCs and more.

Dealing with Red Tape

Overcome regulatory hurdles with industry best practices in healthcare innovation.
INCLUDING...
Health Library & Access to Industry Experts
Full access to a carefully curated Health Library enhanced by best practices and lessons learned from industry experts.
Build Weekends & Pitch Sessions
Get extra hands to tackle a pressing challenge for your startup or get feedback in your narrative as you prepare to approach potential customers and fundraise.
Mastermind Groups & Peer Coaching
Meet with an intimate group of fellows throughout the program to share knowledge and contacts in the health tech ecosystem.

The On Deck Method

We're building a modern educational institution that redefines how community and learning come together. Being part of any On Deck program means you’ll have access to a community of world-class professionals. With every new program we launch and cohort we start, your network gets stronger.

Here are the cornerstones of the On Deck experience:

Deep Friendships

Our virtual fellowship programs provide members with community, education, and support. This is a place for cohort-style learning, but also deep personal connections.

Unparalleled Knowledge

There are limitless opportunities for learning and sharing here. You’ll get access to expert speakers, office hours, build weekends, and our session library full of curated content. Dig in!

Community Diversity

We’re proud to have a community diverse in culture, thought, and life experiences. This enables revolutionary ideas, inclusive solutions, and boundless growth opportunities.

Scaled With Software

We’re building in-house tools to improve how we share community knowledge, aligned opportunities, and helpful connections.

Engineered Serendipity

When everyone is going through a shared experience and seeking similar goals, incredible things happen.

Spirit of Service

One of the things we love most about our community is how willing and excited members are to support one another. This spirit is the strong heartbeat of the On Deck community.

Apply for the Health  Fellowship

The first cohort kicks off April 10. Access to the program is $1,990 (or four installments of $500).*

FAQ

Who should apply?

To be a good fit for ODH, you are probably:

  • 100% committed to health tech for the next 5+ years of their career
  • Looking to start, scale, join, or advise/invest in a health tech startup
  • For founders, timing can range from an incredible founder in another industry who just started exploring the health ecosystem (as long as they’re 100% committed to the space) or founders of a larger health tech startup looking to scale or raise a series A+
  • For builders, we’re looking for mid-career fellows with deep expertise in their chosen field, including product management, practicing medicine, or building and scaling startups (just for starters)
  • For all Fellows, you should be thrilled to be both a mentor and a mentee to fellows with different areas of expertise and backgrounds. The goal is that you'll be leaving the fellowship with meaningful, deep relationships in the health tech space that they can carry throughout their career

What does it cost?

Joining the On Deck Health Fellowship costs $1990.


We're currently offering this as special early-bird pricing—it'll rise in the coming months, so apply now!


Are there scholarships or financing options available?

Our goal is to make the Fellowship accessible to the absolute best talent, no matter their financial situation.

All Fellows have the option to pay in four monthly installments rather than pay the full cost upfront. We also have a limited number of scholarships available thanks to our Access Fund. Information about scholarship applications will be provided to accepted Fellows closer to the kickoff date.


What is the time commitment?

Between speakers, advising sessions, and  mastermind groups, you should expect the fellowship to take up around three to four hours a week.

Beyond required sessions, ODH is a choose-your-own-adventure buffet. You get out what you put in: often, the biggest contributors are also the biggest beneficiaries.

Depending on your schedule and interests, you could choose to:

  • Attend everything and “gorge” yourself on knowledge until you explode
  • Tune in at your leisure to attend sessions that interest you
  • Or just search the directory and connect with interesting people one-on-one
  • Most ODH Fellows have full-time jobs and some have clinical responsibilities, so our programming is designed with that in mind.

Is this a fully remote program?

Yes: ODH will be run entirely remotely. This enables participation from all corners of the world. We’ve mastered the playbook for building remote communities and relationship building online, and will apply the same approach here.

Post-COVID, we’ll return to organizing offline programming like dinners, small gatherings, and retreats, but the core Fellowship will remain a remote-first experience.


Can I participate from anywhere in the world?

Yes; ODH will be run entirely remotely, but the focus will be on companies and organizations with products and services serving the U.S. healthcare system and American consumers. This enables participation from all corners of the world, while providing the most valuable experience possible for the fellows.

How long will I have access to the community?

After the fellowship, you’ll retain access to your cohort and be able to subscribe to membership for continued access to the On Deck ecosystem.

Did we miss your question? Drop us a line and we will get back to you asap.
other programS

On Deck Founders

Helping build community for top talent in the formative stages of starting a company.

On Deck Scale

Helping talented startup founders scale as leaders – all the way from seed stage to IPO.

On Deck First 50

Helping talented operators find their next role at a breakout early-stage company.

On Deck Catalyst

Helping young leaders solve the world’s most pressing problems and take an unconventional path to building their career

On Deck Investing

Helping intentional investors deepen their knowledge of public markets and learn practical tools for long-term wealth creation.

On Deck VCs

A high-trust network of top venture capitalists looking to fund and support world-changing companies.

On Deck Angels

Helping accelerate founders and experienced operators become successful angel investors.

On Deck Course Creators

Where the best creators go to build a Transformational Online Course that educates, inspires and empowers their students to take action.

On Deck Community Builders

Helping community managers learn how to cultivate an engaged, tight-knit fan base.

On Deck Podcasters

Where the best podcasters go to grow their audience and hone their craft.

On Deck Writers

Helping internet writers improve their writing, grow their craft, and connect with a lifelong creative community.

On Deck No-Code

Helping systems thinkers harness technology to scale their impact, no coding required.

On Deck Fintech

Helping members of the fintech ecosystem come together to build the next wave of innovation in financial services

On Deck Health

Helping healthcare innovators drive impact and collaboration at the intersection of medicine and business.

On Deck Climate Tech

Helping leaders passionate about our planet's health turn science into concrete action.

On Deck Product Management

Helping product managers hone their skills, build a trusted network of industry peers, and productize their expertise

On Deck Performative Speaking

Where the leaders of tomorrow come together to amplify their voice, craft their story, and master elite speaking skills to impact the world today.

On Deck Designers

For ambitious designers who want to hone their skills, increase their impact, and grow as leaders.

On Deck Chief of Staff

Where the best Chiefs of Staff go to uplevel their skills, build a supportive network, and get superpowers for themselves and their team.