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Entrepreneurship for Cardiovascular Health Opportunities (ECHO) Program 2018 for veteran entrepreneurs & consultants in Canada.

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Application Deadline: Friday August 24, 2018.

Entrepreneurship for Cardiovascular Health Opportunities (ECHO) is a specialized hands-on training program led by veteran entrepreneurs and consultants across a variety of sectors. ECHO provides innovators of cardiovascular technologies with entrepreneurship training, mentorship, networking, and funding opportunities.

The ECHO program is funded and organized in a partnership between:

Translational Biology and Engineering Program (TBEP): The University of Toronto component of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, focused on heart failure research across the lifespan.

Health Innovation Hub (H2i): A University of Toronto campus-linked accelerator facilitating the commercialization of health matters.


  • Any Canadian-based student, researcher and/or entrepreneur developing advanced cardiovascular technologies and innovations is encouraged to apply!

** For application process see below

This is an ideal opportunity for researchers, postdoctoral fellows, clinical trainees and graduate students who are self-starters and want to refine their career path in a knowledge-based economy while retaining the opportunity to work in an innovation-based environment.

Program Overview

ECHO is a specialized experiential training program with main objectives to:

  • Provide entrepreneurship training, mentorship, networking and funding opportunities for early ventures in the cardiovascular health sector.
  • Aid in transferring research innovations and intellectual property from academic and hospital institutions into the economy.
  • Create more start-ups in the cardiovascular health sector.

Based in Toronto, this is a 12-month intensive training program led by high-calibre entrepreneurial industry, policy, regulatory and clinical experts. It comprises a unique combination of five complementary modules:

Module 1: Principles of Entrepreneurship

The MaRS Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops are a collection of experiential and hands-on workshops that are facilitated by veteran entrepreneurs. It targets such fundamental entrepreneurship principles as value proposition, business model, finance fundamentals, leadership, marketing and communication, sales strategy and pitching to investors.

Module 2: Health Venture Rounds

A series of interactive workshops focused on key subjects pivotal to the success of early stage start-ups in the health sector such as market research, corporate governance, intellectual property, regulatory strategy, clinical trials, quality systems, health technology assessment, procurement, funding and government resources, and investments, and partnerships.

They are facilitated by academic, industry and government subject matter experts.

Module 3: Lessons from Leaders

A seminar series in which successful entrepreneurs and business leaders share their experiences in commercializing technologies in the cardiovascular health sector.

Guest speakers include executives and founders of medical device, biotechnology and digital health companies.


Ventures accepted into ECHO are required to:

  • Participate in each program module, held in Toronto, for 12 months beginning October 1, 2018
  • Attend a minimum of 80% of all program workshops and seminars
  • Become an H2i member and engage with H2i mentors
  • Participate in the final pitch competition for the opportunity to win start-up funding


Any Canadian-based student, researcher and/or entrepreneur developing advanced cardiovascular technologies and innovations is eligible to apply.

Competitive Enrollment Process

ECHO has limited space available, so candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


Complete the following two forms and submit by Friday August 24, 2018.

1) ECHO Application Form: submit via email to Soror Sharifpoor, TBEP research program manager.

2) H2i Client Application Form: submitted online

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Entrepreneurship for Cardiovascular Health Opportunities (ECHO) Program 

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