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What is it?

The HealthTech Bootcamp is a 3 day weekend event to develop your idea for a healthtech Startup, a company that uses digital technology to improve health. Pitch your idea, gather a team, and work with the support of expert mentors to move your idea from vision into reality.  The event culminates in a pitch competition with judges from across the health and technology sectors and the opportunity to win prizes! The HealthTech Bootcamp is presented by The Health Cell and hosted by Geekdom in Downtown San Antonio.


Who is it for?

The HealthTech Bootcamp is specifically tailored to individuals in the medical, technology, and business sectors who either have a startup idea or want to join a healthtech team!


What is the purpose?

The purpose of The HealthTech Bootcamp is to accelerate the development and growth of a healthtech Startups in San Antonio. With the help of experts from the medical, technology, and business sector, the bootcamp will empower healthtech companies to launch and grow in San Antonio and join the already strong sectors of BioTech, Health Science Research, and Medical Devices.


How do I get accepted?

Two types of participants will be successful: 1) someone who has a great idea for a healthtech startup and is interested building a team and moving the idea forward in a weekend, and 2) someone who wants use their skills to participate in a team to do fun and amazing things over a weekend. If you already have assembled a team and are working on your project you are still eligible. Each participant will need to apply and indicate they are part of the team in the idea description. Depending on how far your team’s idea has progressed your team may be placed in a different tier of the competition.  


What is a healthtech startup?

A HealthTech Startup is an early stage company that is focused on disrupting the healthcare industry using databases, web and mobile applications, and/or wearables to improve health. See Examples. 


What is the Schedule?

This is a 3 day event where you will have access to the building 24/7 to develop your idea.

Friday, May 11th at 5:00 p.m.

Dinner and Introductions

Idea Formation, How to do an Elevator Pitch

How to do a Product/Market Fit

Selection of Winning Ideas and Form Teams

Saturday, May 12th at 9:00 a.m.

Idea Development, How to do a One Page Business Plan

Market Research, Customer Validation

How to Make Money, Revenue Models


Regulatory and Legal Implications in a HealthTech Company

Sunday, May 13th at 9:00 a.m.

Prototype Continuation

How to “Pitch To Win”


Pitch Practice

5:00pm Final Pitches and Judging


How do I win?

Everyone who participates will come away with new knowledge and experience. To showcase the work that was completed during the weekend, the bootcamp will conclude with a final pitch competition. The each team will pitch their healthtech startup, and the top teams with the best pitches will win prizes to help future nurture their startup. Prizes include:

  • Legal services to get you startup company legally formed
  • Intellectual Property legal services to protect your idea
  • Cash Prizes and more



  • Kick-Off is Friday, May 11th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Final Pitch competition, Sunday, May 13th, at 5:00 p.m.



There is no cost to apply to the HealthTech Bootcamp, If you are selected the cost to participate is $150, students $75.


Who should come to the Sunday Pitch?

Everyone! The final pitch competition is open to the public, and it is a great way to see the exciting new things happening in this burgeoning industry in San Antonio. Be there on Sunday, May 13th, at 5:00 p.m.


Meals are included

Dinner will be provided on Friday.

All 3 meals will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

Snacks and beverages are included throughout the weekend.

*Please make sure to indicate any dietary restrictions on your application.


Have Questions?

We are here to help, shoot us an email.


Hang out with us!

Learn about the HealthTech Bootcamp

We will be hosting several events related to the HealthTech Bootcamp. Get your calendars ready because this is going to be fun!


March 23rd, 4pm-6pm – Fermented Friday at Geekdom, 7th Floor

Fermented Friday is a regular Geekdom happy hour. On the 23rd HealthTech Bootcamp folks will be onsite to answer questions about the event and how it works. Geekdom is downtown at 110 East Houston, San Antonio, TX 78205.


April 3rd, 11:45am -1pm – The Health Cell Monthly Lunch

Healthtech startups and medical device startups both aim for positive effects on human health or the lowering the costs delivering care. While healthtech startups and medical device startups have many things in common, they can differ widely in things such as: startup costs, timeline, regulations and scalability. Our expert panel will set us straight on what it takes to launch each of these types of companies. Magnolia Halle, 10319 Huebner Rd, San Antonio, TX 78240 Registration required, check the events page for updates.


April 12th, 4:30pm -6pm – InnoTech HealthTech Bootcamp Mixer

Each year at InnoTech, a day is dedicated to the Emerging Medical Technology Symposium, a showcase developments in the health technology space. This year the HealthTech Bootcamp, The Health Cell and Innotech will partner up to sponsor the end-of-day mixer. Have a drink on us and come mingle with others who have a passion for improving health with technology. Norris Conference Center 618 Nw Loop 410, Ste 207, San Antonio, TX


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Planning Committee


Cynthia Phelps, PhD
Founder, HEALTHeDesigns LLC

Dr. Phelps is a researcher, digital designer, coach, international speaker and the founder of InnerAlly, a company that leverages research in positive psychology to create research-based curricula and digital tools to improve mental wellness.





Pratap Khanwilkar, PhD, MBA
Vice President of Product Development
InCube Labs

Dr. Khanwilkar identifies, develops, and translates disruptive medical and healthcare innovations into viable products and start-ups for strategic acquisitions and IPOs, and aims to develop and strengthen the local medtech ecosystem in San Antonio.




Teresa Evans, PhD
Author, Scientist, Consultant
UT Health

Dr. Evans conducts research in the fields of graduate student and postdoctoral fellow mental health, STEM Education, and Workforce Development. She exudes the rare combination of entrepreneurial energy and urgency coupled with deep strategic thinking.




Chris Armijo, MEd, MHA
Major, Healthcare Strategist
US Army Medical Command

Chris is an Executive Healthcare LSSBB Practitioner, with a focus in Population Health and Healthcare Administration. He is into Analytics and Data Driven Outcomes, and he promotes Community Engagement and Strategic Partnerships. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (LSSBB) – Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma DMAIC methodology.



Sarah Olivarez
Entrepreneur & Innovation Analyst
Alamo Colleges

Sarah is an aspiring entrepreneur who loves working with other entrepreneurs, specifically with business, technology, health, and event planning.