MATTER’s programs address the needs of healthcare entrepreneurs and innovators.

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Our curriculum educates entrepreneurs through workshops that help them segment their target customers and craft compelling value propositions. Workshops include pragmatic advice on how to recruit founders and employees, raise money, identify and approach customers, shorten sales cycles, build pipelines, and scale up for success. The curriculum also provides leadership training and insights into new regulations and healthcare trends.

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The Clinic

The Clinic program connects entrepreneurs with subject matter experts in the healthcare industry to help them vet hypotheses about their business models.

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Immersion Series

The Immersion Series convenes experts to uncover the biggest needs and opportunities for healthcare innovation. Focused on healthy aging, health data, and precision health, immersions foster collaborations centered on exploring industry trends and designing novel solutions.

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Our mentors-in-residence are the heart and soul of our mentoring programs. They are experienced entrepreneurs who help guide our members every week.

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Living Lab

Partners identify emerging leaders within their organizations to join an interdisciplinary team working alongside our entrepreneurial community for 3 months. The team identifies an opportunity and develops an approach while gaining entrepreneurial and leadership experience and networking with peers. Our inaugural class of living lab fellows focused on adherence.

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Chicago Innovation Mentors (CIM)

Chicago Innovation Mentors is a team-based mentoring service whose 200 mentors have deep experience in the healthcare industry. CIM focuses on the commercialization of research-based technologies emerging from leading universities.

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Financing Clinics

We give entrepreneurs access to investors as well as the tools to build relationships with them. Clinics start with short presentations from investment firms, followed by one-on-one meetings with a curated group of entrepreneurs.

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Speaker Series

We embolden our community by recruiting speakers to share their experiences in the healthcare industry. Our Tales from the Trenches series invites healthcare entrepreneurs to share stories about starting their businesses, while our NorthShore Next series brings in researchers working on cutting-edge healthcare technologies.

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Midwest University Healthtech Showcase

Each spring, we convene investors and entrepreneurs commercializing healthcare technologies from universities across the midwest. Last year, 9 universities showcased 50 technologies to more than 100 investors.

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Inside/Out reverses the process by which many products get to market: the customer always leads these forums by presenting a challenge they face. We curate a room full of experts from across the industry to brainstorm better solutions to the challenge. Inside/Out programs have focused on issues such as diabetes and readmissions.

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Through the ACCESS program, our industry partners invite members of a department or functional unit to present their interest in healthcare innovation and their process for adopting external technologies. We then curate a list of entrepreneurs to meet with the partner’s team in a series of back-to-back meetings.

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Our salons convene leading executives, government officials, patients, and entrepreneurs to discuss healthcare issues that are relevant to all parties, with the goal of sharing perspectives on the issue.

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Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3)

HC3 is a collaboration that enables Chicagoland health care companies to expand the intellectual, technical, human, and financial capital required to succeed in the value-based healthcare economy while concurrently raising Chicago’s profile as an American health care epicenter.

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