The Foundry

Part of Orlando Health Strategic Innovations and in partnership with Healthbox, the Orlando Health Foundry is a program that helps team members and physicians explore the commercial potential of their healthcare innovation ideas. By harnessing internal creativity, the Foundry strives to help team members and physicians advance ideas that demonstrate potential to meaningfully impact how healthcare is delivered across Orlando Health.


The Foundry is a structured eight-week process, taking place each spring, for selected Orlando Health innovators to refine their concept, validate the market opportunity, identify product development or service needs, and develop a plan for growth, including go-to-market strategy and funding needs. The goal of the Orlando Health Foundry is to support innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs and their innovative ideas by providing a market- tested curriculum. This program helps assess the commercial viability of ideas and business concepts and allows the innovators to refine their approach. After this program, innovators will be given an opportunity to seek funding to further develop their idea to scale internally before taking it to market.


Attend a Virtual Innovation Workshop

Attend a Virtual Workshop to learn more about the Foundry and how to develop your idea for consideration. Team members and physicians are welcome to register for the virtual workshop individually, at any time.  Register by clicking the link below. You will receive a link via email to access the workshop. 

Register for a Virtual Workshop

Important Upcoming Dates

APPLICATION WINDOW OPEN -  Start your application here. 

2019 Foundry Workshops - September & October 2019. Locations and dates to be determined. 

2020 Foundry - The Foundry is an annual program that will begin again in 2020. Final idea review and selection will take place December 2019 through January 2020. To learn more about the Foundry process and schedule, download the Innovator's Guide below. 

What Innovators are saying about the Foundry

Foundry Program: Frequently Asked Questions

What if I can’t make it to any of the times listed above? Orlando Health offers a virtual innovation workshop which can be accessed anytime: at this link

Do I have to attend a workshop to submit my idea?  No, but it is encouraged. If you have an idea ready for submission, plan to apply after the application launches on September 7 from the Strategic Innovations page.

Do I have to have an idea to attend a workshop? No, it is not necessary to come into a workshop with an existing idea. However, past participants of Innovation Workshops have expressed how much the workshop helped evolve and advance their idea before they started the Foundry application.

What are my rights regarding Intellectual Property? Workshops are a safe space for discussion and collaboration. All workshop participants will sign non-disclosure agreements to ensure that all ideas discussed at the workshops are protected. Specifics on Orlando Health’s IP policy will be discussed in more detail at workshops.

What are the dates for the 2019 Foundry Program? The 2019 Foundry program consists of four modules over the following dates: March 21st, April 4th, April 18th, May 2nd. Each module runs from 8am-1pm.

When are applications due? Applications for the 2019 Foundry program will open Friday September 7, 2018 through December 21, 2018, for all team members and physicians.

I have a question that was not addressed above. Representatives from Orlando Health and Healthbox are happy to assist at any time with outstanding questions or concerns. Contact: [email protected], [email protected]

Download the Innovator's Guide

This document also explains how Orlando Health is dedicated to supporting your innovative idea and helping advance the idea through the Foundry program. In the Innovation Guide you'll learn about the journey of a Foundry Applicant, how to create a strong Foundry application, how the Foundry applications are scored and what happens for innovators after they've completed the Foundry program and are on their way to launching their idea.


Do You Have a Great Idea? Apply to the Foundry!

Submit your idea to the Foundry for consideration. Ideas will be assessed throughout the year. You will be directed to our online application portal, where you can create an account to begin your Foundry application. 

Submit Your Idea