What is 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 investment.

Attend an Innovation Workshop

Attend an Orlando Health Innovation Workshop to learn more about the Foundry program and how your idea can become reality with the resources available. Team members and physicians are welcome to attend any workshop that aligns with your schedule. You are welcome to bring details about an idea that you are actively developing for feedback and guidance, or come without a specific idea and participate to learn more about the process. Workshops last 4 hours, but partial attendance is permitted if the time commitment presents challenges. Register by clicking the links 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 http://bit.ly/OHSIvirtual

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!

Fill out a brief form to be considered for Orlando Health's Foundry program. After clicking the link you will be asked to create an account on our Foundry portal. After creating your account you can complete your application to the Foundry.

Submit Your Idea