Pulse: A Health Innovation Network
Make your idea become a reality.
Pulse is a network of health professionals who are working together to translate innovative ideas into real impact. Pulse helps create, develop, and scale ideas and projects by offering educational, experiential, advisory, and funding opportunities in the aging, medtech, therapeutic, and social health innovation spaces.
Pulse hosts events open to all to encourage innovative thinking in students, founders, and industry.
Pulse offers tailored resources for venture teams to develop ideas, build product, and find talent.
Pulse directly supports and connects venture teams with an array of national support organizations.
For Venture Teams
Pulse supports venture teams who are tackling big problems, refining their ideas, talking to customers, building prototypes, or seeking funding. Get in touch to access hand in hand support tailored to your specific needs. It's best to reach out early, even if you haven't fully formed your idea yet.
Pulse supports innovators to explore the commercialization potential of their projects. We offer direct help with the development of ideas, direction on funding and grant opportunities, and warm connections to innovation and commercialization support organizations.
For Young Professionals
Pulse is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Department of Advanced Education and the Faculties of Dentistry, Health, and Medicine at Dalhousie University. Through this partnership Pulse has deep insight into new and emerging fields where young professionals could be future leaders. If you're interested in where a career in health innovation could take you, check out our networking events to explore local opportunities.
Get in touch.
Want something a little more personal? Have questions about what we do? We're happy to have a chat and explore opportunities together. Email us directly!
Have an idea?
We're here to help!
Whether you're a student, a researcher, a faculty member, or a working professional; we would love to hear what you're working on! We are here to bust down the walls in your way to help you succeed. We pride ourselves in viewing our support as an ongoing relationship, it's important for us to stay engaged throughout your whole innovation journey. Take two seconds and fill out the form below so we can know a little more about you and the project you're working on and we'll be in touch!
Pulse: A Health Innovation Community
Make their ideas become a reality.
Pulse is a community of health professionals who are working together to translate innovative ideas into commercial ventures. Pulse helps build, develop, and intensify new ideas and current projects by offering educational, experiential, advisory, and funding opportunities in the aging, medtech, therapeutics, and social health innovation spaces.
Who We Support
At the core, Pulse is focused on supporting students with innovative ideas. Pulse is there to support these innovators whether it’s an idea for a new app in mobile health, a device someone has developed in their garage, or an idea for a way of doing things differently in our healthcare system. Pulse has identified four strategic areas to support young innovators and will allocate resources to support students and venture teams in aging, medtech, therapeutics, and social health innovation spaces.
Early stage individuals and teams focused on testing ideas around complex aging barriers such as frailty, mobility, brain health and cognition, chronic disease, the continuum of care, mental health, and physical activity.
Early stage teams or researchers already leveraging biomanufacturing and bioengineering resources who are looking to accelerate their commercialization potential.
Early stage medtech and healthtech ideas which are seeking to gain market insights, accelerate product development, find funding, and access larger networks.
Early stage ideas focused on education, environment, culture, or other social issues with a positive impact on the community which are exploring support in idea development, customer discovery, funding strategy, and market expansion.
How we support
**Community — ** Pulse hosts events open to all to encourage innovative thinking in students, faculty, and professionals. Our speaker series, evening networking events, and educational opportunities are all part of our goal of having a connected and collaborative community. Pulse also partners with many local and national organizations to create new resources for participants in terms of connections, career opportunities, businesses development support, and funding.
**Consultation — ** Pulse offers tailored resources for venture teams to develop product, build talent, and find funding. Pulse supports venture teams who are tackling big problems, refining their ideas, building prototypes, talking to customers, or seeking initial funding. Venture teams can access hand in hand support tailored to their specific needs and we encourage teams to reach out early, even without a fully formed idea. The best way to access these resources is to have an idea and pitch it to us.
**Capital — ** Pulse can directly invest and connects venture teams with an array of national investors and agencies. Pulse offers direct help with the development of projects, direction on funding and grant opportunities, and warm connections to innovation and commercialization support organizations. Pulse also supports faculty members from all universities to explore the commercialization potential of their research.
What success means to us
Conversations and Data — The more conversations and touch points we have with students the better informed our other initiatives become. Conversations fuel the funnel for every other program, opportunity, or introduction across the ecosystem, filling the funnel with as many innovators as possible is key. Things like informal chats, coffees, surveys, focus groups, networking events, and supporting student societies are all examples of ways we can deeply engage with new people and new ideas.
Increasing Awareness — A strong brand and identity is key for Pulse to thrive. We'll know we have built a strong identity when we have more people coming to us, versus us going to them. To do this we'll need to start small, with physical outreach and personal conversations. But once a small following is built, our strategy is to leverage that and turn it into something sustainable such as recurring events or sessions (ie. every Tuesday we have a fun networking event, etc.).
Companies — Ultimate success would be helping someone with an idea turning it into a reality. That looks different for everyone but examples would be helping someone develop a business plan, financially supporting the testing of a hypothesis, covering the lawyer fees for one's incorporation, introducing an innovator to an investor, helping someone with interviewing this target customer, etc. Once the funnel is built, this will be the easy part!
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