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Healthcare Startups: ACP Startup Advisors Network

Please be aware that all Advisors in the ACP Startup Advisors Network can view any ideas, concepts, content, materials, designs, logos, inventions, trade secrets, and discoveries you post to this website. Other Startups will not be able to see your postings and conversations with Advisors, and ACP staff will make our best effort to avoid having potentially competitive companies in the network at the same time. Your privacy is protected as described in the ACP Privacy Policy and you are required to abide by the ACP Member Forums Terms and Conditions, so be aware of what you are sharing and with whom you are sharing it. If you are unsure, please contact us to confirm before you post.
Startup Advisors Network

In this new program, ACP brings ideas from startup companies to an expert panel of member physicians who provide feedback and guidance to help transform the practice of medicine through innovation.

Free Advisory Forum for Healthcare Startups

The ACP Startup Advisors Network is a free resource for entrepreneurs to get practical feedback and advice from internal medicine physicians in a wide variety of practice settings across the US. The format is an online forum specific to each startup.

Key benefits to startups:

  • Get unbiased feedback and advice from physicians on the front line of healthcare
  • Refine your product-market fit through online discussions
  • Access a diverse audience of physicians and patients
  • Affiliate with the largest specialty society in the world, the American College of Physicians

The Network is intended as an advisory resource during the product development and market introduction stage, so ask questions and encourage advisors to implement the product on a “free trial” basis. The Network is not intended to be used as a sales channel.

Who are the advisors?

Participants include general internists in outpatient (primary care) and inpatient settings, as well as medical subspecialists. Approximately 200 physicians are registered as advisors, with the network continuing to grow.

  • Specialties include: general internal medicine (64%); hospital medicine (17%); and IM subspecialties (19%)
  • Practice settings include: Private practice in large and small practices (33%), Academic faculty (26%), Hospital-employed (28%)
  • Geographic diversity covers 36 states and 13 foreign countries

How does it work?

The core of the network is an online discussion group with a private forum for each startup. All advisors will be able to see all startup forums, and the most relevant physicians will get an email alert when a new topic is introduced. The startup representative posts questions to the online forum and advisors will answer within the forum. It is the startup’s responsibility to keep the discussion going with questions, but ACP staff will reach out to advisors if necessary to stimulate responses. The online format is meant to accommodate the busy schedules of the physicians; however, if the startup develops a rapport with a physician, they may mutually agree to have a private conversation through email or phone.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Product or service is intended to be used by a physician or by a patient in partnership with a physician.
  2. Product or service would be used by patients or physicians in the field of general internal medicine (adult primary care, inpatient or outpatient) or an internal medicine subspecialty, including cardiology, endocrinology/diabetes care, gastroenterology, infectious disease, allergy and immunology, nephrology, pulmonology, and rheumatology.
  3. Product or service is beyond the conceptual stage and is at a minimum at the working prototype stage.
  4. Company has not completed a Series A round of financing, and is not owned by another corporation.


  1. If your product or service meets the eligibility requirements, simply complete a brief application and provide a pitch video (if available) describing the product/service. Keep in mind that your audience is physicians, not investors.
  2. ACP staff will review applications for relevance to internal medicine and the need for feedback. Expect to hear back from ACP within a few days.
  3. Entrepreneurs who are accepted into the network will have access to advisors for 90 days, with extensions possible. ACP staff will monitor connections between advisors and entrepreneurs and proactively encourage introductions if needed.

The Startup Advisors Network is confidential and secure. All introductions between entrepreneurs and ACP Startup Advisors will be managed through a secure online forum for this group only, and private contact information will not be shared with anyone. Discussions about the product will not be viewable to other startups participating in the network. Once you have established a relationship with one or more ACP Startup Advisors, communications can continue in a manner and frequency mutually agreeable to all parties.

Application Process

  1. If you do not already have an ACP Online username and password, please register for an account.
  2. Once you have an ACP Online account:

    Apply Now

How ACP Members Can Get Involved

Join the ACP Startup Advisors Network and offer guidance to startup companies developing new technologies related to internal medicine. Members' real-world experience can help entrepreneurs develop products which will improve the effectiveness or efficiency of medical care, and design solutions that will work for physicians and patients.

Being an ACP Startup Advisor will be intellectually stimulating and professionally rewarding. Advisors will benefit by:

  • Being among the first to learn about new digital health applications before they are widely distributed
  • Shaping new technologies to meet physicians' and patients' needs
  • Having the opportunity offer feedback that is valued and respected by entrepreneurs

The Startup Advisors Network will be on-call to respond to entrepreneurs selected by ACP. Feedback may be given virtually or through conversations, and network members can devote as much or as little time as they choose. This is a free service for both ACP members and selected startup companies.

All introductions between entrepreneurs and ACP Startup Advisors will be managed through a secure online discussion forum for this group only, and advisors' private contact information will not be shared.  Advisors are free to unsubscribe to a specific startup’s message stream at any time.

Become an Advisor