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Giving Healthcare Startups a Healthy Start

Our goal is to foster collaboration in the sector to create jobs, spur innovation, and increase investment in Louisville’s healthcare economy. Startups are key to achieving that goal.

We offer a number of resources for founders, including connection to mentors, entrepreneurial training and opportunities to compete with other startups and innovators for a shot at investment. Learn more below and apply here to participate in CEOc programs.


The CareTech Pitch competition, an international program centered around a Global Innovation Search through the Aging2.0 network. The annual competition identifies top entrepreneurs from around the globe, providing the necessary connections, support and infrastructure to bring life-changing innovations to market. It is held during the annual OPTIMIZE conference presented by CEOc and Aging2.0, which gathers healthcare aging industry leaders, innovators, entrepreneurs and investors from across the globe.
The Chairman's Circle is a group of highly experienced healthcare executives and entrepreneurs. The Chairman's circle works with entrepreneurs to mentor them and assist them in growing their businesses. Led by Randy Bufford, founder, former CEO and current chairman of the board of Trilogy Health Services, the Chairman’s Circle is comprised of former CEOs and founders who have transitioned out of their full time roles and choose to mentor entrepreneurs who are tackling challenges in the aging innovation space.
CEOc works closely with our partners at the University of Louisville. We frequently will support healthcare teams participating in LaunchIt, the university's 10-week entrepreneurship and innovation bootcamp. UofL runs two virtual/hybrid cycles per year, one in fall and one in spring. Learn more about the program on the UofL website.


Please fill out this form to be considered for mentorship. Once completed, our team will review your company information and match your company with a mentor.
Generally speaking, CEOc would like to hear from all healthcare and healthcare technology innovators/entrepreneurs that have an established business. For the purpose of mentorship, funding, and pilots, we are most interested in growth-stage companies. As we work towards building out our recently acquired Aging2.0 programs, there will be an opportunity for early-stage companies to participate in accelerator programs.
If you or your company is located outside of Kentucky, you can still apply. Our CareTech Pitch competition regularly welcomes innovative startups from around the country.
CEOc is focused on the healthcare industry. For companies focused on other industries, we recommend that you connect with our partners at Amplify Louisville.