About Innovations in Healthcare

Innovations in Healthcare is a nonprofit organization hosted by Duke University and founded in 2011 by Duke Health, McKinsey & Company, and the World Economic Forum. We aim to improve healthcare worldwide by supporting the scale and impact of promising innovations. We receive support from and collaborate with a global and diverse group of organizations, including corporations and foundations that are committed to strengthening and increasing the scale of healthcare innovations.


At the heart of Innovations in Healthcare is our network of 90+ innovators from around the world working to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare.  Every year, we identify and recruit entrepreneurs with promising models of healthcare to apply to join our network as innovators. Through a highly competitive process, we then select the best organizations to join us.   We help connect these innovators with opportunities, information, and contacts they need to scale up their work.


Innovations in Healthcare hosts and attends meetings where we highlight the work of our innovators both individually and collectively. Our Annual Forum is an intensive two-day annual gathering where innovators and leaders in the social, private, and public sector gather to collaborate and exchange ideas and insights. We facilitate the development and dissemination of focused insights and new evidence about healthcare innovation and strategies to scale and replicate good ideas. Innovations in Healthcare produces white papers and case studies on healthcare innovation, both independently and in collaboration with partners.

How We Work

We work in four main ways:

1. Source

We increase awareness of promising new strategies to address health challenges by curating a network of the most innovative healthcare entrepreneurs from around the world.

2. Strengthen

We offer programming to support the development and growth of innovative health organizations, including: business support, networking and learning opportunities, and access to financing.

3. Scale

We help spread these innovations by supporting the planning, piloting, and evaluation of their adoption in new settings.

4. Study

We facilitate the development and dissemination of focused insights and new evidence about global innovation and offer smart and practical strategies and ideas.



In addition to supporting 92 innnovator organizations in nearly 90 countries, Innovations in Healthcare leads and supports a rich portfolio of programs to:

  • Design, implement, and evaluate global health programs
  • Generate local, national, and regional market insights
  • Create and deliver capacity building training resources
  • Convene leaders to develop breakthrough solutions
  • Develop evaluation tools that measure population health impact

See more about our programs