2024 Innovation Accelerator Pitch Event

The Penn Nursing Innovation Accelerator provides funding, mentorship, and education to assist Penn Nursing students and faculty with the creation and testing of early-stage solutions to improve health and healthcare outcomes with a priority on populations of greatest need.


Keynote by Dayna Dixon, PhD, RN, NPD-BC, CPHQ, Nurse Innovation Advocate and Researcher.

Livesketching by design strategist and nurse ally, Rachael Acker.


  • Denita Henderson, Managing Director, Pennovation Works
  • Roze McDevitt, Senior Venture Capitalist Analyst, Ben Franklin Tech Partners
  • Jeffrey L. Seltzer, Managing Partner, Pierce Yates Ventures and Penn Nursing Innovation Committee
  • Brett Topche, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Red & Blue Ventures

New for 2024 - In partnership with Pennovation Works, the Penn Nursing Innovation Accelerator winners will be accepted into the 2024 Pennovation Accelerator and participate in the six-week summer program to further develop their business strategy and cultivate their network.

Supported by Carolyn E. Bennett (NU’91) and Thomas L. Bennett; Seth Ginns (C’20) and Jane Ginns; and Andrea B. Laporte (NU’69).