Rise Up and Become a Part of Our Healthtech Community

Advance your technology, develop skills, and work with our network of experts

UCSF Rosenman RISE is offering entrepreneurs specialized mentorship, networking opportunities, and a community of fellow innovators. We believe mentorship and supportive communities are essential to a growing company, and that by leveraging our community we can provide you with the resources you need to succeed!

Once selected, RISE entrepreneurs will gain access to three months of one-on-one interactions with experienced mentors from our network and beyond. These mentors will have a wide range of expertise and will be matched with the entrepreneurs based on technology, company stage and goals.

Areas of expertise will include but are not limited to communications, legal matters, market access, market development, business strategy, and investment.

Applications Closed

The deadline is Wednesday, February 9, 2022.


  • Entrepreneurs based anywhere in the US are eligible.
  • Early-stage entrepreneurs in companies with a minimum viable product are encouraged to apply, although later-stage companies are also welcome.
  • Entrepreneurs must be from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in health technology, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. This includes, but is not limited to, women of any ethnic or racial group as well as any individual identifying as Hispanic, Black, Asian (South East Asian), Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander, or American Indian / Alaska Native.
  • If selected, entrepreneurs must commit the required time to interact with mentors. Interaction can be via Zoom or in person.

Benefits to Entrepreneurs

RISE entrepreneurs will receive a benefits package including mentorship, network access, and specialized skill development. Once accepted, RISE entrepreneurs will immediately be matched with 3-5 experts in their field who will serve as mentors and advisors. You will also gain the support of UCSF Rosenman Institute staff, as well as a lifelong place in our network of investors and entrepreneurs.

Benefits to Sponsors

​RISE offers the chance to foster connections with the leaders of tomorrow, through a mutually supportive network for participating entrepreneurs as well as the companies that sponsor their mentorship. Our sponsors will have access to a diverse pool of rising entrepreneurs and leaders in their fields, as well as access to the robust UCSF innovation and investor community.


The UCSF Rosenman Institute and our partners practice social distancing. All 2022 RISE events will be held virtually.

Program Partners

Working with someone like my mentor, who has deep technical and operational experience, was incredibly insightful for understanding how I can help Encellin succeed. Beyond the one-on-one mentorship, the RISE Program was an eyeopener for how instrumental mentorship can be in Encellin’s development and my personal growth.

Crystal Nyitry
CEO, Encellin

RISE was created to provide founders from underrepresented groups with advice and support to make the launch and scale of their healthtech, digital, or other life science innovation as successful as possible. Too often important business obstacles go unresolved or opportunities unmet, because founders of color and female founders may not be able to access the same funding or operational expertise as other entrepreneurs. We aim to solve this inequity with a dedicated team of Roseman innovators in an ecosystem poised and ready to assist.

Marc Samuels
CEO of ADVI Health, Co-Chairman of the RISE program

The RISE program has provided invaluable support to help us move into the next stage of our development. My mentor during the program was able to share her expertise and experience that ultimately helped me formalize our business strategy and outreach materials to support our customer acquisition during the next phase of our growth and development.

Cyrell Roberson
CEO, Jubily, Inc.

The playing field for innovators isn’t level, and not everyone with a great idea who wants to launch or scale a healthtech startup has access to advisors and mentors. Oliver Wyman is proud to partner with the UCSF Rosenman RISE program as it connects entrepreneurs from underrepresented backgrounds with the resources they need to make healthcare more affordable and accessible for all.

Sam Glick
Global Lead of Oliver Wyman’s Health and Life Sciences practice

We are proud to support this new and important program to advance opportunity for diverse entrepreneurs operating in the health technology sector. Health technology entrepreneurs and founders should be judged on the innovative ideas and solutions they bring to the marketplace and we believe this significant initiative will help drive positive change across the industry.

Genhi Givings Bailey
Perkins Coie’s chief diversity & inclusion officer