Teaming Up with Entrepreneurs to Tackle Healthcare’s Biggest Challenges
// By Melanie Graham //
Every year, thousands of investors and healthcare industry leaders descend on San Francisco for the annual J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. It’s a huge, four-day event that brings together start-ups, large corporations, providers, and pharmaceutical companies.
But down the street, while the J.P. Morgan conference is just getting started, another community of healthcare innovators gathers to discuss and collaborate on healthcare “moonshots” — seemingly impossible healthcare goals — at the StartUp Health Festival.
StartUp Health, a global innovation company, brings together investor partners with entrepreneurs who are tackling 11 healthcare moonshots: Access to Care, Cost to Zero, Cure Disease, Cancer, Women’s Health, Children’s Health, Nutrition, Brain, Mental Health, Longevity, and Opioid Crisis.
Now in its seventh year, the annual Festival has grown from a small group of investors and entrepreneurs to a two-day invitation-only event with nearly 2,000 attendees that also includes venture capitalists as well as healthcare decision-makers from pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, nonprofits, government agencies, payers, and health systems.
Building the Right Kind of Hospital
The Festival showcases entrepreneurs in StartUp Health’s portfolio and includes important fireside chats with healthcare leaders at the helm of some of the country’s most innovative health systems, including Kaiser Permanente and Advocate Aurora Health.
“These CEOs are leading very large, entrepreneurial organizations with a mindset geared toward growth and innovation,” says Steven Krein, StartUp Health’s CEO and co-founder. “Inviting them is crucial because they represent what people should look to do to build the right kind of hospital.”