GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit

November 17, 2021
In-person Summit

The GlobalSTL Health Innovation Summit is for digital health startups looking to access Midwestern customers via strategic business development opportunities. GlobalSTL membership is comprised of 18 healthcare organizations (systems, payers, PBMs) across 5 Midwestern states, whose combined revenues exceed $360 billion. 

The Summit is a highly-curated, intimate gathering where select startups are recruited to meet with decision makers from large organizations who have specific pain points they are trying to solve for and address. Only startups who receive strong interest from multiple GlobalSTL member organizations are invited to participate. 

The Summit is not a typical booth-style marketing conference. The Summit is for business development and partnership creation. In fact, 41% of the startups that are invited close business deals with at least one of the strategics they meet here. 

Our plan is to work with local health officials and top local event managers to host a safe and high-value in person Summit on November 17, 2021. 

Highly-Curated One-on-One Meetings

Teams of senior stakeholders from strategics will pre-select to meet with you if your solution matches their innovation needs. Receive your 1:1 meeting schedule one month prior to the event

Pitch to Top Leadership

Share your story and solutions with ~150 local health care innovation, clinical, and business unit leaders

Panel Discussions

Learn how to succeed in the St. Louis & Midwest market, both from what strategics are looking for in partners and how past GHIS alumni have succeeded and gained customers

Summit Attendees Include the Nation's Largest Healthcare Systems and Organizations

St. Louis alone is headquarters to many of the nation's largest health care systems and organizations, representing $262 billion in combined purchasing power. This is greater than Boston, Cleveland, Nashville, or Chicago. 

GlobalSTL's membership has now expanded to include health care organizations from 5 Midwestern states, who in total represent $360 billion in total purchasing power (~10% US healthcare spending). 

Invited startups will be meeting with senior leaders and decision makers from these organizations. 

2021 Innovation "Shopping List"

These are the pain points that the strategics care about in 2021. If your solution solves for any of these, we'd encourage you to apply: 

  • Building consumer-centric heath care experience
    • Enhancing the digital front door infrastructure that was catalyzed by Covid and virtual care demand surge
    • Proven consumer engagement strategies and tools to create behavior change towards healthier, more cost-effective choices
    • Care navigation tools to help orient and guide patients, reducing confusion while empowering with clear instructions and knowledge
      • Clinically proven solutions for building and delivering personalized care pathways
    • Senior health engagement solutions/applications, including ones that support a variety of ways to interact, inspire and improve the health of older Americans
    • Equity: Providing highest standards of care for most vulnerable populations to demonstrate reduction or elimination of system inequities
  • Improving telehealth capabilities
    • Hospital at home solutions to reduce cost of care and the number of visits to hospital while delivering care in most convenient way to patient
    • High engagement remote monitoring solutions of chronic diseases
    • Enrolling and engaging the worried well and high utilizers (chronic conditions and seniors)
    • Technologies and services to reduce readmissions
  • Behavioral/mental health solutions proven to improve outcomes
  • Integrating Social determinants of health to make healthcare more equitable; manage population health & risk
    • Increasing longitudinal record of patient/member history to provide better care and build stronger relationships and consumer loyalty
  • Leveraging health & non-health data to deliver triple AIM
    • Extracting clinically relevant meaning from data without overburdening patients or clinicians
    • AI/Big Data solutions including predictive technology and risk stratification to support population health
    • Real-time analytics to expedite care decisions
  • Bridge technologies or services that help bring together payers, providers and healthcare facilities to provide better care, at lower costs, with better UX
  • Lowering operational and administrative costs for health care ecosystem
    • Automation & AI
    • Strategic and agile supply chain innovations


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Matt Hermann

Ascension Ventures, Senior Managing Partner

“GlobalSTL did a masterful job showcasing St. Louis’ many assets in a terrific setting and bringing in a wide range of interesting companies that was higher quality than what I see at the HIMSS Venture Fair.”

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Mark Bini

Express Scripts, Chief Patient Experience Officer

“In one word, I would just say ‘Wow!’ There’s tremendous value in what GlobalSTL did here.”

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Tom Maddox

BJC Healthcare-WUSM Healthcare Innovation Lab, Executive Director

“We believe very strongly in the GlobalSTL model, and in my role as the director of the Healthcare Innovation Lab, I view GlobalSTL as my core international sourcing partner. ”

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Jory Tremblay

Babylon Health - Former Head of US Growth

“If I'm sitting in the UK and I want to access the U.S. health care system, St. Louis and the GHIS is a very logical place to start. St. Louis is centrally located, and has 8 percent of total U.S. health care spend. The GHIS is a curated process so the companies you meet are interested in the solutions you have. It’s a really good investment of your time.”

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Ziv Ofek


“St. Louis is a hidden gem in healthcare. I was blown away by the level of innovation and scope of their healthcare systems. GlobalSTL is THE navigator for startups to connect with St. Louis.”

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Ken Cahill

SilverCloud Health CEO

“The number of meetings GlobalSTL curated for us in the last 24 to 48 hours is probably equivalent to 6 months of work, in terms of the people, the levels, and quality. We are exploring a second hub outside of Boston, and are seriously considering St. Louis. We see this as a very powerful location for us and an influential one as well. ”

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Ciara Clancy

Beats Medical CEO

“Excellent, one of the best summits I'd been to. From start to finish you planned out an exceptional itinerary, which helped us feel so welcome and part of the community in St Louis.”

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Philip Siberg

Coala Life CEO

“St. Louis has been an enormous entry point to us in the U.S. We have our first customers there. I also feel like St. Louis has some similarities with Stockholm where the key to succeeding is by working together with academia, industry and researchers. If you can combine those three things together to create an ecosystem, that’s a huge opportunity for us. St. Louis has that powerhouse to make that happen.”

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