Glafira Marcon is on a mission to learn as much as she can about healthcare. The Macalester College alumnus joined the Healthcare.mn team shortly after graduation and took over as lead organizer this past October. She has some fresh, new directives in store for the group in 2016.
Healthcare.mn, the Twin Cities community for healthcare innovation and startups, operates with the vision that “Minnesota is the best place to launch a healthcare startup,” explains Glafira. The group’s main focus is “to bring together healthcare innovation enthusiasts to catalyze the community, energize it, and support it.”
Healthcare.mn lowers barriers to success for healthcare startups and entrepreneurs by making information and connections more accessible. The group serves as a platform for exposure for these innovators and delivers “access to resources as well so that they can find a path to elevate and spread their solutions,” says Glafira.
The now over 1,100-member strong group was originally founded by local entrepreneurs Peter Kane, Thompson Aderinkomi, and Solome Tibebu in 2013. The trio noticed the general lack of a community-based supportive group when launching their own startups and wanted to build a place where Twin Cities healthcare entrepreneurs could share ideas and build their network.
Membership has rapidly grown over the past three years and Healthcare.mn continues to diversify in scope as the group expands, offering something for any entrepreneur operating in the Twin Cities healthcare space. “Members find immense value in our group, whether it’s in the content of a discussion or just being in the same room with all these amazing people,” says Glafira.
The Healthcare.mn team continues to expand as a few more entrepreneurs were recently added to the organizing team. These intrepid innovators mirror Glafira’s own passion and curiosity about healthcare and will complement her community and global health focus with experience in health tech, management/operations, and finance/investment.
Healthcare.mn events have always provided general education about hot healthcare topics, distilling down complex information and making it more accessible. The group constantly works to connect startups with employees, investors, or end customers and offers entrepreneurs the space and opportunity to interact with key Twin Cities influencers.
Some new initiatives and programming have been added to the Healthcare.mn docket this year to continue to provide value to the Twin Cities healthcare community.
One new series will help entrepreneurs better articulate the real issues they are trying to solve in healthcare by asking, “what is the real problem?”.
“Through experts at our events, we’re sharing frameworks for how startups can drill down and identify the problem they are trying to solve, get connected to people who are impacted by that problem, and design solutions that meet their needs and provide a good user experience,” sums up Glafira.
Other Healthcare.mn events will feature stakeholders from specific industries or companies within the healthcare field, outlining the major problems they are facing. “It’s them saying, we need innovation in this space. We need startups to solve these problems. We hope this will enable existing startups to align their products and services with these real needs, or inspire people to start new ones,” explains Glafira.
Maintaining lines of communication and enthusiasm between events stands as a major initiative for Healthcare.mn in 2016.
“At our events, we have a ton of energy, a lot of conversations. People are really excited. It starts to drop off a few days after these events. So what do we do between events to make sure that people are still talking and collaborating? How do we facilitate that?” asks Glafira.
The group plans to rebuild and relaunch the Healthcare.mn website as part of the solution to provide an open forum for community conversations and connections. In addition, they plan to host office hours with experts and provide a platform for sub-groups with specific interests to form.
Stay informed of Healthcare.mn’s upcoming events by joining the Meetup Group keep up with the conversation on LinkedIn.
Join Healthcare.mn at their next event focused on Service Design on March 14th.