Sling Health STL to Host Student Biomedical Startup Pitch Competition


SAINT LOUIS—Interdisciplinary teams from Sling Health’s St. Louis chapter will compete in The Future of Biomedical Innovation: Startup Pitch Competition from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. CST on January 31 at CIC@4240 – Havana Room in the Cortex District during Venture Café, a weekly networking meetup for local startups. Participating student alumni teams from 2017 and 2018 will pitch their healthcare solutions, ranging from data analytics software to apps and LED kits, and present their business plans to a panel of judges.

The first-place and second-place winning teams will be announced at the end of the event and will be awarded $5,000 and $3500, respectively. The audience will subsequently get the chance to vote for and recognize a third team. The event is open to the public and attendees are invited to mingle with Sling Health representatives and others at Venture Café afterward.

“The pitch competition is an exciting event for Sling Health,” said Kavon Javaherian, Sling Health STL president. “We are thrilled to showcase our most recent alumni teams and their innovations to the entrepreneurial community.”

The pitch competition is just one component of Sling Health STL’s nine-month experiential platform. As the founding chapter of the national Sling Health network, the organization enables students across the St. Louis area to develop skills in entrepreneurship, leadership and innovation by forming project teams and developing and implementing solutions to specific healthcare problems. Several Sling Health STL alumni project teams have become revenue-generating businesses in the St. Louis community.

The platform culminates annually in Demo Day, Sling Health’s flagship event. Throughout Demo Day, all student teams present their final innovations to entrepreneurs, clinicians and investors through poster and pitch competitions to earn financial prizes from Sling Health and jumpstart the transition to becoming fully-fledged companies. This year’s Demo Day will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. CST on April 13 at CIC@4240.


Sling Health STL is a non-profit healthcare accelerator founded in 2013 by WashU students that provides an entrepreneurial platform through resources, training, and mentorship to interdisciplinary teams of students to develop and commercialize solutions to clinical problems discovered by healthcare providers. For more information, please visit