On Oct. 4, over 100 students and mentors joined Sling Health STL in kicking off their 2019-20 cycle.

Sling Health STL is the founding chapter of Sling Health. The national, student-run nonprofit organization was founded in 2013 by students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis to confront the unsolved clinical problems they encountered in hospitals. The organization brings together a diverse group of students, clinicians, and local entrepreneurs to develop and commercialize solutions to improve patient health care. Since it’s inception, Sling Health STL has enabled hundreds of students to engage in entrepreneurship and build startups with capital funding.

“In many ways, Problem Day speaks to the core of Sling Health: people from vastly different backgrounds coming together to solve problems they care about.”

Problem Day, the accelerator’s premier recruitment event, was held at the School of Medicine. Dr. Jeff Gamble, CTO of Sling Health alumni company Rezilient (formerly Dynamic Surgical) gave the keynote address. Gamble shared how the accelerator launched his entrepreneurial journey and offered insight into how the Sling platform not only exposed him to biomedical innovation, but built a community of passionate individuals who have collaborated with and supported him long after his stint in the program ended. After Gambles’s address, students of medicine, engineering, business, public health, pharmacy and design (among others) from WashU, SLU, and UMSL engaged with this year’s 22 project leaders to tackle problems across all areas of healthcare —from food deserts to finding better cardiac biomarkers.

Said Aadit Shah, Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, McKelvey School, and member of the University Scholars Program in Medicine: “In many ways, Problem Day speaks to the core of Sling Health: people from vastly different backgrounds coming together to solve problems they care about. Our accelerator provides a first look into St. Louis’ active entrepreneurial landscape and the annual Problem Day highlights and supports student-driven innovation at Washington University and in the greater St. Louis region.”