Glafira Marcon

Lead Organizer, Healthcare.MN


Accelerating Your Digital Health Startup

Navigating the unique challenges facing startups can be timely, expensive and lead entrepreneurs down dead end streets. Join this diverse panel, including Sansoro Health, winner of the 2016 Venture+ Forum pitch competition for startup companies in the healthcare technology industry and learn more about overcoming challenges to successfully build and grow your organization.

What you’ll learn:

  • Learn how to strategically align with financial partners and investors in the sector
  • Understand the intricate nuances of the fast-changing healthcare landscape and how to identify a distinguishing differentiator
  • Hear how a strong business plan and value proposition are a must
  • Understand the legal and regulatory issues around healthcare startups and specific new legislation around this industry


Glafira Marcon is the Lead Organizer of – Minneapolis’ home for healthcare innovation – where she organizes monthly events and strategic initiatives for over 1,000 members. believes that Minnesota is the best place to launch a healthcare start up. Working off of the foundation built by’s founders, she aims to catalyze and support the healthcare innovation community, and connect start ups with the resources needed for success such as mentorship, networking, and investment opportunities.

Glafira is on an intentional and strategic path to understanding and solving health problems that impact underserved populations. She began her career on the frontlines as a Navigator at a community health center in Saint Paul where she helped over 800 people get access to health insurance and community resources. Glafira currently consults various healthcare actors using GIS to power discovery and analysis as a GIS Healthcare Consultant at Optum Innovation, Research and Development. She is also developing a tool called the Community Resource Finder, which allows frontline workers to connect their clients with community-based organizations that address the social determinants of health, track referrals, and measure impacts on health outcomes.

Glafira was born and raised in San Francisco to Russian immigrants and relocated to the Twin Cities in 2009 to study International Health and Development at Macalester College. During college, she played on the Varsity Women’s Volleyball team, danced in the Bodacious hip hop group, studied abroad in Brazil, and worked for notable organizations such as The World Bank and Ashoka.