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Catalyst 2020




In its inagural year, Catalyst received applications from social entrepreneurs across the country using wireless technologies such as remote healthcare, IoT devices and wearables. Catalyst 2020 named Objective Zero FoundationMindRight Health and Pilleve as winners.

Catalyst winners use the power of wireless technology to create innovative, compassionate solutions to increase access to personalized care and strengthen human connection. Objective Zero received a $100,000 grant, while MindRight Health and Pilleve received $50,000 and $25,000, respectively.

Through these grants, CTIA Wireless Foundation is catalyzing the ability of these innovators to develop new ways to equip American communities with the tools to improve health and wellness.

The Foundation partnered with Town & Country Magazine for their 2020 Philanthropy Summit titled “The Way Forward,” to announce our Catalyst 2020 Winners. Over the course of the event, more than 3,000 viewers from around the globe joined the virtual event to hear intimate conversations with humanitarians about crisis philanthropy, racial justice, education, and more.

  • Objective Zero Foundation: A mobile app connecting service members, veterans, their families and caregivers to a nationwide network of peer and civilian support through text, voice and video chat. Objective Zero has users in all 50 states, with Ambassadors concentrated in states that have larger numbers of veterans and military installations such as California, Florida, Texas, Virginia, Colorado and Alaska. Learn more.
  • MindRight Health: : Culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, live mental health coaching over text message to advance health equity for youth and young adults in underserved communities. MindRight has served more than 600 young people in New Jersey, New York and D.C. and plans to scale its business throughout the Northeast region. Learn more.
  • Pilleve: Pilleve is tackling the opioid crisis via a wireless-enabled smart device and connected  smartphone app that monitors and screens for opioid abuse and addiction. Pilleve serves patients in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington, and it is preparing to launch in Connecticut, D.C., Oregon and Virginia. Learn more.

U.S. Senators Congratulate Winners

U.S. Senators met virtually with the Catalyst 2020 Winners from their home states to congratulate them and discuss their organization’s social impact. CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director Dori Kreiger joined the calls to highlight the power of wireless in social entrepreneurship to improve health and wellness outcomes of Americans.

Objective Zero Foundation Co-Founders Betsy and Chris Mercado spoke with Senator Roberts (R-KS) about Objective Zero and their mission to bring mental health support to veterans and their families across the country.

MindRight Health Founder & CEO Ashley Edwards met with Senator Menendez (D-NJ) and highlighted the work of MindRight Health to bring mental health coaching to underserved teens throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions.

We are proud to support each of these inspiring changemakers who have embraced wireless technology to create innovative, compassionate solutions that make a positive social impact and strengthen human connection.
Dori Kreiger, Executive Director of CTIA Wireless Foundation

2020 Semifinalists


The Catalyst 2020 Winners were selected from a group of semifinalists by the Catalyst Advisors, a team of experts in the fields of wireless technology, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy and health. The Catalyst 2020 semifinalists include:

  • CareBand: A wearable for patients with dementia. CareBand tracks real-time indoor and outdoor location, provides socio-behavioral indicators of disease progression and presents AI-based analysis of activity patterns to help identify early changes in health condition. Learn More.
  • CoachMe: A free digital health coaching platform designed for those on Medicaid or without insurance. CoachMe provides Americans fighting against chronic disease a remote health coach through mobile technology. Learn More.
  • Protxx: A wearable sensor that enables precision balance tests and information flow on sports and other head impact injuries to manage fatigue, impairment, injury and disease. Learn More.
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