Catalyst 2020 Winners
Through Catalyst, CTIA Wireless Foundation celebrates and accelerates the work of innovators who are tackling our society’s most pressing health and wellness challenges. The Catalyst 2020 Winners are Objective Zero Foundation, MindRight Health and Pilleve.
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.
In its inaugural year, Catalyst received applications from social entrepreneurs across the country using wireless technologies such as remote healthcare, IoT devices and wearables. 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.
- 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.
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 highly competitive first round included applications from across the county, addressing a variety of health and wellness issues, including veteran mental health, opioid addiction and dementia. From remote health care to IoT devices and wearables, these organizations are using wireless technology to solve real issues.
- 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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