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Catalyst 2021 to Accelerate Wireless for Health & Well-Being


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Dori Kreiger
Executive Director

Today, CTIA Wireless Foundation launched Catalyst 2021, our competitive grants program for social entrepreneurs using wireless to address pressing health and well-being issues.

I am proud to continue the Foundation’s work to advance bold changemakers in their crucial early stages of development though our second annual Catalyst program. These social entrepreneurs take advantage of the speed, efficiency and versatility of wireless technology to improve the health and well-being of Americans.

Operating at the crossroads of discovery, access and human connection, Catalyst seeks to push the boundaries of what is possible through wireless. This year, more than ever, we saw the power of wireless to connect to one another in spite of hurdles imposed by distance or personal health challenges.

As the COVID-19 pandemic caused Americans to stay home and moved daily activities online, the demand for remote healthcare—largely facilitated by wireless connections—continues to increase. Wireless technology and the advent of 5G can help expand and mainstream solutions to some of the greatest healthcare challenges, including inequitable access to and delivery of healthcare services.

Last year, our inaugural Catalyst program uncovered innovative applications of wireless technology that address pressing social issues. I was thrilled our Board of Directors named Objective Zero Foundation, MindRight Health and Pilleve as our Catalyst 2020 Winners last summer. The work they are doing for veteran and teen mental health and opioid addiction is compelling and life changing.

When we combine the power of wireless with the groundbreaking work of social entrepreneurs, I am consistently impressed by their ingenuity and passion. As we launch Catalyst 2021, I am certain these visionaries harnessing wireless for good will continue to inspire us.

As we launch Catalyst 2021, I am certain these visionaries harnessing wireless for good will continue to inspire us.
Dori Kreiger, CTIA Wireless Foundation Executive Director

We seek to support social enterprises that have the potential and infrastructure in place to make a real impact, but may face barriers to accessing capital. Organizations whose leadership primarily comprises Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women and/or veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

I am delighted to be joined by a team of expert advisors, who will help select this year’s Catalyst Semifinalists. Our 2021 advisors are:

  • Charles Corprew, Senior Lead of Camelback Ventures
  • Mary Galeti, Executive Director and Vice-Chair of the Tecovas Foundation
  • Sarah Koch, Interim Executive Director of the Entrepreneurship Funders Network
  • Nicol Turner-Lee, Director of The Center for Technology Innovation at The Brookings Institute
  • Chris Nicholson, CEO and Co-Founder of mPulse Mobile

Starting today through April 6, ambitious social entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit applications here. Semifinalists will be selected in spring 2021 to participate in an invitation-only second round. Three finalists will be selected in late summer 2021, followed by winner announcements and grant awards in fall 2021.

We are grateful for the generous support of our sponsors who help make Catalyst possible. Thank you to Qualcomm, Verizon, American Network Solutions, American Tower, Assurant, Ericsson, Intel, Mintz, iconectiv and UScellular for their support this year.

I am eager for Catalyst 2021 to showcase the forward-thinking innovators taking advantage of the power of wireless. Please join me in sharing Catalyst with your network and if you know a changemaker who may qualify, encourage them to apply.

Stay tuned as Catalyst 2021 champions wireless for good.

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