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May 12, 2020

CTIA Wireless Foundation Announces Finalists in Catalyst Grants Program

Innovators developing wireless-enabled solutions for veteran and teen mental health and opioid addictions to receive grants totaling $175,000

CTIA Wireless Foundation Announces Finalists in Catalyst Grants Program


WASHINGTON – CTIA Wireless Foundation today announced the three finalists in Catalyst, its competitive grants program for social entrepreneurs using wireless technology to address health and wellness issues. MindRight Health, Objective Zero Foundation and Pilleve will be awarded grants totaling $175,000.

“These social entrepreneurs are using wireless innovation to tackle pressing health and wellness issues across America,” said Dori Kreiger, Executive Director of CTIA Wireless Foundation. “We are proud to support their work on issues like veteran and teen mental health and opioid addiction and look forward to supporting their continued success.”

Catalyst aims to accelerate the innovations of early-stage social entrepreneurs using wireless for health and wellness solutions. The program received applications from organizations across the country using wireless technologies such as remote healthcare, IoT devices and wearables. The 2020 Catalyst winner will be awarded a grant of $100,000, with the second and third-place entries receiving $50,000 and $25,000, respectively.

Catalyst is proud to support the following finalists:

  • MindRight Health: Culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, live mental health coaching over text message for teens 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.
  • 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.
  • Pilleve: A smart, secure pill bottle and smartphone app that monitors and screens for opioid abuse and addiction. Pilleve helps patients and care providers identify high-risk patterns and intervene in real time. Pilleve serves patients in Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts and Washington, and it is preparing to launch in Connecticut, D.C., Oregon and Virginia. Learn more.

Catalyst finalists 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 program’s 2020 advisors include Vikrum Aiyer, VP of Global Public Policy & Strategic Communications at Postmates; Mary Galeti, Executive Director and Vice-Chair of the Tecovas Foundation; Sarah Koch, CEO of Sarah Koch Consulting; Nancy Lublin, Co-founder & CEO of Crisis Text Line; Byran Sivak, Vice President, Medicaid Transformation and Managing Director, Ventures at Kaiser Permanente; and Nicol Turner Lee, Fellow at Brookings Institution.

The 2020 Catalyst winner will be announced in coming weeks. More information on the program, grants and advisors can be found here.

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