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July 7, 2020

CTIA Wireless Foundation Awards $175,000 to 2020 Catalyst Winners

Objective Zero, an app providing mental health resources for veterans, receives top grant award of $100,000

CTIA Wireless Foundation Awards $175,000 to 2020 Catalyst Winners


WASHINGTON – CTIA Wireless Foundation today announced the 2020 winners of Catalyst, a competitive grants program that celebrates and accelerates the work of early-stage social entrepreneurs using wireless to tackle society’s most pressing health and wellness challenges. The three winners of the inaugural program were announced at Town & Country Magazine’s 2020 Philanthropy Summit.

“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,” said Dori Kreiger, Executive Director of CTIA Wireless Foundation. “Through these grants, each of the winners is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with wireless technology and equipping American communities with new tools to improve health and wellness.”

The top grant prize of $100,000 was awarded to Objective Zero, a wireless-enabled, nationwide peer support network that helps veterans and their families struggling with post-traumatic stress and the challenges of civilian integration. Headquartered in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Objective Zero has users in all 50 states, with Ambassadors concentrated in states that have larger numbers of veterans and military installations.

“We are honored to be recognized by CTIA Wireless Foundation for the work we are doing to provide necessary care, service and support to America’s military community,” said Chris Mercado, Co-Founder, Objective Zero Foundation. “A life-changing phone call was the reason for creating our app, and this grant will allow us to advance our mission of enhancing social connectedness and access to wellness resources to combat veteran suicide.”

Catalyst also awarded finalists MindRight Health, a text-based mental health coaching network for teens in underserved communities, and Pilleve, an app designed to tackle opioid addiction, with $50,000 and $25,000 grants, respectively.

The 2020 winners were selected as finalists 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; Byran Sivak, Vice President, Medicaid Transformation and Managing Director, Ventures at Kaiser Permanente; and Nicol Turner Lee, Fellow at Brookings Institution.

More information on the 2020 Catalyst program, winners, grants and advisors can be found here.


25 Years of Wireless Social Innovation

For more than 25 years, CTIA Wireless Foundation has been at the forefront of wireless-driven social innovation, leading initiatives to address societal challenges such as public safety, domestic violence, children’s health, mental health and distracted driving. Our mission is to fuel positive social impact by using innovative wireless technology in American communities.

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