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Accelerating Wireless Innovation for Health and Well-Being

Catalyst is a competitive grants program for social entrepreneurs using wireless to solve pressing health and well-being issues. Catalyst identifies and funds early stage change-makers that take advantage of the speed, efficiency and versatility of wireless to improve the health and well-being of Americans.

Wireless technology is at the heart of our modern lives, powering our economy and defining how we connect to one another. From the doctors providing remote care to homebound and rural patients to everyday individuals tracking their health and fitness through wearables, wireless reveals new opportunities to change the way we work, communicate and live.

Catalyst seeks to attract and fund solutions that produce healthier outcomes for individuals and communities in one or more of the following ways:

  • Scaling up, advancing or innovating promising health innovations, especially those that address health inequalities related to race, gender, socioeconomic status and location.
  • Reducing physical and financial barriers to accessing quality healthcare, either in person or virtually.
  • Providing mental health services or supports, and leveling the playing field of access to these services for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities and individuals, women and veterans.

CTIA Wireless Foundation is committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion in supporting social enterprises. Organizations whose leadership primarily comprises BIPOC, women and/or veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Social entrepreneurs are encouraged to submit applications by April 6. Semi-finalists will be selected spring 2021 to participate in an invitation-only second round. Three finalists will be selected summer 2021, followed by winner announcements and grants awarded in fall 2021.

2021 Advisors

Experts in the field of wireless technology, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy and health will help evaluate submissions and select awardees. The Catalyst 2021 Advisors include:

  • 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

Catalyst 2020

In its inaugural year, Catalyst named Objective Zero Foundation, MindRight Health and Pilleve as winners. These social entrepreneurs are delivering wireless-enabled innovations for veteran and teen mental health and opioid addictions.

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Join Us

Strategic collaboration is one of the Foundation’s core principles. We can achieve more when we join forces with others to marshal our collective resources, knowledge and influence toward beneficial social impact.

We invite potential partners to explore accelerating good with us by contacting Dori Kreiger, Executive Director at [email protected].

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