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January 27, 2020

CTIA Wireless Foundation Announces Semifinalists in Catalyst Grants Program

Seven Social Entrepreneurs using Wireless for Health and Wellness Move to Next Round of Competition

CTIA Wireless Foundation Announces Semifinalists in Catalyst Grants Program

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WASHINGTON – CTIA Wireless Foundation today announced its seven semifinalists in Catalyst, its competitive grants program. These applicants move to the next round, and three finalists will be considered for grants of up to $100,000

“We are thrilled to have received such strong submissions that show the innovative applications of wireless for social entrepreneurs solving issues in the health and wellness space,” said Dori Kreiger, Executive Director of CTIA Wireless Foundation. “From remote healthcare to IoT devices and wearables, it’s incredible to see how these organizations are using wireless technology to solve real issues.”

Catalyst aims to identify and fund social entrepreneurs who are developing wireless innovations to address America’s most pressing health and wellness issues. 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.

The 2019-2020 Catalyst semifinalists are:

  • CareBand: A LoRa-based 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.
  • 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.
  • Loro: A robotics startup developing a smart assistive companion for wheelchair users. Loro empowers its users with increased independence and connectedness by enhancing their vision, communication and safety.
  • MindRight Health: Culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, live mental health coaching over text message for teens in underserved communities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Each application highlighted the founders’ personal connections to the issues they seek to solve, respectively.  More information on these semifinalists and their founders can be found here.

These organizations will participate in an invitation-only second round application, which will be evaluated by a team of experts in the fields of wireless technology, social entrepreneurship, philanthropy and health. The 2019-2020 Catalyst 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. More information on the Catalyst advisors here.

Three finalists will be selected in late spring 2020, where the first, second and third place grants will be announced and honored with $100,000, $50,000 and $25,000, respectively.

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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.

About CTIA Wireless Foundation

CTIA Wireless Foundation (www.wirelessfoundation.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to advancing positive social impact fueled by innovative wireless technology in American communities. CTIA Wireless Foundation was formed by CTIA® member companies in 1991. Follow CITA Wireless Foundation on Facebook and Twitter.

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