Reaching Health Equity

It is more clear than ever that health systems lack transparency, trust, and meaningful improvement to provide access and quality to all.

It is more clear than ever that the effect of public health challenges are felt most among people of color, indigenous, rural, LGBTQ and so many other underserved communities.

It is more clear than ever that now is the time to accelerate public health innovation through entrepreneurship to bring power to the people.

Accelerator Overview

What is the Public Health Innovation Accelerator?

The Accelerator is an 8-week program that transforms early-stage ideas and prototypes into market ready ventures with public health impact. Venture teams are brought into a collaborative community of mentors, speakers, and peers who support each others development. All online. At no cost.

What is the Demo Day?

7 early stage startups each virtually presented their solutions on July 28th, 2022 to a public audience of entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, and more in a 5-minute pitch with a 7-minute Q&A. Judges from across sectors ranked the ventures and announced the top 3 for monetary awards. All ventures are for-profit and have backgrounds in public health, science and engineering, tech development, business, and more.

2022 Demo Day Top Ventures

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

Ventures at Firefly Innovations

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Mendü is a wellness and mental health platform that offers therapeutic audio-based prompts and exercises for underserved women to better their mental health. Mendü’s goal is to change the way mental health is managed by utilizing MLS and AI technology.

Demetria Fortson

Co-Founder

Regina Zheng

Co-Founder

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A zero-stigma, contextual, multi-modal mental health AI platform for college-age youth. Jeeva is a smartphone app that does screening for depression, mood and anxiety and delivers appropriate psycho, social and behavioral coping skills in real- time. It delivers both educational content and CBT-based interventions in easy to learn text & peer-partnered discussions.

Sudhakar Kaushik

Co-Founder & CEO

Mitch Harris

Co-Founder & CTO

Young Jo

Medical Director

Praduman Raparia

Director of Engineering

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Yrikka is the ranked marketplace for buying, selling and scoring AI. The score generated by Yrikka’s proprietary scoring mechanism provides an all encompassing overview of the real-world readiness of an AI technology. In the context of healthcare, this score evaluates the potential impact that the technology can have on health equity.

Kia Khezeli

Co-Founder & CEO

John Kalantari

Co-Founder & CTO

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HEQ360 helps healthcare organizations address health disparities through a data-driven identification, and prioritization of target population for customized outreach activities and interventions. The vision is to create an ecosystem of integrated stakeholders, data sources, and service providers to achieve health equity goals.

Hemant Lanjewar

Founder

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Maternal Preservation

A postpartum hemorrhage AR simulator to improve patient outcomes in low resource countries. Maternal Preservation aims to reduce mortality rates from these situations by making training more accessible with lower costs.

Sanjit Singh

Developer

Niha Baviriseaty

Internal Medicine Resident Physician

Bharath Raj

Developer

Daniel (Kaihao) Lam

MD Candidate

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Fitmedik provides healthcare to healthcare workers. The service is an IoT ecosystem for hospitals to monitor and manage burnout of their healthcare workers in real time.

Kamal Bhartiya

CTO

Shabeena Mustafa

COO

Syed Ali Mehdi

CBDO

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Digital Health Review empowers consumers to find health apps & products that will keep their body and data safe. DHR aims to tackle health equity through digital literacy and access to care.

Blair Hirst

Founder

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KELLS provides accessible, high quality dental screening through the combination of clinicians and AI, making world class dental care accessible to everyone.

Jie Feng

Co-Founder & CEO

Kevin Duffy-Acevedo

Co-Founder

Accelerator Stages

Co-Creating with the Community

Start Date: 6.8.22

Human-Centered Design & Prototyping

Public Health Evaluation Planning

Market Research & Financial Forecasting

Accelerator Mentors and Speakers

Behrooz Behbod

FOUNDER & CEO, THE ENTERPRENEUR'S DOCTOR

Concepción Galdón

SOCIAL INNOVATION DIRECTOR, IE UNIVERSITY

Nilima Achwal

FOUNDER, FEMALE FOUNDERS LAB

Laura Schulte

FOUNDER, PROJECT RENAISSANCE INNOVATION FACTORY

Terry Huang

FOUNDER, FIREFLY INNOVATION

Enrique Peña

PROFESSOR OF STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT AND NEGOTIATION, IE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Carley Hart

HEAD OF PRODUCT, INNOVATION SERVICES, ALLEY

Lucia Egea

FOUNDER & CEO, CONTENEDOR BLANCO S.L. ORCHESTRATOR AND PROFESSOR, HEADSPRING, BY FINANCIAL TIMES & IE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Jacqueline Baker

FOUNDER AND PRINCIPAL CONSULTANT, SCARLET COMMUNICATIONS

Gail Yancosek

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CUNY-TV

Kwasi Gyasi

BUSINESS, BRAND & MANAGEMENT CONSULTANT, MyÜberLife

Lesley Rennis

PROFESSOR, CUNY-BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Chris Palmedo

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AND DIRECTOR, CUNY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Silvia Garcia Codony

VENTURE PARTNER, VU VENTURE PARTNERS

Berrin Serdar

CO-FOUNDER, CLOUD PRIVACY LABS

Danielle Barnes

GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, mRelief

Meg Luce

SENIOR DESIGN STRATEGIST, GIANT MACHINES

Jose Fernando Flores-Arango

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, CUNY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH

Anita Adkins

DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, WESTMINSTER CANTERBURY RICHMOND

Paul Amajor

DIRECTOR, HEALTHFIRST

Angela Radcliffe

ENTERPRISE DIGITAL INNOVATION LEAD, BRISTOL MYERS SQUIBB

Dmitry Shmakov

CTO, THELIGHTHOUSE.US MENTOR, FOUNDER INSTITUTE

Hanah Tran

FOUNDER, FHH VENTURES PARTNERS, FSCM FOUNDER, FRIENDS OF IMPACT

Beth Senko

SENIOR HEALTHCARE ANALYST, ZACKS INVESTMENT RESEARCH

Tirsit Makonnen

RESIDENT PHYSICIAN, COOPER UNIVERSITY HEALTH CARE PROGRAM MANAGER AND ADVISOR, FEDERAL MINISTRY OF HEALTH ETHIOPIA

Jun Chen

CONSULTANT, THE CHARTIS GROUP

Alice Kuo

HEAD OF GROWTH, WORCA

Get to Know + About Us

Philosophy

We are passionate about cultivating entrepreneurs and connecting innovation opportunities and resources in underserved communities that can most benefit from innovation. Technology, systems innovations, and new business models focused on the social and environmental determinants of health and tailored to community needs are necessary for achieving ambitious public health goals and narrowing health disparities. We believe in a trans-disciplinary approach to public health innovation by bringing entrepreneurs together with mentors, public health experts, systems change experts, tech partners, investors and researchers from a wide range of fields who are dedicated to helping communities transform ideas into reality.

Our Ventures

Participating ventures come from any sector and produce public health impact. Venture teams can be a nonprofit, for-profit or social ventures. Teams are made up of all backgrounds and disciplines. Ventures do not have to be in the health sector or be made up of health professionals to qualify. Whether participants are scientists, lawyers, marketers, engineers, artists, students or teachers, they all become public health entrepreneurs through this accelerator.

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