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 PHIA 2021?

The Public Health Innovation Accelerator is a 10-week program that transforms early-stage ideas and prototypes into market ready ventures, with public health impact embedded in business model. Venture teams are brought into a network of mentors, speakers, and consultants who support ventures in their development.

What is the Demo Day?

8 ventures each presented their solutions to an audience of entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, and potential health focused partners in a 4-minute pitch with a 5-minute Q&A. Judges scored the ventures and announced the top 3 for monetary awards.

Demo Day Top Ventures

MUFG 1st Place Prize

$5,000

Sponsored by:

2nd Place Prize

$3,000

3rd Place Prize

$2,000

Demo Day Ventures

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ShockTalk is a culturally tailored, and AI-assisted, telemental health platform, connecting Indigenous clients to Indigenous therapists trained in cultural humility.

Austin Serio

CEO & President

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Skin Releaf is the only tele-dermatology platform for people of color that provides virtual consultations with dermatologists, and tracks the changes in the user’s skin.

Camile Delva

CEO

Karina Paez-Rojas

Marketer

Marvel Delva

UI/UX Designer

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Sasa health is a patient engagement platform that consolidates patients medical records with the insurance benefit details thus providing a longitudinal view into the patient’s medical record, eligible benefits and cost transparency.

Rashid Toure

Founder & CEO, Sasa Group

Josh Villahermosa

Founder & CTO, Sasa Group

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Bloomwell by Sproutly is an online community platform that works together with talented creatives and mental health service providers across Kampala to move evidence to action to mobilize support for Ugandan youth by connecting them to self-help activities and tools that help one overcome negative thoughts, stress & life’s challenges post COVID.

Chinonye Donna Egbulem

Founder & CEO

Raphael Jimenez

Business Development & Innovation Intern

Justice Yoo

Business Development & Innovation Intern

Rachel Crawford

Mental Health Consultant

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Chat Health is a nonprofit venture that is rethinking how students interact with university health ecosystems. Our mobile app provides students with empathetic and culturally-competent health information, connects them to nearby healthcare services, and allows university health centers to more effectively reach students.

Veeraj Shah

CEO

Neil Johnson

Backend Development Lead

Jesse Anderson

CTO

Aishwarya Tare

Chief Product Officer

Edit

XZEVN is an AI platform that helps businesses measure and analyze data to increase employee loyalty, reduce turnover, and boost performance.

Robert Williams

CEO

Neil Norris

COO

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Doctors Under Radar strives to increase awareness of physician mental health and suicide and re-evaluate how physician suicide attempt risk factors are assessed to enhance preventive measures by developing training programs for medical administrators and personnel to assure physician psychological safety within the workplace.

Quidest Sheriff

Founder

Darryl Simmons

COO & Co-Founder

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Bloomelody is a mobile health app designed to be used by early-intervention therapists. The app uses a human-centered design approach and applied behavioral analysis therapy to bring music, visual aid, and fun to the classroom. The app is intended to translate the therapist’s curriculum into easily digestible sessions for the students where they can learn actions and words through songs via flashcards.

Preston Peck

CEO

Rafaela Villacres

Co-Founder & Product Manager

Sebastian Grygorczuk

Flutter Engineer

Max Inciong

Product Owner

Jade Truncale

Flutter Engineer

Edit

ShockTalk is a culturally tailored, and AI-assisted, telemental health platform, connecting Indigenous clients to Indigenous therapists trained in cultural humility.

Austin Serio

CEO & President

Edit

Skin Releaf is the only tele-dermatology platform for people of color that provides virtual consultations with dermatologists, and tracks the changes in the user’s skin.

Camile Delva

CEO

Karina Paez-Rojas

Marketer

Marvel Delva

UI/UX Designer

Edit

Sasa health is a patient engagement platform that consolidates patients medical records with the insurance benefit details thus providing a longitudinal view into the patient’s medical record, eligible benefits and cost transparency.

Rashid Toure

Founder & CEO, Sasa Group

Josh Villahermosa

Founder & CTO, Sasa Group

Edit

Bloomwell by Sproutly is an online community platform that works together with talented creatives and mental health service providers across Kampala to move evidence to action to mobilize support for Ugandan youth by connecting them to self-help activities and tools that help one overcome negative thoughts, stress & life’s challenges post COVID.

Chinonye Donna Egbulem

Founder & CEO

Raphael Jimenez

Business Development & Innovation Intern

Justice Yoo

Business Development & Innovation Intern

Rachel Crawford

Mental Health Consultant

Edit

Chat Health is a nonprofit venture that is rethinking how students interact with university health ecosystems. Our mobile app provides students with empathetic and culturally-competent health information, connects them to nearby healthcare services, and allows university health centers to more effectively reach students.

Veeraj Shah

CEO

Neil Johnson

Backend Development Lead

Jesse Anderson

CTO

Aishwarya Tare

Chief Product Officer

Edit

XZEVN is an AI platform that helps businesses measure and analyze data to increase employee loyalty, reduce turnover, and boost performance.

Robert Williams

CEO

Neil Norris

COO

Edit

Doctors Under Radar strives to increase awareness of physician mental health and suicide and re-evaluate how physician suicide attempt risk factors are assessed to enhance preventive measures by developing training programs for medical administrators and personnel to assure physician psychological safety within the workplace.

Quidest Sheriff

Founder

Darryl Simmons

COO & Co-Founder

Edit

Bloomelody is a mobile health app designed to be used by early-intervention therapists. The app uses a human-centered design approach and applied behavioral analysis therapy to bring music, visual aid, and fun to the classroom. The app is intended to translate the therapist’s curriculum into easily digestible sessions for the students where they can learn actions and words through songs via flashcards.

Preston Peck

CEO

Rafaela Villacres

Co-Founder & Product Manager

Sebastian Grygorczuk

Flutter Engineer

Max Inciong

Product Owner

Jade Truncale

Flutter Engineer

Demo Day Judges

Erin Hagan

Deputy Director Evidence for Action

Desiree Elder

Executive Visionary, The Dream Center Harlem

Cynthia Vance

Entrepreneurship professor, start up mentor, angel investor

Ashish Joshi

Senior Associate Dean of Academic and Student Affairs, and Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy

Julia Fisher

Investment Analyst, Village Capital

Chris Walker

Executive Visionary, The Dream Center Harlem

Nicholas Hoffmann

Managing Director, Healthcare Banking, MUFG

Erin Hagan

DEPUTY DIRECTOR EVIDENCE FOR ACTION
Desiree Elder

Desiree Elder

EXECUTIVE VISIONARY, THE DREAM CENTER HARLEM

Cynthia Vance

ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROFESSOR, START UP MENTOR, ANGEL INVESTOR

Ashish Joshi

SENIOR ASSOCIATE DEAN OF ACADEMIC AND STUDENT AFFAIRS, AND PROFESSOR, CUNY GRADUATE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH & HEALTH POLICY

Julia Fisher

INVESTMENT ANALYST, VILLAGE CAPITAL

Chris Walker

EXECUTIVE VISIONARY, THE DREAM CENTER HARLEM

Nicholas Hoffmann

MANAGING DIRECTOR, HEALTHCARE BANKING, MUFG

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 venture. 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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