Launched in November 2017, The Innovators Society 2.0 focuses on reducing the stigma associated with mental health. Mental health stigma is a significant barrier to changing public perceptions of mental health and mental illness. It often prevents individuals from seeking and/or receiving adequate treatment. The Innovators Society 2.0 showcases innovations that are changing public perceptions of mental health and mental illness while reducing mental health stigma.
The selected innovators spent three months with a pitch coach preparing for the Community Pitch Showdown. At the Showdown in June 2018, over 100 audience members awarded $450,000 grant dollars to the nonprofits. The innovators then complete six months of high impact coaching and develop a solid plan for their innovation. They will present their plans at a Grand Prize event in early 2019. Community members will invest one grand prize of $50,000 to the innovation of their choice.
AOPYO engages youth to normalize mental health stigmas through leadership, arts, wellness, skilled trades, and the Apprentice of Peace philosophy and principles.
Email Derwin Pos Ryant
My Quiet Cave creates spaces for faith and mental health. They tap into the power of faith communities and empower and equip congregations to give people tangible tools and skills, share stories, and experience their value together.
Email Brandon Appelhans
YI’s leadership program, Young Advocates for Healthy Living, trains and empowers young people who are committed to improving mental health care access, and ending stigma on college campuses.
Email Christina Postolowski
We made a recap video so you can see for yourself why The Innovators Society believes the fresh, new ideas of these innovators will make an impact in Denver.
Apprentice of Peace Youth Organization:
My Quiet Cave:
The Innovators Society’s inaugural year advanced five fresh solutions for mental wellness into the Denver metropolitan area. The nonprofits selected were Bright by Three, Clayton Early Learning, Center on Network Science, CU Denver, Im’Unique and Project Helping. These innovations focused on early childhood mental wellness, improving systems and changing public perceptions.
The innovators received an initial $25,000 to pay for coaching and pitch practice to develop their ideas and presentations. The program culminated in September 2016 at the Community Pitch Showdown, where 250 audience members awarded $500,000 grant dollars to the nonprofits.
Bright by Text
Bright by Three
Patient-Centered Network (PCN) App
Center on Network Science, CU Denver
Bright by Three:
Carson J Spencer Foundation:
Center on Network Science, CU Denver:
Clayton Early Learning:
$80,703 + $50,000 grand prize = $130,703