The Innovators Society 2.0 invested in six nonprofit innovations that are changing public perceptions of mental health and mental illness while reducing stigma. These innovators received expert coaching to prepare for a Community Pitch Showdown, where more than 100 audience members voted on allocating $450,000 in grant dollars. The innovators then received six months of high-impact coaching to develop a solid plan for their innovation. Community members selected B.I.O.N.I.C. to win an additional $50,000 grand prize grant for their efforts.
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.
$160,050 ($110,050 + $50,000 grand prize)
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 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 a Community Pitch Showdown, where 250 audience members awarded $500,000 in grants to the nonprofits, including a $50,000 grand prize.
Bright by Text
Bright by Three
Patient-Centered Network (PCN) App
Center on Network Science, CU Denver
Project Helping – Grand Prize Winner!
Project Helping organizes meaningful and socially engaging volunteer experiences to improve mental wellness and combat depression. Project Helping won the $50,000 grand prize for The Innovators Society inaugural year.
Email Justin Kruger
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$130,703 ($80,703 + $50,000 grand prize)
Carson J Spencer Foundation:
Bright by Three:
Center on Network Science, CU Denver:
Clayton Early Learning: