Congratulations to Connect & Coach™, winner of the 2013 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge – Prove It!-Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Congratulations to Connect & Coach™, winner of the 2013 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge – Prove It!

fter an exciting Demo Day yesterday in Washington, DC, I’m thrilled to announce Connect & Coach™ as the winning concept of the Sanofi US 2013 Data Design Diabetes Innovation Challenge – Prove It!. Connect & Coach™ is the first hybrid clinical and consumer application for Registered Dietitians and Certified Diabetes Educators to help educate the diabetes community. This morning, Sanofi US awarded the winning team $100,000 to further develop its novel solution.

This year’s challenge asked innovators to think creatively about how best to harness data to address diabetes in the US. The Data Design Diabetes process is geared toward fast learning, and we saw the five finalist teams make progress at lightening speed throughout the course of the Challenge. It was exciting to watch the teams present an incredibly innovative group of diverse solutions that showed potential to improve health outcomes for people living with diabetes. It’s amazing how much ground the teams were able to cover in the span of just a few months.

The CDC estimates that by the year 2050, one in three Americans will have diabetes, and an epidemic this massive in scale calls for unprecedented levels of rapid innovation. Connect & Coach™ has shown tremendous potential to impact diabetes care by shifting nutrition counseling to the communities where it is needed most. I was impressed by the team’s mission to not just create an app, but an ecosystem for improving health outcomes through its platform at both the clinical and consumer level. I’m eager to watch as the team continues to cultivate its solution...Read more»

By: Michele Polz