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Past Prize Winners

Thorne Prize for Social Innovation in Health or Education

Khushi Baby, Thorne Prize Winner, 2014
Inexpensive digital necklaces with medical data for maternal and child health in India; Completed first randomized controlled trial with 3,000 mothers in over 600+ villages; Government partnership with Udaipur District Health Society; Headquarters in Udaipur with 9 full-time staff. Recent News: KB won $250K with the Johnson & Johnson challenge and brought on three new staff members. KB has been used to track the health of 25,000 mothers and infants to date across 400 rural villages in Udaipur, India and is on track to reach 1000 villages by the year end.

Spring, Thorne Prize Winner, 2016
AI-enabled online mental health clinic for employee mental wellness. Featured on NBC News, Crain’s, Forbes & STAT. Recent News: Spring Health has raised $8M to date from top tier VCs in NY and SF. 

BridgeYear, Thorne Prize Winner, 2017
Delivers career exploration and support services to high school seniors. Provides "career test drives," pathway mapping, and traditional mapping to navigate community college to gain employment or transfer to four-year colleges. Recent News: In the 2018-2019 school year, BridgeYear exposed over 5000 Houston-area students to high-growth technical careers through hands-on exploration experiences at their high schools. 

EasyEC, Thorne Prize Winner, 2018
Easy EC is an award-winning tool to help young people access emergency contraception. Recent News: Easy EC incorporated, established a board of directors, welcomed their first intern, moved to San Francisco, and applied for 501(c)3 status.

EdSightful, Thorne Prize Winner, 2019
Edsightful is an application that helps schools more effectively run their instructional coaching and teacher evaluation programs.

Aetna Foundation Prize for Health Equity Innovation Winners

MyHealthEd, Aetna Prizer Winner, 2017
Mobile app known as Real Talk that uses stories written by teenagers to engage middle school students on topics surrounding sexual health. Recent news: Real Talk stories on topics such as healthy relationships, consent, and bullying were read over 100,000 times by teens in all 50 states and over 100 countries. In the coming year, they are expanding content to cover emerging new topics such as mental health, anxiety, and identity.

Raise Green, Aetna Prizer Winner, 2018
Raise Green is a financial technology company to crowdfund a green and just future. It aggregates small investments to provide equity into project finance companies. This offers investors a market rate of return while financing projects that provide social and environmental benefits.