ohnson & Johnson established the Health Equity Innovation Challenge with the ambition to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, and socioeconomic impact by accelerating solutions from local entrepreneurs, start-ups and community-based organizations that have the potential to advance health equity. The 14 awardees, who possess lived experience and a deep understanding of the communities they serve, were selected for their work in generating solutions to help close racial health and mortality gaps in six cities where Black and Brown individuals experience significant health inequities: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York City and Philadelphia. Selected from a pool of more than 180 applicants by an independent judging committee, each awardee is receiving seed funding from a pool of more than $1 million, mentorship from experts, and access to the Johnson & Johnson JLABS ecosystem, which includes networking opportunities and more, to advance their innovations.
1 Mentorship, including subject-matter assistance, may be provided if requested and if such assistance does not present any legal or compliance issues for the Johnson & Johnson Health Equity Innovation Challenge. Any mentorship will be non-binding on the Award recipient and will in no way be construed as directing the use of Award Funds by the Award recipient.
2 As appropriate by expertise and/or regulatory considerations.
3 Submitters should be located within defined greater metropolitan areas of Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York and Philadelphia.