Danielle Varda’s PCN App Gets Funded in Community Pitch Showdown

Photo of Community Pitch ShowdownAssociate Professor Danielle Varda participated in the Community Pitch Showdown on Sept. 30, 2016, where community members allocated up to $500,000 in Community First Foundation grant dollars through real-time voting.

Congratulations to Danielle! Her proposal to develop the Patient-Centered Network (PCN) App was awarded $65,745 in funding.

A video of the Community Pitch Showdown is available on the Innovators Society website. Danielle’s pitch begins at about the 50-minute mark.

“The Innovators Society experience was more rewarding than I could have imagined,” says Danielle. “In both personal growth and organizational capacity, the benefits of being a part of this program were immensely beneficial.”

Photo of PCN App screenThe PCN App allows providers to assess a patients’ social support network data and link the results of that assessment to available community resources in real-time. Based on the PCN App’s questions and assessment, a provider can provide individualized, family-specific referrals for mental health and social support services through existing community resources and services.

“We are very happy to receive this funding because it will allow us to move the PCN App forward,” says Danielle. “We also got a lot of interest from different organizations and people who want to connect with us as a result of the pitch. I feel like this is just the beginning, but we have a great start!”

Each year the Innovators Society selects four to six nonprofits to participate in a nine-month coaching program that develops their innovations and prepares them for a pitch competition.  Each nonprofit receives a $25,000 grant and is assigned a coach who works with the organization on strategic planning, marketing, branding and preparing a presentation pitch. This is modeled after private sector, high-tech entrepreneur pitch programs.

Final results from the Community Pitch Showdown can be viewed on the Innovators Society website.

Visit the Partner website for more information about the PCN App.

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