Over the past 8 weeks, we took part in the EmPOWERED to Serve Urban Health Accelerator, where we pushed to develop Corrie Health to be relevant for patients of all backgrounds and to think hard about where we came from and areas for future growth. October 16, 2018 was the culmination of our work at the EmPOWERED to Serve summit at the Reginald Lewis Maryland Museum of African American history in Baltimore, MD.
The Summit was an inspiring day filled with emotional performances, speakers, and panel discussions on innovative business solutions for community empowerment. Along with seven other inspiring teams, we showcased our work and met a lot of excitement from members of the American Heart Association, community members, and business representatives. In the evening, our founder Francoise Marvel, MD presented her 5-minute Corrie Story, in front of judges Sidra Smith, film producer, Jeremy Beauchamp, executive VP of the mid-Atlantic affiliate of the AHA, and Brian White, executive VP of LifeBridge Health. All eight teams presented incredible stories of determination, perseverance, taking chances, and overcoming loss.
We are thrilled to announce that Corrie won the 2nd place grant of $25,000 in the accelerator competition. Thank you to the judges and to everyone who supported us through this process! It was such a privilege to compete among such inspiring social entrepreneurs.