December 2, 2020 – iamYiam have been announced by LEAP as one of eleven social ventures selected for their Healthy Futures Accelerator.
LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact announced today the 11 social ventures selected for Healthy Futures, an accelerator designed to scale initiatives that help Canadians to move more, sit less, eat better, and stop smoking. The aim is to prevent unhealthy behaviours contributing to chronic diseases impacting Canadians, a concerning trend that has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“While the pandemic has highlighted the importance of chronic disease prevention, significant numbers of Canadians have not yet embraced the building blocks that can lead to a lifetime of good health,” said Joan Dea, Chair of the Board with LEAP. “LEAP is excited to be collaborating with passionate leaders and their high-impact social ventures to address public health in Canada, particularly among equity-seeking communities.”
“We are delighted to have been selected for Healthy Futures alongside the 10 other incredible ventures,” said Lorena Puica – CEO of iamYiam. “We look forward to working with LEAP with our ambitious plan to improve the life quality of 1m Canadians over the next 5 years.”
With financial contribution from Public Health Agency of Canada, LEAP will provide in-depth strategic and operational support, coaching, capacity building and funding to the selected social ventures. These ventures currently serve 600,000 Canadians annually across all provinces and territories. Over the next five years, the goal is for the cohort to scale their combined impact to improve the lives of over two million Canadians annually.
Funding and pro bono support worth up to $10 million will be made available to the ventures, taking their needs and stages of development into account. Pro bono expertise will also be contributed by best-in-class business partners including Boston Consulting Group, EY, McCarthy Tétrault, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Offord Group and Google.org.
The numbers behind the selected Healthy Futures social ventures:
- From May to June 2020, 7,000+ ventures were engaged through the open call for applications for Healthy Futures. More than 150 high-calibre submissions were received.
- Over the course of four months, through a rigorous, data-driven assessment, LEAP’s staff, its Board, an investment committee, and a panel of experts identified each venture’s potential for impact and selected the top 11 applicants.
- Seven selected ventures support equity-seeking communities, including four ventures serving Indigenous communities, one venture serving Black Canadians, one venture serving youth with disabilities, and one venture serving low socio-economic status Canadians.
- Four ventures target rural and remote communities, including:
- 74 First Nations communities in Saskatchewan.
- 15 First Nations communities in the North.
- 21,000 students in 75 rural schools across four provinces served annually.
- 1,500+ First Nations youth across 50 communities served annually.
- Nine ventures are female-led.
- Five ventures are using tech-enabled interventions to scale their impact nationwide.
Through its partnership with LEAP, iamYiam will establish a foundation in Canada to reach marginalized population groups.
“Investing in community-based interventions is vital to the health of every Canadian, and that is truer than ever before due to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Joe Manget, Board Lead, Healthy Futures at LEAP. “We have ambitious goals for this cohort of social ventures and are excited to see the social ventures grow and scale their impact over the next 5 years.
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About LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact
LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact (LEAP) believes in a society where everyone has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We catalyze large scale social impact by selecting, supporting and scaling breakthrough social ventures and unleashing the potential of collaboration. We achieve collective impact by working across issue focused cohorts and with our sector partners, all business leaders in their respective industries: Boston Consulting Group, EY LLP, McCarthy Tétrault LLP, the Offord Group, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Canada, and Google.org. To date, over 750,000 Canadians have been reached in every province and territory.
For more information, please contact:
Susan Hallsworth, Partnership Director, LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact
iamYiam is a world leading Science-backed prevention platform serving both individuals and corporates as well as governments and educational institutions. The company is on a mission to improve the quality of life of a billion people by 2025 – by generating AI-powered personal insights from genetics, lifestyle and environmental data and applying it to each individual’s life journey in order to reach sustainable health. Combining big health data, AI, genetics and academic research (covering >2.5 million clinical trial subjects), iamYiam delivers the world’s first personalised sustainable health platform. With a team of scientists, mathematicians, engineers and clinicians, iamYiam and the iamYiam Foundation are focused on Science-backed preventive health and customised care that fast tracks one’s progress towards optimal health – from childhood to retirement.
iamYiam has been selected as a leader in health & technology and has received several acknowledgements, among these the Seal of Excellence for Research and Innovation awarded by the European Commission. iamYiam was also selected by the UK Department for International Trade to represent UK healthcare innovation globally and invited to join Toronto’s MaRS hub as a lifetime member.
For more information, please contact:
Martin Powton, VP Marketing, iamYiam