Hi, I’m Solome.
I’m a social entrepreneur, digital health investor, and behavioral health technology strategist.
I’m a former anxious teen who has built non-profit and for-profit startup organizations aimed at changing how we deliver mental healthcare. I’m eager to help youth and adults connect on important issues around tech, social media, digital citizenship and more. Today, I’m also an investor in digital health technologies transforming physical and behavioral health for populations of all backgrounds.
I work with passionate organizations, universities and associations who want to change the conversation around mental health. Gen Z and Millenials are leveraging technologies in ways that we could never have imagined just a few short years ago, and it’s making a big impact on our mental health. Healthcare providers, payers and patients are demanding new and innovative solutions to address the growing national behavioral healthcare costs.
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Solome Tibebu is an award-winning mental health and patient advocate, social entrepreneurship speaker, and Founder of Anxiety In Teens.
Anxiety In Teens 501(c)3 non-profit organization is the first online mental health magazine specific for young adults, by young adults. Solome founded Anxiety In Teens in 2006 after struggling with anxiety and OCD as a teenager yet not able to find any online resource to help in her time of need. Anxiety In Teens has since provided Learning Through Service opportunities for 300+ young adults across the country, hosted mental health awareness events nationwide, and continues to offer an online community for young adults struggling with mental health issues to connect and develop advocacy skills through expressive writing.
While a full-time college student, Solome developed patent-pending Cognific, a mental health homework application for patients and analytics platform for healthcare providers. Solome built a team of engineers and clinicians, managed product development, secured angel funding and deployed the technology across multiple clinical pilots. In her lectures, Solome shares insights about her journey as a young entrepreneur developing solutions for important problems while struggling with the very challenges these solutions address.
Today, Solome is an investor with Affiniti VC, a venture capital firm investing in early-stage digital health startups and frontier technologies. Along with Dr. Steve Ramsland, Solome is a co-author of ReThink Behavioral Health Innovation, a monthly newsletter dedicated to covering the latest in technology and innovations transforming mental health, human services, integrated care and substance use industries.
Solome is the recipient of the SAMHSA National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health Youth MOVE National Dare to Dream Award (Washington, D.C.), the Minnesota Association of Children’s Mental Health 2010 Outstanding Service Award (Minneapolis, MN), the Margaret Clark Morgan Mental Health Scholar Award (Cleveland, OH), GSCU Dr. Martha L. Colvin Docent (Atlanta, GA), and was selected as 1 of 20 young social entrepreneurs to represent the United States internationally at the G20 Summit Young Entrepreneurs Alliance.
Through her work in developing innovative behavioral health technologies, Solome was recognized with the Pentair Entrepreneurship Award, a recipient of the Minnesota Cup, and the University of St. Thomas Ron Fowler Business Concept Challenge Winner. Solome served as the first Ashoka YouthVenture Entrepreneur-In-Residence and continues to mentor young social entrepreneurs in healthcare and technology. She is passionate about advancing mental health initiatives as well as supporting women and minority entrepreneurs.