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 as a teenager yet not being able to find any online resource to help in her time of need. Anxiety In Teens has since provided Learning Through Service opportunities for 200+ young adults across the country, hosted mental health awareness events nationwide and serves as the largest online community for young adults struggling with mental health issues.
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.
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.