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, adults and professionals connect on important issues around tech, mental health, 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, digital health investor, and social entrepreneur.
In 2006, Solome founded Anxiety In Teens, the first online mental health magazine specific for young adults, by young adults. After struggling with anxiety and OCD as a teenager yet not able to find any online resource to help in her time of need, she started the online resource to support youth and families everywhere.
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 Launchpad Digital Health, the most active early-stage venture capital firm in digital health. 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. She is passionate about advancing mental health initiatives as well as supporting women and minority entrepreneurs through her advisor roles at VINAJ, Bring Change 2 Mind, SoGal Ventures Foundation and Black Tech Women. Her work as an investor, entrepreneur and health and human service technology expert has been featured in The Huffington Post, Forbes, TEDx, Inc Magazine, Upworthy, Psychology Today and more.
Solome served as the first Ashoka YouthVenture Entrepreneur-In-Residence and is the recipient of several awards, including 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.