- Brianna Wolin, 22; Parisa Soraya, 23
Over half of American adults live with chronic illnesses, amounting to 120 million individuals. Find Your Ditto is the first mobile platform that connects individuals living with the same chronic illnesses. In early 2016, the company validated the need for Find Your Ditto through a low-tech, on-campus pilot at the University of Michigan. Within just a few weeks, over 100 students signed up across 40 different illnesses. Sixty-three percent of them reported an increase in emotional support after their first Find Your Ditto experience. The company aims to create a world where no individual living with chronic illness has to ever feel alone.
Find Your Ditto currently partners with three large universities and has a strong ongoing relationship with Novo Nordisk, a Danish multinational pharmaceutical company. As of March 2017, the team is undergoing discussions for its seed round of funding with multiple potential investor entities. The company's CEO, Brianna Wolin, is a chronic illness patient herself, and recently received the International Patient Innovation Award from Lyfebulb and Novo Nordisk for starting Find Your Ditto. Through grants and competitions, the company has secured $20,000 in funding. Additionally, Find Your Ditto has taken top prizes in the Detroit MedHealth Summit and the Michigan Business Challenge Social Impact Track in 2017.
Note: All data as of 1/31/17