Hopelab Ventures

Through Hopelab Ventures, we invest in and partner with entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and innovators who are committed to advancing mental health and well-being outcomes for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ young people. We have the flexibility to support both for-profit and nonprofit teams dedicated to scaling impact and social good.

If your organization is aligned with our focus areas, email us with a brief description of the business concept, market need, backgrounds of the founders and management, and how the organization will improve the health and well-being of young people. If you have a non-confidential pitch deck, please include that as well.

Hope for the Future

We make investments where Hopelab can add value by leveraging the expertise of our innovation lab, which is staffed by researchers, strategists, designers, and communicators with unparalleled expertise in developing products for young people. We have a long history of building solutions that teens and young adults find meaningful, that they actually want to use, that can be widely distributed, and that measurably improve health outcomes. An investment from Hopelab Ventures is not only financial in nature—in addition to advisory services from the Hopelab staff, our relationships with payers, providers, entrepreneurs, investors, and subject-matter experts offer a diverse range of resources to support and enhance the capabilities of our portfolio companies with an eye toward maximizing social impact.

Hopelab Ventures News

Hurdle: mental healthcare for invisible barriers.

Hurdle announced today that Hopelab will be joining the Hurdle investor community. The partnership will propel Hurdle’s commitment to support minority youth by applying Hopelab’s model of reverse-engineering health to develop tech-based interventions by identifying the key behavioral and psychological drivers of positive health outcomes. 

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We caught up with Margaret Laws and Hopelab Ventures’ director, Erin Washington Sietstra to get their take on Hopelab and Hurdle can improve health outcomes for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ populations.

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Our Portfolio

Our portfolio of investment ventures address a diverse range of challenges facing BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ youth. Each of our investees’ founding teams is passionate about the mental well-being of young people and are dedicated to better serving and caring for members of their communities via social impact.

Learn more about our investment portfolio below.

Hopelab Ventures Portfolio

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MindRight Health provides culturally-responsive, trauma-informed mental health coaching via text message. With a mission of making mental health support radically accessible and inclusive, they’re centering youth of color and communities with historically marginal access to care to create opportunities for systemic healing.

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Hazel Health partners with schools to eliminate barriers to quality healthcare for all children. Hazel’s culturally competent care team works alongside school nurses and parents to treat students’ physical and mental health conditions, connect families to local health resources, and advise on the next steps to ensure continuity of care. As the only telehealth provider designed specifically for schools, Hazel adheres to FERPA, HIPAA, and district policies for on-demand doctor visits from school or home.

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Koko uses AI and machine learning to make mental health and well-being accessible to everyone, especially young adults and underserved populations. Learn more https://www.koko.ai/

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Equip makes gold-standard eating disorder care accessible to all people through Family-Based Treatment (FBT) delivered at home for lasting recovery. Created by experts in the field and people who’ve been there, Equip builds upon this model of care by providing families with a dedicated five-person care team including a therapist, dietitian, physician, and peer & family mentor.

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Hurdle provides Culturally Intentional Teletherapy and respects the unique needs of everyone. With cultural humility, they create a safe space where all people can show up as they are and feel understood. They are committed to providing culturally responsive, and evidence-based care to all people, while focusing on serving the Black community and other minorities.

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