Why Entrepreneurs Need To Talk About Their Mental Health

72% of entrepreneurs are directly or indirectly affected by mental health issues compared to just 48% of non entrepreneurs. That’s according to a study by the National Institute of Mental Health. 49% of entrepreneurs deal with mental health issues directly while only 32% of others experienced them. Similarly, 23% of entrepreneurs have family members who face these issues compared to just 16% of others with family members who face these same types of issues.

I’ve been an entrepreneur now for almost a decade (9 years and counting). I’m just one of 500 million entrepreneurs; we make up about eight percent of the global population, amazingly. As a category – we are exponentially more likely to suffer from mental health problems, and yet, people don’t talk about that enough – it is fetishised and glamourised, so here’s an attempt to share some data and personal experience to show the

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Kid Food Entrepreneurs Fighting to Make a Difference

30, 2020

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To celebrate and support young entrepreneurs who are working to solve environmental and food insecurity problems locally and globally, Hormel Foods launched the 10 Under 20 Food Heroes Awards. The awards bring attention and grants to help the efforts of this inspiring group.

“Ranging from age 6 to 20, these young visionaries have created cutting-edge ideas, grassroots efforts and high-impact initiatives that are making a difference in their communities and the greater world,” said Jim Snee, Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer at Hormel Foods.

“We have certainly been inspired by them and are proud to play a small part in their amazing journeys,” added Wendy Watkins, VP Corporate Communications. 

Take a look at the amazing work of this year’s 10 honorees.

Elise Simokat, age 13, Box to Belly Challenge

Photo courtesy of Hormel Foods

Elise Simokat delivered holiday meals to

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Allegheny Health Network partners with company to connect investors, mentors with entrepreneurs

Allegheny General Hospital Suburban campus in Bellevue will be the home of a new health care and life sciences accelerator.


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Allegheny Health Network is partnering with Innovation Works to bring AlphaLab to the AGH Suburban to connect entrepreneurs with investors, mentors and needed resources. It will look to seed four business categories including diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices, and health information technology.


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“AlphaLab accelerators specialize in helping great entrepreneurs build great companies,” said Innovation Works President and CEO Rich Lunak. “Marrying our capabilities to AHN’s health care expertise will benefit founders, who can test their concepts with clinicians, researchers, and operational experts on an accelerated timeline. This will result in better health care products and greater capital efficiency as they scale their businesses and find the right product-market fit.”

Companies will need to apply to be part of the program and that application process is

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What Digital Health Entrepreneurs And Investors Can Do To Combat Disparities In Health

In 2002 the average life expectancy for a person born in the United States had reached 77 years old, an increase of 7 years over a forty year period, reflecting an impressive 10 percent gain. Yet beneath the surface, there were glaring disparities – such as a five year difference in life expectancy between a Black and White baby born that year – that suggested the improvements in overall life expectancy were covering up differences in the multitude of factors that contribute to life expectancy. 

The same year, the Institute of Medicine (now National Academy of Medicine) published a landmark report on inequities in healthcare, specifically acknowledging and making recommendations to address remarkable racial and ethnic disparities in access to high quality care. 

We’re now 18 years on,

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This woman entrepreneur’s organic food brand aims to promote healthy eating among the urban population

With healthy eating and organic food no longer a fad, several brands are catering to an increasing nutrition-conscious population.

In fact, the spread of COVID-19 and the emphasis on immunity-building food pushed Seema Jindal Jajodia, Founder of Nourish Organics, to build a community of consumers that support the belief, “We are what we eat.”

Her startup — Nourish Organics — started in 2017, is a clean food company that aims at making healthy eating easier for the urban population through sustainable, organic food with a wide range of wholesome, multi-grain breakfast cereals, nutrient-dense cookies, on-the-go snacks, seed and nut combinations, and fruit and fibre-based health bars. 

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Nourish Organics

“A number of life-impacting health complications forced some of my closest family members to choose consuming organic. I turned to research to understand the impact of being organic as a long-term lifestyle choice, and thus Nourish Organics was born,” Seema tells

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