Sproutt developed its own Quality of Life index powered by artificial intelligence to assess clients' positive lifestyle choices and match them with life insurance that is hyper-customized and affordable
Health insurance company Cigna launched Health Connect 360, a service that delivers personalized recommendations and prevents patients with chronic diseases from skipping medication in order to proactively prevent complications. The service integrates data from a combination of sources, digital devices, and AI-enabled analytical tools to allow pharmacists to get a better view of the patients' biometric data in conjunction with their medication and quickly check in with them.
Startup Huckleberry digitizes and simplifies the complex process of purchasing and managing commercial insurance for small businesses via a user-friendly platform and AI-enabled matching feature. Replacing the traditional time-consuming insurance phone calls with an online portal, Huckleberry allows users to quickly fill a five-minute form, receive instant quotes, and seamlessly purchase desired plans. To ensure it meets all the needs required by a small enterprise, Huckleberry is built to work with a variety of coverage verticals from healthcare to beauty.
Big box retailer Walmart partnered with healthcare data analytics company Embold Health to launch Featured Providers, a benefits initiative that connects their employees with insurance plans and local doctors. Embold Health uses artificial intelligence to comb through data from public and private insurance and gathers a list of best providers, ensuring the optimal cost effectiveness and patient outcomes. Employees who choose a provider outside of the recommended list are required to pay more.
Kindra is a direct-to-consumer skincare brand from CPG conglomerate P&G that offers products designed specifically for women going through menopause. In addition to dietary supplements designed to naturally ameliorate the symptoms of menopause, such as hot flashes and vaginal dryness, Kindra offers a hand & foot cream and a body lotion with soothing ingredients specifically designed to combat drier skin associated with lower estrogen levels.
Subawu+ is an app designed to help STEM students find study partners and peer tutors. Created by a student at the University of Illinois, the app enables students to find nearby study partners with similar schedules in order to form study groups. Users can earn study points, which they can redeem for special deals around campus.
Superior North EMS, paramedics in Ontario, Canada, created a peer support platform that connects colleagues who are experiencing the same issues, such as work-related PTSD. The service is available 24/7, allowing paramedics to use an app to connect with mental health professionals as well as a peer support network, indicating how they would like to be contacted, such as via text or phone call. Supervisors can also recommend that the peer support team contact a specific paramedic who has recently experienced a particularly difficult call.
PeerStrong is an app that connects individuals who are struggling with drug addiction with a peer support network of people who are in recovery. Former addicts who are recovery and are interested in helping others can be trained a certified as a peer supporter. The PeerStrong platform will then match them with individuals seeking treatment for substance use disorders.
Pause Well-Aging is a skincare brand designed to be used throughout all three stages of menopause, from perimenopause to menopause and postmenopause. In addition to products like Hot Flash Cooling Mist and Collagen Boosting Moisturizer, the brand’s site also offers a community page dedicated to sharing real-life menopause stories from its users, providing shoppers with direct support and affirmation.
Haircare Brand Better Not Younger targets consumers age 45 and older with a line of products specifically designed to address the hair concerns associated with aging, such as dryness, thinning and gray hair. With its bold, modern packaging and videos celebrating life after 45, the brand aims to challenge the stereotypes associated with aging.
Skincare brand Starface is fighting the stigma associated with acne through its bright yellow, star-shaped hydrocolloid pimple patches. Developed by former ELLE.com beauty director Julie Schott, who has written about her own struggles with acne, Starface turns acne treatment into something fun and Instagrammable rather than something to be concealed.
Personal care company L’Oreal partnered with microbial genomics company uBiome to research the skin microbiome and inform future development of skincare products that can address the needs of each individual’s unique bacterial ecosystem. L’Oreal’s research has found a connection between the skin microbiome and certain skin conditions, such as rosacea and eczema.
Beauty brand Neutrogena uses 3D printing to create personalized sheet masks. Using the Neutrogena Skin 360 app and their smartphone camera, users take a series of selfies to create a precise map of their face, dividing it into six distinct zones. The app then analyzes their individual skin concerns, such as dryness and discolorations, and makes recommendations for a combination of ingredients to target these concerns. Using a proprietary 3D-printing process, the ingredients are printed on a custom-fit mask on the exact zones of the face where they will deliver the most benefit.
Lifestyle website PopSugar created an experiential one-day pop-up in Bryant Park’s Winter Village. Focused on beauty and wellness, the Sugar Chalet features a mix of retail, events and food from partners like Athleta and e.l.f Cosmetics. Activations include meditation workshops, makeover stations, an onsite calligrapher and a meet and greet with chef Maria Koutsogiannis.