Over the last few weeks we’ve highlighted the fantastic work that the City Light portfolio teams are doing to make the world smarter and safer. This week, we’re sharing news from some fellow travelers portfolios, with companies working on the front lines of healthcare, food, and education.
The entrepreneurs building these companies are working tirelessly to serve the people in greatest need. They continue to innovate and adjust their solutions, quickly refocusing their resources towards creating products and functions that empower customers with the tools they need to adapt to the “new normal”.
The Town Kitchen is a community-driven food company that employs and trains our youth by delivering chef-crafted meals to corporate clients. .
Given the unprecedented impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Town Kitchen is now providing home essentials like toilet paper, paper towels, and disinfectants, as well as, a rotating menu of sustainably packaged, ready to eat family meals crafted by award-winning chefs.
By ordering through TTK Provisions, Bay Area families will not only receive high-quality products delivered to their door, but they will help generate hours of employment and apprenticeship for Bay Area youth.
Shoutout to Better Ventures for sharing this story!
Zipline delivers critical and lifesaving products precisely where and when they are needed, safely and reliably, every day, across multiple countries.
As new treatments and vaccines become available in the next 18–24 months, they will continue to be in scarce supply amid growing global demand. Zipline’s medical drone delivery service could help make sure distribution is targeted in real-time, at national-scale, to the people and populations that need it most, helping to save lives and prevent further outbreaks.
Acute, chronic and other critical medications can be delivered directly to patients or ambulatory clinics in their neighborhoods. Zipline reduces unnecessary hospital visits and lowers the risk of exposure for non-infected patients by extending the reach of the healthcare system to areas closer to their home. If an elderly or at-risk individual needs their medication, we can help them receive it without an in-person visit.
Zipline can respond to demand surges and prevent stock-outs by immediately increasing delivery volumes. Each Zipline Distribution Center can make hundreds of deliveries per day anywhere across an 8,000 square mile area. This allows health systems to precisely target the distribution of more than two tons of critical and lifesaving health products, each and every day. If a health worker needs a single mask, Zipline can cost effectively deliver it within minutes.
Shout out to Andreesen Horowitz for sharing!
mPulse Mobile combines behavioral science, analytics and industry expertise that helps healthcare organizations activate their consumers to adopt healthy behaviors.
mPulse Mobile has collaborated with more than 20 healthcare organizations to support communication to patients and members about COVID-19. Since the pandemic was announced by WHO on March 11th, mPulse has sent out over 22 million COVID-19 messages across SMS, email, IVR and mobileweb.
To enable rapid roll-out of important communications, mPulse partnered with leading healthcare organizations, including some of the largest plans and IDNs in the country, to develop a COVID-19 Strategic Communications Tool Kit that helps solve the evolving communication and engagement requirements of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tool kit features a suite of configurable programs focused on educating members about the ever-changing situation and informing them about care access, with some programs available to launch as quick as two days.
Shoutout to SJF for sharing!
ClassTag has received a lot of social media love over the past few days as teachers and parents credit the program for helping to manage and simplify communication as schools close their doors. On Monday they announced a schoolwide solution to support remote learning — for free — which allows school leaders and teachers to: reach every family with important messages, via SMS, email, apps or the web, and automatically translated into 55+ languages, get visibility into contact information accuracy and reach for every communication, communicate internally among teachers, school leaders and staff, post videos, assignments and resources for parents to engage children at home, hold virtual lessons using ClassTag events with a preferred video conferencing tool, and provide options for parents to support each other in a community forum.
Shoutout to Newark Venture Partners for this one!
These are just a few examples of why we are convinced that tomorrow will be better than today. It can help to take a moment to recognize the amazing work being done by entrepreneurs and their startup companies.
To that end, if you have inspiring stories about entrepreneurs making a difference that you would like to share, please send them to us at email@example.com. We are sure that our community of investors, entrepreneurs and change makers could use a smile and a reminder that we are not alone.