Mandy Salomon, PhD
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Mandy Salomon, PhD

As CEO and Co-founder of Mentia, I lead our team's mission to bring humanistic solutions to aged care’s biggest problems using scientific rigor, creativity and digital engineering.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mandysalomon/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/msalomon
Others: https://twitter.com/mentia_me
San Francisco
Member since March 04, 2020
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"Art is the world tempered by imagination". By leveraging creativity with technology we can impact cost, quality and access to better health. Quote_down
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Education
2016 Swinburne University of Technology , PhD , Media/Gerontology/HCI
Skills
Innovator. Creator. Motivator. Listener. Learner. Favorite current word: Flow. Leadership style focuses on building a shared vision. I like to be surrounded by clever people whose skills enhance mine.

I am a(n):

Entrepreneur

Companies I've founded or co-founded:
Achievements (products built, personal awards won):

- Building the prototype of DevaWorld during my doctoral studies.
- Awarded Best PhD Candidate (Smart Service Cooperative Research Center)
- Listed as one of 17 Global Innovators in AgeTech, 2020 (The Gerontechnologist)
- Appointed to the International Digital HealthTransformation Global Consortium (IDIH) (2020-22)

If you're an entrepreneur or corporate innovator, why?

I want to change the world.

My favorite startups:

(no order) Paincheck, Dropbox, Omada, Grammarly, Stripe, Canva, Kanopy,

Why did you start your company or why do you want to innovate inside your company?

Driven by the belief that I could move the needle on quality, cost and access to care.

What's most frustrating and rewarding about entrepreneurship/innovation?

Most frustrating : selling into a difficult market
Most rewarding : finding the innovators who want to shake the system and embrace change

What's the No. 1 mistake entrepreneurs/innovators make?

Not using mentors and advisors to their capacity

What are the top three lessons you've learned as an entrepreneur?

Egos are unhelpful, business is cold, focus focus focus.

Full bio

Dr. Mandy Salomon is co-founder and CEO at Mentia, a digital therapeutics company delivering customized evidenced-based therapies to the point of care within the USA’s $415billion long-term care services sector. An inventor, leveraging achievements in theatre, tv & digital media and applied research with Silicon Valley agility to help organizations improve health outcomes while increasing caregiver and client retention. Published author and international speaker on gerontechnology. Passionate advocate of person-centered and relationship-centered care solutions informed by co-design. PhD awarded in 2016 for interdisciplinary research in the fields of Media, Gerontology and Human-computer interaction to break down the digital divide experienced by people impacted by dementia. Named “One of 26 Aussie Rockstar Founders working in the US” (ACS, 2019), Mandy serves on the consultative committee of the Dementia Action Alliance (USA) and is proud to be a value-added partner of The Eden Alternative, an international consortium driving cultural change for the world’s aging populations.

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Recognized leader in digital transformation for healthy aging. International speaker, published author on topics of Brain Health, Codesign, and Gerontechnology for global aging populations (2018-19).

Disruptor with unique industry experience, leveraging achievements in theatre and tv & digital media and applied research with Silicon Valley agility to help organizations increase caregiver and client retention and improve quality of life. 

Proven and passionate advocate of person-centered and relationship centered care solutions informed by co-design.

Co-founder & CEO of Mentia Inc. (2017–). Leading a distributed team across the US, Europe, China and Australia. Our mission is to bring humanistic solutions to aged care’s biggest problems using scientific rigor, creativity and digital engineering.

Year 1: Acquired seed-round funding lead by leading Silicon Valley digital health investor; incorporated in the US; received the highly-sought but hard to obtain Investor/Employee E2 Visa. Began building the team.

Year 2: Developed DevaWorld™, the first virtual world designed specifically for health management for people with cognitive impairments and their caregivers. Investigated the US’ troubled health system to understand product-market fit. Established the Mentia and DevaWorld brands and created the category ‘Connected Dementia Therapy’. Achieved Forbes nomination as one of ‘7 Senior Tech Companies to Watch’ (2017), Sompo/Aging2.0 announce Mentia as one of 9 ‘High Impact Start-ups in Senior Tech’ in their global search (2018). Invited to exhibit, present and media attention in leading publications.

Year 3 Market entry 2019 led to institutional customers in home care and senior living spanning Canada, the US and Australia. Company focus is now on reaching revenue targets, expanding our product and acquiring strategic and venture investment in order to scale.