Given the enormous scale and complexity of obesity in the US and increasingly globally, we benefit greatly from grant support to come up with innovative solutions. However, because the level at which even the very best solutions must be scaled to impact are so very massive, effective solutions will ultimately need to be revenue positive. To this end, an important aspect of Obesity Solutions is finding and supporting the best entrepreneurial projects. The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar enterprise dominated by product and services that usually fail when viewed in the longer term, based on bad or no science. People struggling with their weight deserve better, and the Obesity Solutions challenge is about encouraging thoughtful innovation with an end goal of actually solving obesity.  We manage this as a partnership with ASU’s Venture Catalyst program at ASU’s Skysong, who assist with new company start up mentorship. For information about this project, contact Deborah Williams.

2013 Challenge Winners