Kentucky Commercialization Ventures announced the winners of the inaugural 2022 KCV IMPACT (Innovative Mobile, Public Health, And Community-Oriented Technologies) Competition. The goal of the competition was to encourage ideation relevant to the improvement of the social, health, or economic conditions and highlight the value of innovators from across the state of Kentucky.
Winners received up to $25,000 for their institution to bring their innovations to life.
We are pleased to announce BumptUp was awarded First Place!
View our presentation here.
Read more about our winning innovation:
High rates of maternal mortality and morbidity are an urgent crisis in the U.S. A major contributing factor is the high number of women presenting for prenatal care with chronic health issues such as obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and depression and/or anxiety; all of which complicate pregnancies and all of which have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fortunately, physical activity during pregnancy reduces gestational weight gain and improves all of the aforementioned health outcomes during and after pregnancy. However, only 15% of pregnant women achieve the recommended amount of exercise. Further, women report a lack of guidance from their health care team on how to safely and effectively engage in physical activity during and after their pregnancy.
96% of women of childbearing age in the U.S. own a smartphone, and the majority of pregnant women utilize mobile apps for health information. A timely opportunity exists to provide pregnant and postpartum women with much-needed physical activity support through digital technology. Our team of qualified experts (exercise physiologists, women’s health physical therapists, nurse practitioners) have created a solution – BumptUp: the only evidence-based mobile health app designed specifically for pregnant and postpartum women with the goal of becoming/staying physically active in accordance with clinical recommendations. The unique features of the app were designed based on feedback from women (pregnant and postpartum) and obstetric providers; these include quality education, time-efficient exercises, individualized programming, safety monitoring, social support, and more. Help us improve health outcomes by getting BumptUp into the hands of women who need it!
Visit KCV for the full announcement: https://www.kycommercializationventures.com/post/kcv-impact-competition-awards-six-innovative-projects