Delightful Moments are part of all human experience: the small, but powerful, separations from the daily humdrum when we feel stronger, calmer, more joyful, more in control, more distant from pain and anxiety.
A range of new technologies has the potential to deliver these experiences. They vary from transforming the human (genetics, neurosciences), to creating new forms of human chemistry (personal pharma), to changing human experience rather than the body (virtual and augmented reality).
This event marks the official launch of Joyance Partners. By investing in these tech vectors of happiness, Joyance Partners is the first venture fund focused on health experience, not process.Young companies with technology that can deliver Delightful Moments can meet face-to-face with partners from the fund.
Mike Edelhart (Moderator) is the managing partner for the Joyance Partners fund and Social Starts VC Partnership. Mike is a pioneering media and startup executive, consultant, and author.
Nataly Kogan is the founder of Happier, a global technology and learning platform enabling users to discover new methods of pursuing emotional wellbeing. She is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, and author passionate about helping people design and live their lives to be what they genuinely want.
Sara Lazar is an Associate Researcher in the Psychiatry Department at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. The focus of her research is to elucidate the neural mechanisms underlying the beneficial effects of yoga and meditation, both in clinical settings and in healthy individuals.
David Edwards is the founder and director of Le Laboratoire and Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation. He invents radically new ways of delivering human health and wellness and creates forums where like-spirited ideas enrich cultural dialog.
Startups will be demonstrating their delightful experiences before and after the event. The startups participating so far are:
figur8 - Figur8 is building the first real-time and wearable platform that provides a live analysis of body movement control.
Hexis – Building the language that will enable technology to understand human emotion. This emotion recognition software creates true personalization and user experience automation.
Ixcela - Ixcela is a health and wellness company helping individuals improve their internal health.
Droplette - Droplette is a patented, portable, hand-held device that generates an enhanced aerosol which utilizes a fluid physics phenomena to deliver molecules deep into skin, tissue, and cells over short timescales. The platform has broad applications across multiple fields, such as delivery of drugs for inflammatory skin diseases, skin care products for cosmetic applications, inhalation and lower airway delivery, and gene delivery for gene therapy and biomedical research.
oNotes - oNotes pioneers the digitization of scent in all its natural forms for sensory-enriched lives.
Thryve - Thryve helps people learn about the microbes inside their body to improve health - A gut health program that includes microbiome genomics and personalized probiotics.
TRANSFR VR – Using virtual reality to transform learning from a lecture-based, PowerPoint saturated culture to an exciting, immersive and hands-on experience.