MIMS Student Combines Data Science and Entrepreneurship in New Healthcare Start-Up
Enter: the start-up ‘Diaita’ and its co-founder Ariel Ho. Hailing from Taiwan, dietician Ariel came to Berkeley to begin Diaita, a digital health intervention designed to prevent chronic illness in users, currently focusing on Type II diabetes. She recruited two co-founders Midori and Tiffany Luo, a Ph.D. student at UC Berkeley in the School of Social Welfare, to focus on creating digital health solutions for medically underserved populations in integrated behavioral health care settings. Ariel then recruited business developer Meng-Chia Chiang from Berkeley Haas Global Diploma Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation to help build the business outwards. Currently, Midori serves as the product lead, facilitating conversations between board members, engineers, and designers on the team to create the product.
Despite still being in the early stages of development, the start-up has had success among incubator programs. They were recently accepted to the prestigious National Science Foundation’s National Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program and UC Berkeley’s own SkyDeck and Health Tech CoLab. Each program hones in on a separate aspect of entrepreneurship, whether it be SkyDeck’s focus on business-building, I-Corps’s specialization in academic research, or CoLab’s accessibility concentration.
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