Jerry the Bear

How can we empower children with diabetes cope with their conditions through play?

Current Project Stage → Build/Test

Every year, 12,000 children in the US are diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and the number is growing. Kids lives are changed drastically overnight. Kids not only need to learn the daily routines to take care of themselves but also need the vocabulary to communicate how they are feeling to their caregivers.

Jerry the Bear prepares children for the changes they will experience as he too has diabetes. Children learn how to take care of themselves by taking care of Jerry the Bear, giving insulin shots, monitoring his diet and measuring glucose levels. Kids can also follow through Jerry’s adventures, help him train for the Olympics games, and learn different lessons around diabetes.

Jerry the Bear project has been continued by Hannah Chung and Aaron Horowitz. They found a startup company, Sproutel, and built over 29 different prototypes and tested with 350 kids before they shipped their first production run in Christmas of 2013. Not only they reached 4% of children newly diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and placed Jerry in 25% of Ped. Endo office rooms to date, they also launched a new Jerry the Bear to help all kids to be healthy and well.


Project Updates:

  • Met the pres! Sproutel has been recognized as one of 32 startups companies that is pushing diversity in tech at the first-ever White House Demo day.
  • Has raised $628K to date and received NIH SBIR funding in 2015
  • 2014 Successful IndieGoGo Campaign
  • 2013 Perfect Pitch Prize Winner
  • 2012 $300k Round of Funding
  • 2012 BetaSpring Incubator $14k Seed Funding
  • 2011 Dell Social Innovation Competition $4k Fellowship
  • 2010 Entrepreneurial Idol 2nd Place $1k NUventions prize winner
  • 2009 National Diabetes Mine $5K prize winner
For full updates, check out Jerry the Bear’s Website and Press Here.

DFA Studio → Northwestern 2009
Co-Founders → Aaron Horowitz and Hannah Chung


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