It takes a village to raise a child, but it only takes one man to make sure he’s healthy.
In recognition of Movember and men’s health awareness, we wanted to highlight Black male founders who’ve created apps focused on men’s health and the Black community. While the tech scene is predominantly white, Black folks have made BIG moves when it comes to creating health and wellness apps for the wellbeing of the Black community.
We’re seeing more male-targeted health apps and programs hit the market, and we’re here for it. Check out these Black men founders who have created digital tools to help improve men’s overall health. We’re so here for this because we love seeing our Black Kings catch the wins they deserve for their hustle and tech innovations.
Kevin Dedner – Hurdle
Kevin Dedner is the co-founder and CEO of a digital mental health platform. Hurdle focuses on supporting people who often fall through the cracks when it comes to traditional therapy because they come from unique cultural backgrounds.
To get started, users quickly fill out a registration form online. From there, they are matched with a therapist via email. All of the therapists that Hurdle works with get regular training to help make them more responsive to different cultures. Dedner got the idea for the company after seeing some glaring holes in service provision for Black men–both in his professional and personal life.
Learn more about what our brother Kevin Dedner is doing on Hurdle.
Eric Coly – Ayana Therapy
Eric Coly, CEO and Founder of Ayanna Therapy, was driven to create the company after encountering severe depression himself. The Senegal native only felt comfortable finding a therapist who had a shared cultural background.
The app provides people from marginalized communities with access to qualified and experienced therapists, based on their individual mental health needs. The app is convenient and flexible, allowing users to receive the support they need when they need it most.
Users are provided with daily text support, video consultations, and phone consultations with licensed professionals.
Y’all already know we gotta show this Black founder some respect and learn more about Ayana Therapy here.
Anthony, Janique, and Justin – Eat Okra
Where are all my Black vegans at? When it comes to finding great local restaurants, there’s no better resource than Eat Okra. The three Black developers and designers — Anthony, Janique, and Justin—have created an app that lists more than 2, 500 Black-owned vegan or farm-to-table eateries across the US.
Go on and check out a new way of finding delicious food while supporting a Black-owned business and learn more about Eat Okra.
Shareef Abdul-Malik – We Buy Black
Shareef Abdul-Malik, founder of WeBuyBlack.com is not just talking about it—he’s on a mission to build Soul Food Markets! This Black king founded an online marketplace for Black businesses, which has been called “Amazon without the shipping fees” because they pay their suppliers straight up, so there’s no hidden costs like with other sites where you might have excessive discounts but still end up paying more because of shipping
Say less? Go show WeBuyBlack.com some love here.
While there is still a lot of work to be done in terms of equity and inclusion in the tech industry, we’re inspired by Black male founders who are committed to creating health and wellness apps for the Black community. We salute you!