Oberlin College famously believes that one person can change the world. That’s reflected in the startup incubator run by their Center for Innovation and Impact.

Nancy Darling, Charlie Maddox, Max Kramer, and Emily Marcus spent an intense January in LaunchU, Oberlin’s Shark Tank-like incubator. Fledgling founders learned business basics, refined and pitched their ideas, and vied for startup funds in three rounds of competition.

In March 2019 their hard work paid off. 1step2life was awarded the top prize from an initial field of 42 Oberlin students, alum, and faculty. Now on to the hard work – taking an idea – supporting parents and teens – and turning it into something that people can really use.

Doctors tell teens in pain what they need to do to take back their lives. But it’s often parents who help their teens do it. The concept behind the 1step2life app is simple: use cutting edge rehabilitation and developmental science to support teens in pain and those who love them.