Kathryn Fantauzzi built a career as an expert in commercializing technology. That skill came in handy when her husband, a neuroscientist, and psychiatrist developed a wearable technology that actively improves energy, focus & sleep. The two decided to pair up to found Apollo Neuroscience and have gone on to raise venture capital to build their business.
In this episode, will talk about how she met her co-founder (and now husband) and how she came up with the idea of commercializing the technology he was developing. She’ll also talk about how Apollo Neuroscience creates engagement for the product and how the company convinces its users that the product works. Finally, we’ll unpack how this married pair of founders separate work from the rest of their lives.
Meet our guest:
Kathryn Fantauzzi is the co-founder & CEO of Apollo Neuroscience, the company that developed and launched the first scientifically-validated wearable technology that actively improves energy, focus & sleep.
Originating from research at the University of Pittsburgh, the Apollo Neuro wearable sends gentle vibrations to the body that signal safety to the brain through the sense of touch. The simple yet elegant tool retrains the nervous system to recover from stress, like meditation, without effort on the part of the user.
As CEO, Kathryn has raised over $12M and built a highly-skilled team of physicians, scientists, engineers, and designers to transform the Apollo technology from a futuristic concept into a simple but powerful tool. Launched in January of 2020, Apollo Neuro has already helped tens of thousands of users access improved mental health, without drugs or side effects.
Kathryn has in-depth experience in incubating early-stage technology startups. Prior to founding Apollo, Kathryn developed and launched a $20M tech commercialization accelerator through the NY State Energy Research & Development Authority. A graduate of Smith College, Kathryn also earned a Master of Public Administration in behavioral economics and finance, from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy. She and her co-founder are happily married, and split their time between Monterey, California and Pittsburgh, PA.