These Entrepreneurs Just Won $80,000

An app to help control diabetes wins big.

Kale, an app to help diabetes patients.

Kale, an app to help diabetes patients.

Tackling diabetes takes serious work. Simply monitoring blood sugar is just the beginning. So the folks at Benecure created Kale, a two-pronged system offering a patient-management portal for caregivers and an app for patients.

The Chicago-based company just won first prize in the PACT Healthcare App Challenge, taking home $30,000 in prize money. PACT (an affiliate of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce) gave out a total of $80,000 to four companies on Monday.

Kale’s patient-management portal allows a case manager to see what portions of diabetes care patients are struggling with (diet planning, side effects etc.) and shows any other diseases they may be suffering from. Its patient-facing app gives users the ability to input food intake and monitor a wide variety of symptoms.

Earning second place — and $10,000 — was iDiabetes, an app made by iHealth Innovations of Parsippany, N.J. It provides a slew of different services from the delivery of nutrition facts to health tips from other diabetics.

The other contest was the PACT Wayfinding App Challenge. The first-prize winner, taking home $30,000, was @UPenn Xperience — which lets users discover art, culture and history on Penn’s campus via a mobile app.

In second place, taking home $10,000, was Time Machine Walking Tours an app that displays historical photos from your exact location.

Independence Blue Cross and the University of Pennsylvania were sponsors.