Imagining new mental health supports through entrepreneurship
Share this story

Hoping to increase access to therapy and make it more affordable, future makers out of OCAD University’s Imagination Catalyst have designed a digital platform called TranQool. The tool connects users with licensed therapists from the comfort of their own home through secure video chats, as well as online resources such as cognitive behavioral therapy assignments, thought diaries, goal identification for therapy, and a daily emotional tracker. The team, which includes CEO Chakameh Shafii and her two co-founders, used OCAD’s Imagination Catalyst incubator to access mentorship and entrepreneurial training from the highly creative talent pool inside OCAD and its strong network of business connections. Together, the co-founders applied the power of design to launch the mental health care platform in February 2016.

“[Belonging to Imagination Catalyst] means we have access to a pool of highly creative people inside OCAD U as well as an external network. This has helped us build a truly human-centric product. An added benefit has been the ability to access the level of mentorship and training we need to build our business on a solid foundation.”
Chakameh Shafii
Co-Founder and CEO of TranQool
More Stories
Improving Indigenous student learning
Helping Indigenous communities manage the rights to their land
Helping build “Teaching Cities”