Lambent Data addresses gap between social services and families, providing value for both

Written by
Liam Johnson '24
Oct. 20, 2021

Two in every five people in the U.S. struggle to make ends meet. They face challenges in housing, healthcare, education, jobs, food insecurity, and more. Lambent Data has been building a software solution to enhance the assistance that social service and healthcare providers bring to individuals and families.

Co-founder and CEO Kirsten Hund Blair ’84 stated, “We’ve built the OurREACH™ collaborative platform and app to 'reach' in two ways. It equips social service and healthcare providers to better reach those they serve–while it empowers individuals and families to reach milestones in health and social determinants of health, such as housing, education, jobs, financial literacy and more. It also provides valuable resources for child development.” 

"In talking with practitioners," said Hund Blair, "we hear they don’t have a platform that both equips them as staff and empowers the families they serve. OurREACH™ can boost programs they have and also show data they haven’t had previously, about how families are trying to reach goals and milestones. This helps them improve their programs. They also state they’re seeking ways to keep engaging with those they serve after people 'graduate' from their programs. OurREACH™ can continue to empower the 'graduates' while also enabling staff to stay in touch to support and also to report outcomes to their funders." 

Lambent also has been engaging with foundations that could provide starter grants to their grantee organizations to launch OurREACH™. “We're excited by the enthusiastic feedback from teen parents, mentors, and staff in our pilot with New Jersey branches of a national organization serving teen parents,” said Hund Blair. "We are also grateful to have recently received more investment, and to be in discussions with potential other early adopters of OurREACH™."

Putting into practice the power of the Princeton network over the past three years, Lambent Data has engaged nine Princeton alumni as staff, Board members or advisors, ranging from 1967 to 2019 graduates. Lambent has also involved 18 Princeton undergrads as Interns and is working with the Princeton University Nonprofit Consulting student group. 

Lambent Data has been selected for prestigious accelerator programs and funding opportunities (MassChallenge, SOCAP, and the Angel Venture Fair). “We’ve benefited greatly from these opportunities to engage with terrific mentors, experts, strategic partners, investors, staff, and fellow entrepreneurs,” said Hund Blair. 

On October 28, Lambent will be exhibiting at the virtual MassChallenge 2021 Showcase and available for 1-on-1 meetings. On December 7, they will pitch at the Angel Venture Fair in Philadelphia. 

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