Aneela Idnani had lived hiding a secret for 20 years: she used to compulsively pull out her hair. A type of mental health disorder that involves hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking that affects 30 million Americans. Aneela says, “I didn’t want anyone, especially my husband, to think I was a lesser person because I did this thing to myself.” She adds, “I didn’t want others to think I was weird or that there was something wrong with me.” The long and lonely internal struggle made it very hard for Aneela to lead a normal life.
Arlan Hamilton is founder and managing partner of Los Angeles-based Backstage Capital, which has invested more than $5 million in 100 startups whose high-potential founders are people of color, women or LGBTQ. Two of those startups are in Minnesota, including Minneapolis-based HabitAware, the winner of the $50,000 grand prize in the 2018 MN Cup entrepreneurial competition, and the developer of a smart bracelet to make users aware of hair-pulling and other unwanted repetitive behavior.
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