After accumulating 15 years of nonprofit management experience in New York City, Eddie Gonzalez-Novoa moved to Houston to co-launch a nonprofit video game company designed to support and connect teens with cancer.
It was a huge risk — and meant upending his professional and personal lives — but it was something Gonzalez-Novoa felt he had to do. His motivation was partly personal: The new organization would show support for his 18-year-old nephew, a cancer survivor. A few years later, the Survivor Games provides an online community for cancer patients centered on video games.
In 2014, Gonzalez-Novoa returned to New York to launch Energizing Health’s northeast regional office, an undertaking that leveraged his 20 years of experience in health, community-building and tech. Under his leadership, the company has launched initiatives at some of the health-tech industry’s biggest events. At this year’s SXSW, the Energizing Health House featured two days of sessions and startup pitch competitions on topics ranging from digital therapeutics and clinical trials to pain management.