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WICHITA — Landing a million dollars in angel investments and selling his mobile app to a longtime customer are major highlights of Miguel Johns’ entrepreneurial journey — but they aren’t what make the twists and turns worthwhile, the Pitch Perfect alum said.
It’s the people. And the opportunity to help more of them, especially in Mexico.
“I have a wedding picture where I’ve got cousins and aunts and uncles all in it — and 90 percent of the people have diabetes,” Johns, CEO of Wichita-based KingFit Preventive Health and Performance, said of the family members who fuel his entrepreneurial passion and inspired a mobile app that converts health-related content into dynamic, easy-to-share, bilingual videos.
A broken healthcare system served as further inspiration, Johns said of his startup, which seeks to lower glucose levels at scale using machine learning.
“Back in 2015, I came across a documentary called ‘Escape Fire’ and it