SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today Aging2.0, the global innovation network, announces the 20 startup companies who will be part of the 2014-2015 Aging2.0 Academy. The highly competitive Aging2.0 Academy, the only program of its kind globally, is designed to nurture and accelerate a select group of startups focused on the large and growing aging and long-term care markets.
Over the course of the year-long program, Academy companies will receive critical market insight, access to consumers, expert mentorship and curated introductions to pilots, distribution and investors to help them achieve their strategic goals and ultimately improve the lives of older adults around the world – the mission of Aging2.0. Through Aging2.0’s partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs, Academy companies will also have access to Google training, mentorship and products.
The Academy program will be tightly integrated with Aging2.0’s recently announced Leaders Circle. This exclusive group of corporate partners is an unprecedented collection of the leading organizations from across the industry who have come together to support and accelerate innovation in aging and long-term care.
“We were blown away by the quality and quantity of the Academy applicants this year and are thrilled to announce the 2014-2015 cohort,” said Katy Fike, PhD., Aging2.0 co-founder. “We look forward to working with and supporting each company as they bring these much-needed products and services to market.”
Academy applicants underwent a competitive 6-week screening process, which included valuable input from the Aging2.0 Leaders Circle and the Aging2.0 Consumer Panel, who both see and experience the needs first hand every day.
The Academy startups are focused on solutions to many of the "Grand Challenges" in aging and long-term care such as family caregiving, cognitive impairment, end of life, fall prevention, safety, loneliness, care coordination, loss of independence, the digital divide and the need for new, lower cost care delivery models.
“Aging is a global issue, which is reflected in this year’s international cohort,” said Stephen Johnston, Aging2.0 co-founder. “We are delighted to welcome these talented entrepreneurs, who are focused on the most pressing issues in aging and long-term care, to the Aging2.0 Academy.”
The 2014-2015 Aging2.0 Academy cohort includes:
- Accushield is a front-entry, digital, sign-in kiosk that screens and verifies third-party vendors and service providers. Atlanta, GA
- Active Protective produces smart garments that reduce hip fractures in the elderly by deploying micro-airbags to protect the hip in the event of a fall. Allentown, PA
- Breezie is a simplified, personalized tablet interface designed for seniors and those less familiar with technology. London, UK
- Care Monster is a caregiving app that supports family communication and encourages engagement when it comes to the care of a loved one. Beavercreek, OH
- caremerge is a care coordination platform that forges meaningful connections between providers, payers, families and seniors to improve communication in today’s complex healthcare environment. Chicago, IL
- Evermind creates age-friendly technologies that improve the lives of those who are living alone, or who need extra support, and the people who care about them by using electricity monitoring of home appliances, and other everyday objects. Nashville, TN
- Everplans is the first comprehensive digital planning platform that allows families to create, store and share essential end-of-life wishes and emergency plans. New York, NY
- GeriJoy’s global care team provides 24/7 companionship, supervision, and care management support through senior care avatars; improving quality of care, increasing safety, and lowering cost. San Francisco, CA
- Gociety creates software that simplifies the smartphone interface for older adults. Their products, GoLivePhone® and GoLiveAssist®, are easily accessible and highly affordable. Leenderstrijp, Netherlands
- Life Assistant Techologies’ product, Reminder Rosie, is a simple, voice-activated reminder clock with a robust online portal, which allows the family to manage reminders remotely to help support the older adult's independence. San Francisco, CA
- Life in the Moment is a robust platform delivering a complete continuum of care through mobile apps and a dynamic website aimed at improving the lives of families living with Alzheimer’s. Indianapolis, IN
- Linked Senior is a cloud-based dementia and therapy engagement software for the senior housing market. Washington, D.C.
- Narrative Apparel gives dignity and independence back to older adults through a line of fashionable, functional, and strategically engineered apparel. Greer, SC
- Roobrik is an online decision tool that helps family caregivers make difficult health and care choices with clarity and confidence. Durham, NC
- SingFit provides music therapy solutions that engage memory care and assisted living residents through song, which produces elevated mood, decreased agitation and better focus. Los Angeles, CA
- Smartstones is the world’s first wearable, sensorial communication device, which connects family members and friends through simple gesture-based messages. Santa Barbara, CA
- SWORD is reinventing the motor rehabilitation industry with the first digital therapy solution that uses haptic feedback to maximize the operational and therapeutic effectiveness of rehabilitation services. Aveiro, Portugal
- Vynca is a digital health company that provides cloud-based software for Advance Care Planning. Sunnyvale, CA
- WalkJoy is a wearable device which reduces falls for patients with peripheral neuropathy by restoring the sensory feedback loop. The WalkingHealth software provides objective gait analysis, fall risk prediction and functional outcome data to therapists. Long Beach, CA
- WoundRounds provides a unique point-of-care wound management and risk prevention solution that empowers nurses to do more with less. Schaumburg, IL
Aging2.0 (www.aging2.com) is a global organization on a mission to accelerate innovation that will improve the lives of older adults around the world. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through its global chapter network, consumer research panel, conferences, Aging2.0 Academy startup program and the Generator Ventures fund. In less than three years, Aging2.0 has become the premier platform for discovering and cultivating innovations focused on aging and long-term care.