Each year San Francisco-based Aging 2.0, an innovation network and accelerator, selects startup companies in the aging and long-term care sector to participate in its year-long academy program.
Kicking off November 20, this year's academy will feature 20 startups who, over the course of a year, will have a chance to develop and market their products or services.
Each startup underwent an intensive 6-week screening process as part of the selection and will now have access to market insight, mentors, investors, distributors and consumers.
The startups chosen for the 2014-2015 academy:
- Accushield — a front entry, digital, sign-in kiosk that screens and verifies third-party vendors and service providers.
- 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.
- Breezie — a basic tablet designed for seniors and those less familiar with technology.
- CareMerge – a care coordination platform that forges meaningful connections between providers, payers, families and seniors to improve communication in today’s complex healthcare environment.
- CareMonster — a caregiving app that exists to support family communication and encourage engagement when it comes to the care of a loved one.
- EverMind — a company that produces age-friendly technologies that monitor electricity use to track habitual activity.
- EverPlans — a company that has developed the first comprehensive digital planning platform allowing families to create, store and share essential end of life wishes and emergency plans.
- GeriJoy — provides 24/7 companionship, supervision, and care management support through senior care avatars.
- Gociety Inc. – a company developing software that simplifies the smartphone interface for older adults.
- Life Assist Technologies — the developer of "Reminder Rosie", a simple, voice-activated reminder clock with an online portal that allows the family to remotely manage reminders about medications, appointments and other routines.
- Linked Senior Inc. – a cloud based dementia and therapy engagement software designed for the senior housing market.
- Life in the Moment — an online platform and support community designed to provide specific tools and resources for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and their families.
- Narrative Apparel – a startup that designs a line of fashionable, functional, and strategically engineered apparel for older adults.
- Roobrik – a company that helps family caregivers make difficult decisions with compassion and confidence, through online decision support tools.
- SingFit – a startup that engages dementia patients and residents through songs that produce an elevated mood, decreased agitation and better focus.
- SmartStones – the creator of the world’s first wearable sensorial communication device for sending simple gesture-based messages to keep family and friends close by enabling them to connect with a single touch.
- SWORD – a company that has developed the first digital therapy that uses haptic feedback to maximize the operational and therapeutic effectiveness of rehabilitation services.
- Vynca – a digital health company that provides cloud-based software for advance care planning.
- WalkJoy - reduces falls for patients with peripheral neuropathy, while WalkingHealth can predict those at risk of falling while providing the clinician with objective outcome data.
- WoundRounds – a point-of-care wound management and risk prevention solution.