Meet the finalists
The Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives has passed through its initial phase here in London with a jury pitch day last week. Seven finalists spent the day pitching to a jam packed specialist jury panel made up; of Ilona Haslewood from Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Yves Masson from AXA Direct and Partnerships, Alison Mclean from Swiss Re Foundation, Peter Tyson from Impact Hub King's Cross, Dermot Egan from Tilt, Valerie Stevens from Help Age International and David Metz from UCL.
It was an exciting day of pitches, presentations and interviews topped off by an evening reception awarding the three finalists a place in the acceleration cohort.
We'd like to congratulate: Silversharers, Speakset and See What I Mean for making it through.
While all the semi-finalists shone last week these three were chosen to be supported over a 3 month period, through a monthly stipend, business support, full time membership at Impact Hub King's Cross and access to network from all three partners running the programme.
Connecting senior explorers
Silversharers' mission is to connect, mobilize, empower and enrich senior citizens, by creating a community platform for mutually rewarding “home-stay” visits and vacations, with the potential to enhance the quality of life for many of our seniors.
Reducing isolation for older people
SpeakSet is a product that converts an older person's TV into an easy to use video calling device. It makes video calling accessible by using a clear interface and being controlled by a really simple remote control. SpeakSet solves the problem of isolation in old age.
Ewan Marshall, Adi Kasliwell and Matt Simmons
See What I Mean
Journey anywhere not just in to the past
The See What I Mean (SWiM) App is a new and innovative solution to communication and engagement problems for people living with dementia. Losing the ability to communicate is one of the most frustrating and difficult problems for people with dementia, their families and carers. Communication is challenging because words can become hard to understand whereas images often retain their meaning.
Ilyanna Kerr and Peter Rogers