AGE-WELL tech competition returns for 2020
March 18, 2020
TORONTO – Are you an entrepreneur or startup with a technology-based solution that can support the health and quality of life of seniors or their caregivers?
The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge is back for another run in 2020. This national competition recognizes top startups and supports entrepreneurship in Canada’s technology and aging sector.
Finalists will pitch their innovative technologies and services to a panel of expert judges. Regional competitions will be held in Halifax, Toronto and Whistler, B.C. The winner at each competition will receive $20,000 in cash, plus in-kind prizes and a future opportunity to pitch to regional investors.
“We’re pleased to be running this competition once again and to be spotlighting top Canadian innovators whose products can positively impact older Canadians or their caregivers,” says Dr. Alex Mihailidis (pictured), scientific co-director and CEO of the AGE-WELL Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE).
As Canada’s Technology and Aging Network, AGE-WELL brings together researchers, older adults, caregivers, partner organizations and future leaders to accelerate the delivery of technology-based solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians.
“AGE-WELL is propelling forward the technology and aging sector to ensure that technologies have an impact on people’s lives, and generate social and economic benefits for Canadians,” says Dr. Mihailidis.
Regional competitions are scheduled for Summer and Fall 2020. Please note that due to ongoing developments with COVID-19, the date and format for any events related to the competition are subject to change.
Sponsors of the competition are: BC Seniors Living Association, CARP, IBM, Impact Centre, Innovacorp, Innovation PEI, New Brunswick Innovation Foundation, Ontario Brain Institute, Spectrum Health Care, and YouAreUNLTD.
The deadline to submit an application is April 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. (From these applications, five finalists will be selected for each regional competition.) To apply or find out more, please see the competition main page.
AGE-WELL NCE Inc. is Canada’s Technology and Aging Network. The pan-Canadian network brings together researchers, older adults, caregivers, partner organizations and future leaders to accelerate the delivery of technology-based solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians. AGE-WELL researchers are producing technologies, services, policies and practices that improve quality of life for older adults and caregivers, and generate social and economic benefits for Canada. AGE-WELL is funded through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program. For more information, visit www.agewell-nce.ca.