AARP Selects 15 Cutting-Edge Health Tech Finalists for LivePitch Competition May 14
10 national and 5 Florida startups get judged by VC’s, angel investors and consumers in Miami
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - March 31, 2015 - AARP is announcing its 15 LivePitch finalists for the fourth AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch. The event, supported by LivePitch Media, showcases the hottest startups in the “50 and over” health technology market. AARP LivePitch takes place Thursday, May 14, 2015, at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
The event is unique among startup pitch and demo events because it gives startups access not only to venture capitalists and angel investors, but to thousands of fifty-and-over consumers. AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch takes place at the AARP Life@50+ AARP National Event & Expo, which is attended by 15,000 members and guests from across the globe.
“This year 228 outstanding companies from around the world applied to present on stage at AARP Health Innovation@50+, making our job of selecting the finalists extremely difficult,” said Jody Holtzman, AARP’s senior vice president of Thought Leadership. “After careful consideration, we came away with 15 finalist companies, five of those based in Florida, who we think are poised to make an impact in healthcare for those 50 and over – and for everyone. I’m looking forward to watching how our judges and AARP members evaluate these companies on May 14th.”
This year’s expert judges include: Mohanjit Jolly, partner, DFJ; Scott Marden, managing partner, CIP Capital; Casper deClercq, partner, Norwest Venture Partners; and Lee Shapiro, managing partner, 7wire Ventures. Lisa Suennen, managing partner at Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC, returns as the show emcee.
AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Finalists
This year, there are two LivePitch categories:
LivePitch: Startups with teams in place and a product under development
Florida Pitch: Florida-based startups who share rapid fire, 2 minute pitches
We are pleased to present the 15 finalists of the fourth AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch. These companies will take the stage on May 14th in Miami.*
Audicus aims to mitigate the stigma associated with aging by offering sleek, easy-to-use hearing aids at prices significantly lower than those of competitors. By selling hearing aids over the internet, Audicus is able to cut hefty intermediary costs without sacrificing quality. No one should miss out on a life well-heard.
Constant Therapy’s mobile solution helps people improve their brain function after a stroke, brain injury, dementia, or learning disorders with personalized science-‐based exercises and powerful data analytics. It is used in hundreds of institutions such as Kaiser Permanente & Massachusetts General Hospital, and is helping thousands of patients & caregivers.
On average, it takes 38 days to see a dermatologist in the USA. With First Derm™ you take a picture of your skin problem, send it to our board9certified dermatologists, and receive an answer in hours of what it could be, treatment(s), or if you need an in9person dermatologist appointment.
Medella Health is developing smart contact lenses that continuously and non-invasively monitors glucose levels, and transmits that information to a mobile phone, so patients can better manage their diabetes.
MediSafe™ is the leading mobile medication management platform that reminds patients to take their medications via mobile solutions, to improve adherence rates and curb growing health care costs. The personalized application –downloaded by more than 1.4 million users worldwide – alerts family, friends and caregivers if patients miss a dose.
Controlled by voice, ollo is a wearable 4G smartphone that combines a personal digital assistant with real time health monitoring. We enrich every moment of the day by making communication easy and intuitive, whilst smart monitoring software provides constant peace of mind that all is well.
Sharefund is a crowd-sourcing platform that enables families (and communities) to secure help with rides, meals, visits, chores and funds from chosen social networks when caring for an ill or aging loved one.
Keep your loved ones safer while on the road with splitsecnd. It is the most affordable and only portable device that, in any car, provides automatic crash notification, realtime GPS tracking and, at the push of a button, directly connects to a 24/7 emergency response center.
Veridrop has developed a unique platform and an electronic device to help patients administer and track their eye drops medications. It is a bold step that will change the way we install eye drops and overcome the challenges associated with traditional eye drop delivery methods.
Personalized vitamins on subscription packaged in daily doses and delivered to your home. No more pill bottles running out at different times or filling out weekly pill cases. Each pack is customized based on 1) what you already take, 2) questionnaire leading to a suggested pack, or 3) blood/genetic/activity data.
Florida Pitch Finalists
AlzhUp seeks to improve the quality of life of people with Alzheimer's by integrating actual memories and scientifically-proven therapies in a single platform, slowing the cognitive decline of the patient, as well as facilitate the active participation of the entire family and care team in the treatment process.
CareSync combines web & mobile apps with 24/7 concierge services to help people coordinate care. Personalized Care Plans, actionable tasks & great customer service help people navigate the healthcare maze.
HeadRehab has combined decades of neuroscience research with the latest in Virtual Reality technology to provide an objective evaluation of key brain functions: Memory, Balance, and Reaction Time. Detecting a decline in these functions can alert care-givers to early onset of neuro-degenerative diseases, fall risk, and improve management of Brain Health.
Home For Life Design
Home for Life is a leader in providing solutions for consumers, healthcare providers, and retailers in the aging in place market. Our innovative home assessment software enables our growing network of therapists and product/service providers to reach homeowners with the ideal solutions for remaining in their home for life.
We deliver custom and personalized educational content to the patient to improve health outcomes. By educating the patient at the moment of need with appropriately sized content on relevant medical information increases engagement, the result is a better patient experience, and lowers costs for healthcare focused organizations.
Our Powerful Dual-Pitch Format
The powerful AARP LivePitch format provides start-ups the opportunity to pitch to both leading venture and angel investors and 50+ Consumers, at the same time. In this dual-pitch format, the judges will provide their feedback directly to the companies while they are on stage and the consumers in the audience will vote (using handheld, wireless gear) for which company they find is most unique, addresses a significant need, and is most relevant to themselves, family and friends. To learn more about the AARP Health Innovation @50+ LivePitch process, visit http://health50.org.
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services. A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP enEspañol, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates. The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.
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*Descriptions of finalist companies are provided by those finalist companies and should not be interpreted as an AARP endorsement of any product or service.