Aging2.0 (@agingtoo, #aging2) is a global network of innovators working in the 50+ market. We are creating an interdisciplinary, collaborative community of people from business, research, policy, design and technology, together with older adults themselves in order to advance innovation and improve the quality of life.
Our events bring people together informally over drinks and good discussion. We generally start off with some 'big picture' perspectives, have a networking break, and then have pitches from startup companies and selected non-profit organizations in the space.
This meeting will be held at:
The Hallmark, 455 North End Avenue, New York, 10282
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Registration required and tickets are limited.
BIG PICTURE TALKS
Alan Blaustein will give a Founder's Tales talk about his experiences and lessons learned creating and building businesses over the past 20 years, and the personal journey that has brought him from taking tech companies public as an attorney, through numerous ventures, to his latest mission-driven company, CarePlanners (@careplanners).
Alan has raised significant amounts of capital for his ventures, including over $100M for About.com. He has seen both sides of the table, and will talk to us about what he has learned along the journey, and provide advice for other entrepreneurs embarking on the road. Alan holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University and a JD from the New York University School of Law.
(Non-profit:) Jesse Dean, Director of Marketing, ReServe
ReServe is an innovative nonprofit that matches continuing professionals age 55+ (ReServists) with organizations that need their expertise. Nonprofits and public agencies (Partners) can tap into a lifetime of experience to fill crucial staffing gaps at affordable rates. ReServists can do great things for their communities while they put their professional expertise to work on part-time service projects, in exchange for a modest hourly stipend.
(Startup pitch:) Rie Nørregaard, Creative Director and President, Omhu
Omhu is a design concern that makes premium medical equipment and accessories. Danish for “with great care,” Omhu was founded on the belief that life is imperfect and beautiful. Creative Director and President, Rie Nørregaard began work on OMHU in 2009 with its now signature cane.
Having worked for years at companies like Smart Design and Frog Design—working at the former in a small pioneering team that designed and launched OXO kitchen tools — Rie understood superior performance and vibrant design were not mutually exclusive. She then teamed with Susy Korb and Susan Towers—two experienced luxury marketing strategists — to take on the curious task of outfitting the differently abled. Omhu has become a movement on top of being a business, with an attitude toward design as well as the circumstances of life. Because with great care, life may be imperfect, and also beautiful.
(Startup pitch:) Cindy Wittman, Founder & CEO, Speak-n-Find
Speak-n-Find is a unique electronic device which enables its users to reduce stress and time and money wasting pressure by easily using their voices or buttons on the Base Station to find up to 16 items which are constantly misplaced in homes and offices. It is easy to use and can reach over 300 feet.
Cindy Wittman has spent thirty years in the financial markets before embarking on her current entrepreneurial venture. She worked at The Latin America Finance Group Ltd, was a Partner and Founder of Hoguet, Keller, Wittman & Co. (sold to Creditanstalt Bankverein) and was an Investment Manager at Brown Brothers Harriman. She was educated at Williams College (BA) and has an MBA from Stanford University.
(Startup pitch:) Gary German, President and CEO, Nonnatech
Gary German graduated from the University at Albany in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and a Minor in Mathematics. He worked in Finance for many years on the buy side and sell side as a Junior Trader and Health Care Analyst. Gary launched his start up, Nonnatech in 2010, which is able to help older adults and disabled persons age in place in their home and community. The technology is a “Hands-Free” ecosystem not requiring the user to wear anything around their body. The system employs different types of devices, which can be used to detect and prevent falls, wandering, urinary tract infections, among other issues. The technology allows caregivers and staff to identify changes in a person’s activities of daily living (ADLs) and potential health related problems sooner, enabling the caregiver and staff to provide the appropriate plan of care leading to a reduction in accidents and hospital admissions.
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Aging2.0 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.