The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and Springboard Enterprises have announced seven finalists for the Dolphin Tank start-up pitch session, taking place on Friday, November 20, in Orlando, Florida at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. These finalists, three of which are based in Orlando, represent America's most innovative companies focused on improving the lives of older adults.
The Dolphin Tank, a kinder, gentler version of ABC's hit television show "Shark Tank," is part of the Aging, Technology, and Innovation Conference to be held at GSA's 68th Annual Scientific Meeting, which will attract approximately 4,000 professionals in aging. The Dolphin Tank allows entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for products and services that will aid older adults and their families — and receive positive feedback and actionable insights from a panel of experts and the audience.
The members of the expert panel include: Alex Guastella, a co-founder and managing partner of Wet Paint Ventures; Charlene Quinn, an associate professor at the University of Maryland Medical School; and David Lindeman, the director of the Center for Technology and Aging at the University of Calfornia, Berkeley, and an advisor to the U.S. President's Council of Advisors for Science & Technology. Kirstie Chadwick, the president and CEO of The National Business Incubation Association, will be the moderator.
The Dolphin Tank pitch session finalists (in alphabetical order) include:
Access HEARS (Baltimore, MD): A social enterprise working to disrupt the current hearing care industry by providing low-cost hearing care through a sustainable, community-delivered model. (http://www.accesshears.com)
CareSpotter (Orlando, FL): Helps families find local, professional caregivers quickly and safely. (http://www.carespotter.com)
Home for Life Design (Orlando, FL): Provides comprehensive home accessibility & technology solutions for patients, caregivers, and healthcare service providers to support aging-in-place. (http://www.homeforlifedesign.com)
LivingSmart (Orlando, FL): A comprehensive wellness management website designed to help adults establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle. (http://www.live-smart.org)
Project Carbon (Boston, MA): Uses gaming technology to aid Alzheimer's patients, while reducing future risks associated with neurological deterioration diseases. (http://www.projectcarbon.org)
Speak for Myself (Boca Raton, FL): A hospital experience-specific computer application for patients who are unable to verbalize their needs.
Treasure Vox™ LLC (Hartford, CT): Based on theories of aging and research, this innovation helps to engage people living with dementia using an application that keeps photos and records stories. (http://www.linkedin.com/in/caldwellcover)
Limited space is available to attend this conference; to register, go to http://www.agingandtechnology.eventbrite.com. Questions about the Dolphin Tank event and the finalists can be addressed to GSA's Greg O'Neill at [email protected] or (202) 309-0117.
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA's structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education.
The Dolphin Tank is a program of Springboard Enterprises, an expert network of innovators, investors, and influencers who are dedicated to building high-growth technology-oriented companies, with a special focus on start-ups and businesses led by women. For more information, visit http://www.sb.co.