Co-creation between traditional stakeholders and startups to improve the lives of the elderly

On 22 June during the ICT&Health World Conference, World Startup Factory and the City of The Hague brought together almost 80 participants representing healthcare and welfare organizations, businesses and startups to dive into the next round of the Health Challenge. The aim of the Health Challenge is to distinguish the most urgent challenges in the lives of ageing populations and the opportunity to solve them with solutions of thriving startups.

During the three consecutive sessions we had a chance to validate previously identified challenges for when it comes to health & ageing; to link interested healthcare professionals,  representatives of the corporate companies such as KPN and SPIE and startups to the programme by the City of The Hague “gezond langer thuis” and to the Health Challenge.

The top 3 challenges recognized by the participants as the most urgent are:

  1. Tailoring towards individual needs (patient-centered care)
  2. Fostering new technology adoption (also by relatives)
  3. Self-supportive living with dementia (and other chronic diseases)

Other challenges suggested by the audience included among others chain care and new solutions to improve mobility for the elderly.

As an intermediate outcome of the Health Challenge we gathered a group of promising startups and healthcare professionals/ organizations that informally committed to working together on the outcomes of the Health Challenge. Healthcare and welfare organisations that are interested in sharing their challenges and startups that want to test their solutions are invited to join one of our next meetups.

For healthcare and welfare organisations:

  1. Meetup for healthcare and welfare organizations on July 10, at 16.00 @ The Hague Tech

For startup founders:

     2. Special meetup for startup founders on validation of their solutions, August 16, at 16.00 @ iZi-ervaarwoning

For more information contact Egbert Ottevanger (World Startup Factory) via or via +316 53219965

Stay tuned for more updates soon!

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