[vc_row padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column fade_animation_offset=”45px”][text_output]Cedar Rapids is the newest chapter of Aging2.0, a global organization focused on accelerating innovation to improve the lives of older adults around the world. With more than 30 chapters in cities like Beijing, Barcelona, and Seattle, the Cedar Rapids chapter brings a heavy emphasis on these critical issues to the upper Midwest.
The chapter will be hosted by NewBoCo through its Iowa Startup Accelerator initiative in Cedar Rapids.
The inaugural event will be on Thursday, May 5th, at our Aging-themed Innovation Summit. The event will match aging-related startups with innovators and leaders in the sector, investors, and more. Startups have the opportunity to pitch to those industry leaders for feedback; the winner will continue on to the Aging2.0 Global Startup Search competition, including:
- Be featured on the Aging2.0 website during the voting round
- Receive ONE free ticket to Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE (Oct 12-14) valued at ~$800
- Be featured at the Global Reception during Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE
If your Startup is voted as a finalist (based on the online voting round), you will:
- Receive Aging2.0 mentorship
- Present on stage to 1000+ attendees for a chance to win $2,500 and a one-year membership to the Aging2.0 Alliance
- Receive free exhibit space at the Aging2.0 OPTIMIZE conference
Startups: Apply here (only a few spots left!)
Aging / Senior care leaders, innovators, investors can register here.
The event is free and is generous sponsors by Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa.
“This is a huge step forward for Iowa,” said Eric Engelmann, Executive Director of NewBoCo. “With two aging-related startups in our accelerator cohort last year (CareAcademy and CareDrop) off to an amazing start, being a part of Aging 2.0 lets us double down on the expertise we already have here, and connects us to a global network of aging innovators.”
Startups and Industry Experts
Here’s a preview of the startup teams and industry experts who will be in attendance on Thursday:
Industry experts, from organizations such as:
- Iowa Association of Area Agencies on Aging
- CarePro Health Solutions
- UnityPoint Health – St. Luke’s Hospital
- Family Caregivers Center of Mercy
- Alzheimer’s Association
The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative is a non-profit with the mission to accelerate world-changing ideas, from Iowa. The organization aims to create impactful startup businesses that grow here through it’s Iowa Startup Accelerator program and more; to foster world-class technical and creative talent via innovative educational programs for kids and adults; to assist thriving, innovative companies in developing new products and attracting the best talent through corporate innovation programs; and to make an outstanding social impact, and make the world a better place. Since 2014, the program has grown dramatically, helping hundreds of startups get off the ground and grow, and thousands of children learn to code.
About Aging 2.0
Aging2.0 (http://www.aging2.com) is a global innovation platform focused on aging and long-term care. Aging2.0 connects, educates and supports innovators through a variety of programs including the Academy, annual Global Innovation Summit, the Leaders Circle corporate partners program, local chapter events, a consumer research panel and the CoverAGE newsletter. Over the past two years, Aging2.0 has hosted more than 60 events in 15 cities across four countries and ran its first startup program (The Generator) from Nov 2013 – May 2014.
About Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa
Founded in Cedar Rapids in 1997, Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa (PCI) is one of Iowa’s largest private, multispecialty physician groups. Over 80 physicians, surgeons, and mid-level providers meet nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge, experience, and skills in order to provide the highest quality of care in a wide range of specialties and subspecialties. Learn more at www.pcofiowa.com.
About the Blackstone Charitable Foundation
The Innovation Summit Series would not have been possible without the support from the Innovation Grant awarded to NewBoCo by the Blackstone Charitable Foundation.
The Blackstone Charitable Foundation was founded at the time of Blackstone’s IPO in 2007 with substantial commitments from the Firm’s employees. Influenced by the enterprising heritage of the firm and its founders, The Blackstone Charitable Foundation is directing its resources and applying the intellectual capital of the firm to foster entrepreneurship in areas nationwide and globally. Through its investment expertise across several asset classes and geographies, Blackstone has a unique perspective on the global economy and a heightened understanding of how entrepreneurial activity is often the crucial catalyst in the growth of successful businesses, industries and communities. For more information, see http://www.blackstone.com/foundation.