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Selwyn Innovation Challenge on Respectful Ageing

The Selwyn Innovation Challenge aims to fund innovative products and services that significantly improve outcomes for older people.

We know that New Zealanders have the ability to create amazing solutions through collaboration and innovation, and we want to foster an innovation eco-system that promotes Respectful Ageing.

Our research across Auckland and Northland identified 37,500 significantly vulnerable older people in those areas alone. That number is only expected to grow as our ageing population increases.

We are looking to raise awareness of the challenges facing an ageing population and spur businesses, innovators, entrepreneurs and community organisations to come up with creative ways to enable real change, whether that’s through technology, products or services.

On the flipside, the ageing population creates huge potential to harness the energy and experience of older people and enable their ongoing contributions. This presents a real opportunity for economic growth through innovation in the design of products, services and support catering to the needs of people as they age.

The Challenge has two categories, each with different criteria. Three ‘Feasibility’ grants worth $50,000 each will be awarded to enable organisations to conduct a feasibility study or pilot. Another pool of $400,000 will be available for up to five ‘Boost’ projects, to help expand the reach or impact of an enterprises existing product or service.

Applicants are encouraged to take an evidence-based approach that addresses the key areas of disadvantage: health, housing, financial hardship, social isolation/loneliness, and access. Solutions that target groups who have been identified as especially vulnerable, such as single older women, older Māori and Pacific people, and those older people with mental health issues are particularly sought. Products or services that serve the Auckland and Northland regions will also be prioritised.

For more information on the Respectful Ageing Innovation Challenge, visit https://selwyninnovationchallenge.org.nz

Entries close 30 November 2023.