If the above describes your team, we are looking for you! Innovate Now will select 12 outstanding startup teams to join our second cohort.
Assistive Products can be defined as Products that maintain or improve an individual’s functioning and independence, thereby promoting their well-being. These include wheelchairs, hearing aids and communications aids, among others.
Assistive Technologies on the other hand refers to an umbrella term covering the systems and services related to the delivery of assistive products and services.
Innovate Now is Africa’s 1st Assistive Technology Innovation Accelerator and Inclusive Innovation Ecosystem. It comprises a series of 3-6 month-long accelerator programs that support Assistive Technology venture across: design, product development, disability expertise and business expert. We focus on helping startups overcome the Valley of Death: Prove product-market fit and demonstrate the demand and ultimately attract investors in order to deliver better outcomes for AT users.
The Innovate Now assistive technology accelerator is supported by a series makerthons (ideation, design and prototyping hackathons), live-labs (network persons with disabilities that support problem validation, testing and customer validation) and the inclusive innovation ecosystem (network of funders, business and AT mentors, AT2030 disability inclusion programs and partners).
Innovate Now is part of the Spark Innovation Sub-program of AT2030-Life Changing Assistive Technology for All, a £20 million led by the Global Disability Innovation Hub in partnership with partners worldwide across the UK, Africa and India. Innovate Now aims at helping to launch 60-80 new AT ventures through targeted world-class venture acceleration support, live-labs network for building and testing with persons with disabilities and a mentor network of local and international business, AT and disability experts.
Our Inaugural cohort is already supporting 5 Kenyan-based startups innovating around new products and services including new electric wheelchair models for low income, rural and city use in Africa, eye testing and glasses fitting using youth as a distribution platform and advanced mobile eye testing kits, obstacle detection and navigation for the blind and new-design toilet commode of the old or mobility impaired in household, rural and or slum settings.