National Impact Challenge Finalists

Six Canadian startups have been chosen to compete in the 2021 AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge, it was announced today.

One of the most exciting startup competitions in Canada, the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge will recognize top startups in Canada’s technology and aging sector, and support entrepreneurship in this sector.

Finalists will be challenged to explain how their technology-based solution can positively impact older Canadians and/or caregivers.


AGE-WELL’s 2021 pitch competition will showcase top innovators in Canada’s technology and aging sector.

This year’s winner will receive $25,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes. A runner-up will also be eligible for a $10,000 cash prize. We would like to thank our key sponsors, the Ontario Brain Institute (OBI) and the Centre for Aging + Brain Health Innovation (CABHI), as well as Bereskin & Parr for its sponsorship and intellectual property services prize.

The finalists are:

  • Braze Mobility Inc.
  • Hyivy Health
  • ImaginAble Solutions
  • Neighborli
  • PROVA Innovations
  • StrongerU Senior Fitness

Read about the finalists here.

Finalists will each deliver a five-minute pitch followed by a Q&A with a panel of expert judges. The competition will air and winners will be announced on October 7, 2021 during AgeTech Innovation Week, a free virtual event for anyone with an interest in technology and aging.

To watch the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge, register here. You will also have access to exciting panels, workshops, networking opportunities and catalytic conversations as part of AgeTech Innovation Week, October 4-8, 2021, hosted by AGE-WELL.

AGE-WELL thanks all startups and entrepreneurs who submitted applications to the AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge, and congratulates the finalists. We received a record number of applications this year.

For the last six years, AGE-WELL has served as a catalyst for technological innovation that empowers older Canadians to live healthy, independent and engaged lives, while driving forward Canada’s AgeTech sector.

For more information or for media inquiries, contact: startups@agewell-nce.ca

About AGE-WELL:

AGE-WELL NCE Inc. is Canada’s Technology and Aging Network. The pan-Canadian network brings together researchers, older adults, caregivers, partner organizations and future leaders to accelerate the delivery of technology-based solutions that make a meaningful difference in the lives of Canadians. AGE-WELL researchers are producing technologies, services, policies and practices that improve quality of life for older adults and caregivers, and generate social and economic benefits for Canada. AGE-WELL is funded through the federal Networks of Centres of Excellence program.  https://agewell-nce.ca/

Innovate Care is excited to be collaborating with AGE-WELL and supporting their national pitch challenge. Attendees will have virtual front-row seats as entrepreneurs pitch their products, judges react and a winner is declared in the 2021 AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge. Stay tuned for details!

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Are you an entrepreneur or startup with a technology-based solution that can support the health and quality of life of older adults and/or caregivers?

The AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge will recognize top startups in Canada’s technology and aging sector, and support entrepreneurship in the sector.

Applicants from across the country will be challenged to explain how their solution can positively impact older Canadians and/or caregivers.

This year’s winner will receive $25,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes. A runner-up will also be eligible for a $10,000 cash prize. The Ontario Brain Institute is generously co-funding these cash awards as the key sponsor of this year’s competition and conference.

The deadline to submit an application is September 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time. (From these applications, five finalists will be selected.)

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