Disability startups pitch to 150 investors at Remarkable’s fourth Demo Day

Disability startups pitch to 150 investors at Remarkable’s fourth Demo Day
Posted on Wed 24 Jul 2019

On Monday 22 July, Remarkable, Australia’s first disability focussed startup accelerator program, hosted its fourth Demo Day to showcase the six startups which have recently completed the 16-week accelerator program. The startup pitched to more than 150 investors at Fishburners Sydney.

Since March 2016, Remarkable has intensively supported 26 startups. Remarkable looks for early-stage startups who are focused on using technology to create life-changing solutions for people with disability - addressing core activities such as wellbeing, independence and inclusion.

The startups in the 2019 cohort are solving a wide range of problems experienced by people with a disability - everything from reading and speech development, to care coordination, employment pathways and social isolation. The startups include:

Bookbot - Empowering those with learning disabilities to become confident, independent learners through a reading assistant app.

Jobmatcher - Using artificial intelligence to recruit a more accessible and inclusive workforce, particularly tackling the low employment rates for neurodiverse job seekers.

NomadVR - Bringing highly stimulating virtual reality experiences to empower anyone without the means to go outside with the ability to do so.

PolySpine - A customised torso and head support system, that enables people with physical disability to live life to the fullest.

sameview - Solving the challenge of disability care coordination with their digital platform that reduces the stress and workload on families, while improving the effectiveness of care through better teamwork and collaboration.

Spokle - A speech therapy app in your pocket that provides practical, family-centred communication strategies to support children with communication disorders.

After 16 weeks of intensive coaching and assistance from Remarkable these startups pitched to more than 150 investors and partners to find investment and strategic partnerships. The Remarkable Accelerator has been a successful launchpad for previous cohorts who have gone on to secure a combined total of over $12.1m in funding in the past four years.

According to Startup Muster, the largest survey of Australian startups, 4.3 percent of startup businesses are now working in the disability space. The disability market in Australia is valued at more than $70bn, and around one in five people have a disability.

Pete Horsley, Founder of Remarkable says,

“Advances in tech design and manufacturing have radically cut the time and cost to bring new solutions to market. This creates a huge global opportunity for Australian entrepreneurs and technologists, as they seek to solve problems for people with a disability in new and innovative ways.”

As this accelerator program comes to a close, applications for the next accelerator program are now being accepted and startups have until the beginning of February to apply for the program which will commence in March 2020. 

Remarkable has already invested almost $700k in seed funding into startups and a further $250k will be invested in 2020.

 

Find out more about Remarkable or contact a Client Service Consultant for advice about Assistive Technology.

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