Remarkable announces 2022 cohort of disability tech startups!

Remarkable announces 2022 cohort of disability tech startups!
Posted on Mon 2 May 2022

8 startups, a global program, and a $13 trillion disability market!

From wearable rehabilitation robots to Australia's first audio tourism platform, Remarkable, which is a leading disability-focused accelerator program made possible by Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), has announced its 2022 cohort of eight innovative startups.

This Remarkable cohort is particularly exciting because it also marks the launch of its new partnership with Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) as a pilot for the first United States-based Remarkable Program in 2022.

“We are excited to be partnering with CPARF to launch the first US-based Remarkable program!The disability market is growing rapidly across the world and this partnership supports our vision of a world that harnesses the potential of technological innovation to remove barriers to participation for people with disabilities and truly amplify human potential,” said Pete Horsley, Founder of Remarkable.

“In only a matter of years we have gone from an in-person, Australia-based program, to a global online program, and now we are launching bespoke international programs to further meet market needs - the launch of Remarkable US marks an exciting chapter that will allow us to rapidly grow our impact.”

Remarkable US has appointed two US-based Co-Directors — Boston-based startup entrepreneur, Y Combinator Alumni, marketer, teacher and disability advocate Molly Levitt and Sam Lazarus, an experienced Silicon Valley executive.

“I am so excited to combine my passion for disability advocacy and social impact startups, to help support the next generation of disability tech start-ups in the US,” said Levitt, who is also former Founder and CEO of educational tech platform BrightLoop.

This year, Remarkable’s eight startups will be joining from several countries including Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom. The demand for their global presence is also representative of the $13 trillion Disability market and increased popularity of the Global Disabled and Elderly Assistive Tech Market, which is predicted to be worth $32 billion by 2026.

Remarkable 16-week accelerator equips early-stage start-ups with $75,000 of seed funding and the necessary knowledge, skills, and tools to become commercially viable businesses making a positive social impact. Since 2016, nearly 50 start-ups have come through the Remarkable accelerator and raised more than $35 million to power up the potential of people with disabilities around the world. Through masterclasses, sprints, and deep dives, startups hone their work with personal start-up coaches. It all culminates in pitches to more than 500 international investors, partners, and industry connections at Demo Day.

The Australian based startups support is made possible by CPA, icare NSW, Telstra Foundation and VivCourt, as well as support provided by CPARF, SmartJob and CPA for the US and international startups.

Remarkable also embraces the crucial disability-rights concept of “nothing about us without us” through its partnership with Open Inclusion, a global organization that provides user-testing experiences with people with disabilities to identify practical innovations that improve user experiences, runs accessibility audits of products and digital services, and hosts educational workshops to help educate start-ups about best practices.

Check out Remarkable’s 2022 cohort of startups:

  • Homeable - creates personalised and inclusive smart home solutions to increase independence in the home.
  • Nuroflux - the world's first wearable to non-invasively monitor brain activity and blood flow alongside other vital activity relevant to stroke and stroke rehabilitation.
  • WearWorks® - WearWorks® is a haptic platform company that builds products and experiences that communicate information through touch.
  • RecoveryVR - provides a fun and engaging, medication-free, virtual reality application that motivates more adherence to rehab activities in the home or clinic while also providing measurement data, adherence tracking and unlimited healthcare access using a custom-built telehealth portal.
  • Participant Assistive Products - is democratizing high-quality assistive products and putting them within reach of unserved people, starting with the 70 million people who need but do not have a wheelchair or the mobility, health, inclusion, and dignity that an appropriate wheelchair can provide.
  • Vacayit - Vacayit is Australia's first audio tourism platform, using storytelling to revolutionise travel for blind and low vision tourists.
  • Biomotum - Biomotum’s wearable rehabilitation robots empower mobility and discovery in children with Cerebral Palsy.
  • Accessercise - the first complete fitness app created specifically for people with impairments.

At the end of the program, you’re invited to celebrate these startups at Remarkable’s online Demo Day on the 20th of July, where the founders will showcase their growth, impact and hopes for the future of technology. Follow us on our socials to stay up to date with the details of this event!

About Remarkable:
Remarkable is the startup venture arm of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance with support from icare NSW, Telstra Foundation and VivCourt. Since 2016, nearly 50 start-ups have come through the Remarkable accelerator and raised more than $35 million to power up the potential of people with disabilities around the world. They offer a 16-week accelerator program for startups with scalable products or service that leads to greater social or economic inclusion of people with a disability by providing seed funding, mentoring, coaching, investor networks, expertise and guidance.  For more information, visit www.remarkable.org.au.

About Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA):
Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for mo rethan 6,000 people with cerebral palsy and similar conditions throughout NSW and the ACT. For more than 75 years, our priority has been to enable those living with cerebral palsy to lead the most comfortable, independent and inclusive lives possible. CPA is also the world’s largest private funder of research into prevention and treatment of cerebral palsy through the CPA Research Foundation and CPA Research Institute. For more information, visit https://cerebralpalsy.org.au/.

About Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF):
Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) approaches cerebral palsy from all angles. We find, fund, and support US-based research and technological innovations that will change what it’s like to live with CP. With broader support of the scientific process and an expanded focus on real-world implementation, CPARF will bring science to life to change what’s possible for people with cerebral palsy.

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