Introducing Kath Hamilton, Founder of Loop+

Loop+ is an activity tracker for wheelchair users that remotely monitors the risk and care of injury. Sensors in the wheelchair continuously track seated position, pressure, temperature and general activity with personalised alerts that fit into the user’s everyday life.
Kath Hamilton
Kath Hamilton, Founder of Loop+

What inspired you to start this?

Loop+ is the result of two passionate sisters. Clare’s son Evander, was born with a neuroblastoma tumour that left him paralysed. Nothing was available on the market that helps Clare to track his functional recovery. So we built one!

What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing with building your startup and how do you think Remarkable can help you overcome this challenge?

We are new to the health space and need guidance on all matter of regulatory governance and pricing matters from government to health systems.

What parts of the accelerator are you most looking forward to? Are there any parts of the program that you’re nervous about?

We’re looking forward to being part of a broader team of people going through the same journey; sharing our lessons and expertise. Already, everyone in Remarkable has been so generous with their recommendations and connections.

Do you have any tips for startups who are trying to get on an accelerator program?

Passion and commitment to solve a big problem.

What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend others look at?

You need a lot of resilience and perseverance to found a company. I love listening to founder’s journeys in two podcasts – How I Built This and From Scratch.

How are you feeling at this stage of the program?

Every day at Remarkable brings new opportunities. We just mention an area of need and in a few days we have support. So grateful. Also give Margaret a cape because she has super powers!

Getting To Know Mentor, Liza MacLean

Liza MacLean is a Project Manager for icare and also mentor to loop+. Liza is passionate about the power of assistive technology for people with a disability to promote independence, participation and inclusion. We asked Liza to tell us more about her and how she’s involved with Remarkable.

Liza MacLean
Liza MacLean

Tell us a bit about your background

I have a background in occupational therapy with 20 years’ experience working in the health and disability sectors (government and not-for-profit) in Australia and the UK. I’ve worked in pediatrics, aged care, rehabilitation, injury management and with a special interest in equipment and assistive technology.

What are your core areas of expertise, particularly when it comes to mentoring for Remarkable?

My areas of expertise are disability and assistive technology, including knowledge of the sector, stakeholder relationships and disability and insurance scheme funding requirements.

What inspired you become a mentor for Remarkable?

After being involved in the selection of startups for the accelerator program I was impressed with the knowledge and passion of the startups, the mentors and the Remarkable team and keen to get involved to help them achieve their vision to improve the lives of people with a disability through technology.

Are there any parts of the accelerator program that you’re looking forward to?

I’m just looking forward to all the opportunities to meet with the startups and other mentors, there are some amazing people involved and I can’t wait to see how far everyone will get to by the end of the program (and beyond).

What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend others look at?

I’m a fan of getting inspiration through TED talks on my daily commute.

Some of my favourite books/movies about people with a disability are Wonder, the Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the Fundamentals of Caring, and the Intouchables.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given in your work life that you would like to pass on to the startups?

Always remind yourself of your purpose and don’t forget who you’re here for. Listen to the needs of your customers, and make sure you get their input and feedback at all stages of design and development.

Also ‘done is better than perfect’ may help to save some sanity during the accelerator!