Shaping an Inclusive Future at Remarkable

Our Progress in Diversity, Accessibility, and Innovation

Hello, I’m Emma Earley – the Head of Acceleration programs at Remarkable!

This year, on International Women’s Day (IWD), in order to stay accountable, we publicly committed to:

  1. Prioritising discussions to identify where we can take action to improve our processes and practises that foster a truly inclusive Disability Tech ecosystem; and
  2. Share updates on this work today – which marks one month after IWD.

In my first blog post for Remarkable, I’m proud to share some of the work we have done, and hopefully encourage you to make some small steps within your own organisation.

What led us here?

It’s important to recognise that the team has prioritised and made incredible progress in the areas of diversity, inclusion and accessibility since Remarkable launched in 2016.

Part of Remarkable’s ethos is acknowledging that we won’t always get it right, but are committed to continual learning, growth and progress.

In late February, at our team offsite, it wasn’t all team-building lunches and paint-and-sip activities. Though, they were definitely highlights! We identified our team’s desire to enhance knowledge and skills to ensure we are more accessible in all areas of our work. We have prioritised training and capability-building across the team.

Then, throughout our Launcher pre-accelerator program in February and March, which supported 38 startups across seven operating countries with a range of accessibility needs, we listened to feedback on how we can improve our accessibility and inclusive practice.

When IWD 2024 came around, we had a number of discussions internally on what content we might create for you, our Remarkable community. However, we found ourselves stuck on what would contribute meaningfully to conversations and tangible action.

These IWD-related conversations uncovered an opportunity for us to solidify and build upon this work, and share it publicly to encourage collective action across the tech and startup ecosystem.

How did we approach it?

We approached this with a few principles in mind:

1. Momentum – keep it going strong post-IWD, whilst being realistic about achievable timelines.

2. Embedded, not an afterthought – we want diversity, inclusion and accessibility to be embedded in all of our work, not something that sits on the side as a discrete project. This is to ensure it is core to our way of operating, and to realistically account for resourcing and workload.

3. Progress over perfection – Combine long-term strategic thinking with immediate and short-term, achievable steps towards a bigger goal, and have a bias for action.

4. Accountability – dedicated staff leading the project and people responsible for specific tasks and mini-projects. We will share our progress with our community.

What progress have we made in one month?

The week after IWD, we surveyed and met with our Remarkable team to discuss how to approach this work and what to prioritise.

Quick wins (one month post-IWD)

1. Create a new internal Slack channel for this work to ensure targeted Remarkable team communication. [Completed]

2. Engage a subject-matter expert to facilitate an ‘Introduction to accessible presentations’ for Launcher program. [Completed]

3. Review Accelerator application and judging process to foster diversity and minimise bias.

  • Review and update application questions. [Completed]
  • Build and test application form to optimise for readability and screen readers. [Completed, and can be improved further]
  • Update judging process to de-identify applications and minimise bias. [Work in progress]
  • Define minimum standards for diversity of judges. [Completed]


4. Review our approach to Remarkable programming to ensure accessibility and inclusion is embedded, starting with Accelerator 2024.

  • Update Accelerator commitments and operating principles. [Completed]
  • Come along to our Accelerator AMA sessions this week to find out more!


5. Narrow down team training priorities, service providers and budget [Work in progress]

  • One staff member has commenced a digital accessibility training course, but we acknowledge we need to do more work in the short-term on this.

Let’s create change together

It can sometimes feel overwhelming to look at blue-sky outcomes and realise how much work it will take to get there, so we’re focused on making constant progress, no matter how seemingly small. Let’s continue shifting beyond awareness and inspiration on the day of IWD to perpetual, collective action that moves the needle in the right direction.

Remarkable’s next commitments

We’ve checked a few things off our to-do list already, which is a great start, but there’s
more important work to be done!

Here’s what we commit to over the next five months:

1. Strategy: Define the focus areas for diversity, accessibility, equity and inclusion, our key metrics and how to navigate competing priorities.

2. Data analysis: Review our current representation across all programs and stages of the user journey, and identify any data gaps.

3. Internal processes: Review, update and publish our Inclusion and Accessibility Commitment on the Remarkable website.

4. Training: Tailored training for Remarkable team members.

Join us on the journey

We encourage you to join us in this work and to keep each other accountable!

1. Please share your thoughts and feedback on our commitments.

2. If you have some commitments for action, share them on LinkedIn and tag Remarkable so we can stay in touch and on track.

If you’d like to be connected with someone working in diversity, accessibility and inclusion in the Remarkable community, feel free to get in touch at hello@remarkable.org

Meet our JK Fellow Fiona Murphy

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Introducing Fiona Murphy

I’m an award-winning writer and editor based in the Blue Mountains, NSW. My writing about disability and accessibility has appeared in The Guardian, ABC, The Saturday Paper, Griffith Review, The Big Issue, among many other outlets. I’m a casual lecturer for RMIT University’s Professional Writing and Editing Program.

In 2021, my memoir about deafness (The Shape of Sound) was released in Australia, New Zealand, UK and North America. It has received praise from Helen Garner, Sarah Krasnostein and Bri Lee. It was highly commended in the 2022 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

What was your motivation to apply?

I want the world to be more accessible.

I hid my deafness for over twenty years. I was terrified to be excluded from interactions and rejected from jobs. Having a communication disability can be a stigmatising experience.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There is clear policy, guidance and recommendations for physical accessibility. Most cities and towns have endless examples of physical access — from ramps to rails, curb cuts to arm rests. But there is a lack of information about communication accessibility.

This is why I’ve created the Accessible Communications Collective. Having an accessible brand, content and sales strategy is essential to attract and retain customers. It creates a feeling of ease and inclusivity. It is also just good business. Accessible communication is good communication. It is clear and impactful.

What are you hoping to achieve?

Having access to community and accountability has given me tremendous confidence. Since starting the fellowship I have launched an email newsletter. It has quickly gained subscribers from across Australia and around the world. I have been genuinely blown away by how many people email me after each newsletter, either to say thanks or to continue the conversation. It is heartwarming how enthusiastic people are about learning about communication accessibility.

I have so much to discover about start-ups, but the fellowship is fast tracking my learning curve. It is a thrilling journey to be on.

What excites you about Disability Tech?

Digital accessibility.

What does the Remarkable community mean to you?

The enthusiasm and kindness is unparalleled. Everyone has been so generous with their expertise. It is like having dozens of cheerleaders on your side.

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2023 Remarkable Highlights

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Wow! 2023 has been filled with hardwork, achievements and ground-breaking milestones. As we near the end of this year we want to take this chance to reflect and celebrate our collective success, so buckle up for this fast-paced recap of this phenomenal journey!

Check out our list below of some of the top highlights:

1. Supported 12 startups through our Global Accelerator Program

Twelve ground-breaking Disability Tech startups completed our 2023 Remarkable Accelerator (#RA23) program! These global pioneers received seed funding and honed their skills, propelling their revolutionary technologies forward.

Experience their journey by watching the #RA23 Demo Day recording!

2.Ran Design-athon in partnership with Soda

Thrilled with our 2023 Design-athon’s success! We hosted 120 participants from 13 countries who used inclusive design to solve community-identified issues, supported by our partner Soda and experts like Elizabeth Chandler. We can’t wait to watch this year’s three Design-athon winners continue their journey in our 2024 Launcher!

3. Introduced Scaler to the world

We were excited to launch ‘Remarkable Scaler’, offering funding and support from Seed to Series A for Disability Tech Ventures. With the help of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, we now support disability tech startup founders on their next stage of growth. Join us, transform your product into a thriving business, and start your remarkable journey!

4. Produced Season Two of Remarkable Insights

Season Two of the Remarkable Insights Podcast doubled the inspiration with guests like Vint Cerf and Elizabeth Chandler joining host Viv Mullan. Each episode celebrates pioneers transforming disability-tech and shattering conventional boundaries. Tune in for a voyage through innovation, business, and social change!

5. Release of the world-first State of Disability Tech report

We were elated to contribute to the first-ever report on the Disability Innovation Ecosystem! In partnership with Village Capital and JP Morgan Chase, we assessed global disability innovation hubs. This pivotal work, part of the Moonshot Disability Accelerator Initiative with Smartjob and Enable Ventures, is paving the way for inclusive tech startups.

6. Hosted our 2023 Remarkable Tech Summit

We celebrated a transformative week at the 2023 Remarkable Tech Summit, thanks to CPA and CPARF. San Diego buzzed with panels, keynotes, and workshops, all ignited by the ‘Liminal’ theme, pushing Disability Tech boundaries to create a better world. From innovative design to market growth and inclusive environments, we’re proud of each moment that made this Summit unforgettable!

7. Released our Launcher Program Hype Reel

We had the best time working with some of our incredible alumni to create our first Remarkable Launcher hype reel!  

The Launcher pre-accelerator program supports early-stage startups that are improving the lives of people with disability. The 2024 program runs February to March 2024.

Applications are now open and close in just under four weeks on January 14, 2024.

8. Winners of Market Builder Award at the Australian Impact Investment Awards

Honoured to be named the Impact Market Builder of 2023 at the Impact Investment Awards! Immense thanks to our team and our incredible community of supporters. This accolade underlines our dedication to driving sector growth and fostering collaborative innovation. Congrats to all amazing nominees and winners who share this journey!

9. Welcomed three new team members

Our Remarkable team grew even brighter with the addition of three amazing new members: 

Cinthya Zurita,
Operations Manager

Kirilly Conroy
Digital Campaigns & Engagement Manager.

Zara Fulton,
Head of Investment

And there you have it, folks! A thrilling wrap-up of an unforgettable year here at Remarkable. We’re brimming with gratitude and joy as we stand at the end of 2023, looking back at the milestones we’ve achieved together.

On behalf of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, we send a special thanks to our partners icare NSW, Telstra, Vivcourt, TPG Telecom Foundation and The Ian Potter Foundation.

It’s also important that we thank the community of Remarkable supporters including our startup founders, mentors, coaches, facilitators, friends and the extended Remarkable family!

Your ongoing support for what we do has been critical for pushing us further towards our shared vision. So, here’s a massive thank you to our remarkable community— you are indeed the heart of all we do!

Until next time, keep being remarkable.

2024 Launcher Hype Reel

Super excited to announce the launch of our 2024 Remarkable Launcher Application campaign! 


[00:02 – 00:05] Pete Beckett, Founder of Indii
Launcher is a place for Founders who want to make an impact.

[00:09 – 00:14] Urwah Nawaz, Founder of Vertere
It is a place for anyone who has the wildest ideas that they want to bring into the disability space.

[00:17 – 00:22] Sophie Li, Co-Founder of Signhow
I didn’t expect that the Remarkable program would give me so much confidence going forward.

[00:25 – 00:38] Jeremy Nagel, Founder of Focus Bear
What I found with Launcher is that I learned a lot about customer interviewing. As someone with ASD I can find going out of my way to have conversations a little bit challenging but I was able to get support from my mentor in how to structure those conversations.

[00:40 – 00:55] Urwah Nawaz, Founder of Vertere
Our idea was very much just an idea around the time we joined Launcher. We were able to gain some insights from people with lived experience with disability. We were always able to reach out to the Remarkable team. They were always really resourceful and linked us to any useful connections.

[00:55 – 1:09] Sophie Li, Co-Founder of Signhow
It offers so much richness and resources. And it identifies the gaps to take action. It gave me full access. It was just beautiful! It was like taking a breath of fresh air.

[01:09 – 01:23] Pete Beckett, Founder of Indii
Being part of a community is key to succeeding in whatever part of life but even more amazing when you’re part of a community that has that same passion for bettering this world that we live in and having a genuine impact.

2023 Remarkable Tech Summit: Revolutionising Disability Tech

The 2023 Remarkable Tech Summit, which is made possible by Cerebral Palsy Alliance and Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation, is a 4-day event that took place from Oct 2 – 6 in San Diego. It includes insightful panels, keynote speakers, robust debates, networking opportunities, and group workshops. And it was all geared towards one aim – celebrating and expanding the burgeoning Disability Tech landscape.

The theme for the 2023 Remarkable Tech Summit was ‘Liminal – exploring the space between the world as it knows it and the world as it could be, in disability tech and innovation.’ Within this we explored the space between:

  1. Design and innovation – How to prioritise access alongside innovation.
  2. Need and Market – Changing the narrative from charity/compliance to opportunity/market growth.
  3. Human and Environment – Shifting the burden from disabled people to advocate, to be included in a rapidly changing innovation economy.


Now for the highlights…the question is where do we begin? The Summit was teeming with brilliant moments some of which are listed below!

1. Exploring Disability, Youth & Employment

Before the Summit kicked-off we joined our friends at ATscale, hosted by UNOPS for a 1-day ideation workshop. We joined an incredible group of individuals to explore how to leverage AI-enhanced assistive tech (AT) to dismantle barriers experienced by young adults with disabilities in low-and-middle income countries. Later in the week the insights of this conversation were shared with our Tech Summit guests in a panel conversation.

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2. Incredible speakers tackling the hard questions

What we love about the Summit is that we don’t shy away from asking ourselves hard, provoking questions about our sector and challenging ourselves to think bigger and bolder.

We had a huge range of guests join us to tackle various topics including the future of AI, equitable access to AT in low-middle-income countries, the constraints of funding models, the dangers of averages in inclusive design-thinking, risks of hustle culture and more. Below are some of our favourite quotes:

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“If you want to do something bold, really bold, you’re going to have to redesign everything. You’re going to have to rethink the way you work with labor unions, improve training, redesign the production line. Both the equipment and the process itself. Because it’s just too ambitious for you to get it done without rethinking everything about the way you do it.”

Fernando Botelho, Assistive Technology Programme Specialist at UNICEF 
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“We need to upend the hierarchy of compromise because what happens is that the people at the margins are told to be happy with the pittance of change that we provide and people at the margins, such as people with disabilities, have less room to compromise because they feel greater constraints. It is the people with the most power, attention and resources that are most able to compromise.”

Jutta Treviranus, Director of the Inclusive Design Research Centre.
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“We adopt this ever familiar hustle approach and that disabled people are really forced into. We exist in this world that isn’t made for us. So we create our own Suburbans, our own tools, our own systems and our own coping mechanisms so both brilliantly and ironically, those are often the sweet spot of where innovation is arising.”

Charli Skinner, Co-Founder of SODA 
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“We realized that there is a $146 billion impact in our economy because we are not employing people with disability today. We are not creating the opportunity for them, and we prefer to just give them a voucher and not offer any job.”

Moaz Hamid, founder and managing partner of mvmt ventures
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“Oftentimes, particularly in the entrepreneurship space, when we think about disability, we talk about it being the source of innovation, creativity, resiliency, which all that is true. But the challenge that I want to pose to you today is that that image oftentimes is too rosy. It’s too one-sided because disability also encompasses oftentimes medical appointments, unsupported family structures, accommodations that are not received…Failing to recognize the complexity of disability puts us at risk of not supporting people in the holistic experience that they need.”

Diego Mariscal, CEO and Chief Disabled Person of 2Gether-International
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“The future cannot be built upon the past. We’ve had a past that has not considered accessibility and inclusivity as part of what we’ve got the foundation of what we’re working with and trying to build off of in future innovations.”

Elizabeth Chandler, Founder of The Good Robot

3. Launch of world-first Disability Tech report 

Last year, Remarkable joined the Moonshot Disability Accelerator Initiative’s inaugural class, which is a groundbreaking alliance launched by SmartJob and Enable Ventures. We were excited to see the impact of this initiative taking shape with the public release of the world-first report looking at the Disability Innovation Ecosystem at our Tech Summit!

Developed in partnership with Village Capital, JPMorgan Chase & Co., this report analyses the global landscape for disability innovation hubs and organisations propelling the next wave of inclusive tech startups. We had Elizabeth Nguyen from Village Capital, and Gina Kline from Smart Job share some of the key insights of the report at the summit!

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“Overall, the moral case of inclusion and disability and accessibility is becoming the business case. It’s a market size that is just too big to avoid.” 

Elizabeth Nguyen, Village Capital

3. The inaugural Solly Rodan Award

We hosted a Startup Showcase with some of our amazing #RA23 startups including Hominid X,  Springrose,  Possibility Neurotechnologies, SpineX Inc. ,  XR Navigation and Aurie.

As part of this showcase our audience voted for their favourite pitch and we were thrilled to award the first-ever $20,000 Solly Rodan Award to Nicole Cuervo, Founder of Springrose!

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4. Blueprint for the future

Each day included group discussions designed to create nine guiding principles for our guests to feel empowered to move forward with clarity on how to best grow the Disability Tech space. Below are a few of our favourite principles that we established together:

  1. Innovation is not an end in and of itself. In order to make AT accessible we need to focus on innovation in distribution systems AS MUCH as specific new technology.
  2. Technology needs to be designed with the most diverse input from the outset and work to ensure continuous interoperability.
  3. Move from a marketplace that suggests products based on diagnosis to one where users choose products based on their specific needs, encouraging individualization and adaptability.
  4. The AT ecosystem should have standards, norms, and facilitators that drive scalability and sustainability to bring products and services to markets quickly, efficiently, and equitably.
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What are the next steps? 

Well, we will carry the brilliance, energy and insights from this year onwards so that we can reflect on what we’ve achieved as a community at our next Summit and will focus on these three key next steps:

  1. Investment – Off the back of the Disability Innovation Report we will be seeking investment into the Moonshot Initiative and the Disability Tech sector at large.
  2. Guiding principles – As a community we will collectively use our guiding principles to influence how we pave the future of the Disability Tech sector globally.
  3. Tap into the outliers – We will challenge ourselves to constantly check that we are using the learnings and knowledge of minorities, outliers and just as importantly our mistakes to create truly inclusive innovative solutions.

We’re excitedly seeking collaborators, champions, and partners to join us in this journey! Stay in touch by contacting us at hello@remarkable.org. Here’s to the wonders of the future!

#RA23 Startup Story | Possibility Neurotechnologies


Possibility Neurotechnologies creates brain-computer interface solutions.

Our product, Think2Switch, offers a unique, user-friendly way for those with physical limitations, particularly children, to control devices purely by thought. It’s portable, affordable, noninvasive, and bridges a significant gap in the assistive technology market, promising vast growth potential.

How have you engaged end-users in the development of Possibility Neurotechnologies?

We’ve employed a user-centered design approach, involving end-users throughout development.

Feedback sessions, usability testing, and pilot programs have been instrumental in refining Think2Switch. This ongoing dialogue ensures our technology meets the real-world needs of those we aim to empower.


Can you share some success stories or accomplishments that you’ve achieved since launching?

Prior to our official launch, Think2Switch has been home-tested, resulting in profound success stories. One user insightfully reminded us, “Never underestimate these kids…When we give them a way to show what they know—it’s a light at the end of the tunnel. The possibilities are endless.” Their words reaffirm our mission, and highlight the transformative impact of our product.

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What sets your startup apart from competitors?

Our Think2Switch is the missing link in the BCI landscape. Unlike other products, it translates complex BCI tech into a user-friendly, plug-and-play system that enables thought-controlled interaction with everyday devices. We’ve broken BCI confines, extending their benefits to homes, which truly sets us apart.


Being part of the Remarkable community signifies a shared commitment to improving lives through innovative tech. Their support accelerates our goal of making BCIs accessible for those with physical limitations. This alliance represents more than just funding—it’s about transforming futures together.



#RA23 Startup Story | Hominid X


At Hominid X, we build wearable tools that help people to reclaim the use of their hands.

There are an estimated 200 million people worldwide who can’t move their hands to pick up and hold objects, so tasks like eating, personal hygiene, or holding a phone become difficult or even impossible.

A better solution was needed, so we designed “Fiber”, a wearable grasping tool that competes with robotic solutions at an affordable price point.

How have you engaged end-users in the development of Hominid X?

Our design process is user-centric to ensure that our products solve the right problems.

Our expertise in manufacturing allows us to quickly try out new product ideas and get them into the hands of our testers.

We keep in touch with them and empower them to speak plainly about their product experience. These friends are critical to our design process – they are motivated problem solvers who often find ways to adapt and manage on their own.

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A hand wearing a Hominid X device holding a stylus pen to write on the screen of a tablet.
What have you achieved since launching? Can you share some customer success stories or an accomplishment that you’re proud of?

Our biggest wins were made by our users!

One was Felix, the world’s (almost) first double arm transplant recipient, who wanted to relearn how to ride a bike. He uses Fiber to help him hold his bike handles.

Another success was a youth stroke survivor, Megan, who uses our product to help her hold kitchenware. She told us that she loves using Fiber while she makes her cake and macaroons at her new bakery business, Mae’s Bakery in Louisiana

What sets your startup apart from competitors?

We approach assistive product design with a lifestyle mindset, not just a medical one.

Our users are people with hobbies and goals; they are not insurance claims.

We’ve demonstrated speed and accuracy with our design choices, and our team has a unique expertise in rapid manufacturing, grasp-aid technology, and user testing.

We’re updating the game by bringing modern wearable standards to the assistive tech space.

Where do you want your startup to be in 1 month, 1 year, 10 years? What do you need to get there?

In a year, we’ll have more products and a strong user base. As we grow, we’ll develop more ambitious solutions.

In 10 years, we’ll have therapy systems, aids, and clinical seminars, and be the global brand in wearable assistive tools.

The key elements of our approach will be moving fast, taking feedback, and doing amazing design work – all while focusing on giving delight to our users rather than a “better than nothing” solution. We’re excited!

What advice would you give to aspiring disability tech entrepreneurs?

Place a strong emphasis on your product and test it with users, always. Some might downplay the importance of the little details, but be careful. Form is function, so don’t feel bad obsessing a little.

A well-developed and user-centric product will speak for itself. So design like you have fierce competition, even if your design is totally new. Marketing is easier when you get the product right.

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#RA23 Startup Story | Aurie


Aurie is a medical device start-up that is developing a reusable no-touch intermittent catheter system for people living with neurogenic bladder or urinary retention.

Our products help to increase access to safer no-touch catheters and reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections, which are a leading cause of death for intermittent catheter users today.

How have you engaged end-users in the development of Aurie?

Yes! We have interviewed over 120 individual catheter users about how they use products today, and have held human factors studies to get feedback on prototypes from close to 60 catheter users.

We’re continuing to pursue user research as a means to get user feedback on our product and go-to-market strategy.

Can you share some success stories or accomplishments that you’ve achieved since launching?

We haven’t launched yet – the road to getting a medical device FDA approved is a long one.

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What sets your startup apart from competitors?

There are approximately 600,000 people in the United States living with neurogenic bladder and urinary retention, who will typically use 4 to 6 single-use intermittent catheters a day in order to urinate. Altogether, the catheter market in the US is approximately $2 billion.

We are the only company in the catheter market that is focused on developing safely reusable no-touch catheters. Our system allows us to provide safer, infection-reducing no-touch catheters at the current price of single-use standard catheters. This means more people can access this potentially life-saving technology.


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We plan to build prototypes for FDA testing and to start building relationships with VA hospitals where we will pilot the system with users. We will have received our FDA approval and will start product sales We will have a broad portfolio of durable medical equipment products that are designed in partnership with (not for) our users that help to meet unmet user needs and advance our users' health and independence. To get there, we need funding!

Some investors will tell you that your market is too small to matter. Don’t listen to them! The work that you’re doing is important.



It’s incredibly inspiring to be a part of a community where everyone is giving it their all to make a profound difference in the lives of their users – and where everyone is open about the struggles and successes that they face along the way!

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#RA23 Startup Story | Indii


Indii is on a mission to enable greater independence for people with disabilities.

We’re initially focusing on helping the more than 17 million people worldwide with Cerebral Palsy (CP) and others who have limited mobility and fine motor control.

We’ve developed an adaptive switch, called Sofii, built on the latest smart home standards, designed to open up the many benefits of using this technology to new users.

How have you engaged end-users in the development of indii?

Building solutions with and alongside our community is deeply embedded in the way we work. But it’s not always been that way.

The initial inspiration for the work we’re doing was seeing the needs of my youngest sister, Sophie. Sophie has CP and had formed the basis of much of the design work we did, but I hadn’t gone out to speak to other users.

Once we started talking to our users that’s when the project really began to take shape. It is out of these conversations that many of the most innovative features grew.

The Sofii adaptable switch, a dark blue technology device with 4 black buttons one which has a green light on.
The Sofii adaptable switch, connected to a device by an electronic cord.
What sets your startup apart from competitors?

We’re positioning ourselves in an interesting place.

What we’re developing is at the nexus of assistive and smart home technologies.

The user-centred design that we’re bringing to the smart home space deeply considers user-need, particularly for people with a variety of disabilities.

Our focus on delivering a high-quality, attractive product that is at-odds with existing assistive technology that can cost as much as 5x what we’re charging, and lacks that focus on aesthetic design.

We want our approach to accessibility to be replicated by our competitors; the prospect of us achieving a cross-over success in AT and smart home is getting people in both industries excited.

What advice would you give to aspiring disability tech entrepreneurs?

Get out there.
Share your idea.
Speak to people.

It’s too easy to hide away developing in isolation. This is problematic for a number of reasons.

Firstly, you’ll build the wrong thing. Getting feedback from people on what you’re doing is important.

And more importantly, you need people. Telling people what you’re working on will greatly improve your chances of taking your business to the next level.

What does it mean to you to be part of the Remarkable community?

Remarkable is an incredibly nurturing community. Being supported and challenged by the team and the wider community has enhanced our entrepreneurial journey immeasurably.



This time next year Sofii will be available via our website in Australia and the UK and through a network of NDIS and charity suppliers in both regions.

In ten years we have aspirations around providing products and services that enable people not only at home, but in public spaces, hotels and beyond.

The care space is full of innovative businesses vying for relevance and market share, and we believe our value will lie in enabling these companies to better create and manage their solutions by handling connectivity of these services with physical places and devices.

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#RA23 Startup Story | MemoRehab


MEMORehab is an online platform that provides allied health professionals (neuropsychologists, occupational therapists, psychologists, speech pathologists) with tools to deliver intervention programs to neurological patients online.

Our platform supports both patients and clinicians through the rehabilitation journey through a mix of telehealth to connect patients and clinicians (either in a group or individually as part of the intervention program) each week, patient management tools for clinicians to organise patients, data analytics for clinicians to review patient progress, computerized exercises for patients to practice skills they learn in the intervention, educational content so patients can learn about their condition and how to manage it, and inbuilt reminders to help patients attend to tasks.

How have you engaged end-users in the development of MEMORehab?

We began our journey by conducting a user experience study interviewing clinicians who had run intervention programs for patients suffering from memory related issues as a result of neurological injury.

From this study, we designed a platform for clinicians to deliver rehabilitation and continued conducting research with clinicians to further develop the platform and understand what tools they needed to run these sorts of interventions in a digital format.

Since then we have engaged both clinicians and patients in user studies and academic research to understand the impact and value of our product. We aim to continue working collaboratively with clinicians and patients to improve our platform.

Can you share some success stories or accomplishments that you’ve achieved since launching?

Since launching in February, we have onboarded multiple major hospitals and health districts across the country, in addition to conducting research with major universities and hospitals.

Since our launch, we have had multiple groups of patients use our platform successfully and really enjoy their experience. We are told that patients really engage with the program and really look forward to using MEMORehab each week and meeting with their group using our teleconferencing system, in addition to completing exercises and watching educational content.

Clinicians have told us they really enjoy the system and find it streamlined and easy to use.

What sets your startup apart from competitors?

We are the only service that offers solutions for both patients and clinicians.

Other systems either offer clinicians tools to deliver service online, or offer patients tools to improve their functioning. We offer both and provide clinicians with data about how their patients are engaging with the intervention process.

What advice would you give to aspiring disability tech entrepreneurs?

You will have some good days and some bad days…some times bad months.

Just do not forget why you started and remember to love what you are doing.

What does it mean to you to be part of the Remarkable community?

We are proud to be a part of the Remarkable community and be recognised as a company that is capable of making real change in this space. Being backed by Remarkable means they believe in our mission and that we can succeed.


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We want to onboard 5 new clients and finish our research portal. We want to have broken even and be receiving our first recurring revenue from current customers in addition to having all the features on the platform polished. We also aim to have additional interventions added to the platform. We would like to be a multinational company with multiple interventions that can be delivered in a flexible way, helping patients achieve their rehabilitation goals across the globe.
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