Last month, we kicked off our newest program – Launcher, a pre-accelerator for entrepreneurs and teams making a difference in the lives of people with disability. The 22 selected early-stage startups have been taking part in weekly masterclasses and 1-on-1 mentoring sessions and have made great strides in their customer and product development in just 5 weeks.
Hailing from Australia, North America, Africa, Asia and Europe, the teams have not only been learning from disability and startup founders and experts, but also testing their assumptions directly with customers and supporting one another with feedback and advice.
Launcher is made possible by the support of TPG Telecom Foundation and Cerebral Palsy Alliance, and the dedication of some of our amazing mentors, who time and again, give their time and expertise to support innovation in disability tech.
You’ll get to hear from and connect with these startups at Launcher’s upcoming Customer Showcase, at 6 pm AEDT on the 1st of December. Register to attend the virtual event and perhaps, you too can make a mark as one of their early customers or supporters.
Now without further ado, we are proud to present the inaugural Launcher cohort!
- accessilife – is an online marketplace and directory dedicated to helping you find everything you need for accessible living, in one place.
- Aleph Engineering – produces affordable rehabilitative devices for children using eco-friendly local materials found in Ghana.
- AtOne – targets anxiety and stress using immersive experiences in virtual reality and meditation to take people into a relaxed space faster and provides data reporting to measure and track mind fitness results.
- Bugal – is a SaaS ecosystem that guides micro service providers through the process of compliantly getting to market, with powerful operational tools for efficiency, specific educational information for development and access to a market for growth.
- dentUI – is developing an electric toothbrush designed specifically to help people with neurological conditions, such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease, who struggle to, or require help with, brushing their teeth. The solution will eradicate the manoeuvrability and control issues that people currently face whilst brushing their teeth.
- DollarSign – is a learning platform to improve financial literacy in the Deaf community.
- Focus Bear – is a habit and productivity app for neurodiverse individuals.
- FutureTech Association Australia – is inspiring the neurodivergent minds of the future through STEAM (science, tech, engineering. arts & math) learning and social opportunities.
- Indii – develops technology to enhance the day-to-day lives of people with disabilities, improving accessibility at home and at work.
- Lisnen – is an application to assist people with hearing loss to be aware of sounds calling for immediate attention.
- myDRIVESCHOOL® – is a simulation game to teach people how to drive online.
- Pluto – is a telehealth platform built for mental health professionals who work with children and young people.
- PM4L – is a SaaS product developed using universal design principles that helps every student to do well, closing the gap of opportunity for success at school for children with learning disabilities and extra learning needs.
- RooWalk – is empowering children with impaired mobility by developing an electrically powered walker.
- Seymour Accessibility – is improving online learning by creating software to identify and assess inaccessible content.
- SignHow – is a sign language learning tool that helps connect people regardless of their background and knowledge of sign languages.
- The Care Co – teaches kids aged 5-12 mental health skills in the classroom and beyond.
- The Disability Cooperative – connects and powers the disability economy by providing a global marketplace of products and services for people with disability.
- Thryv Mobility – is on a mission to create a flatter world.
- Twende – combines the force of VR and social network to create opportunities for children with autism and their families to alleviate the stress of the unknown.
- URATech – is an innovation centre for yoUR Assistive Technology needs. They provide customised solutions for end users and offer R&D services to partner organisations for hi-tech prototype and product development.
- vertere – is providing people with disabilities frictionless access to devices that afford autonomy over their sleep.
- Virtetic – is creating game-based virtual reality therapeutics for people living with limb loss.