sYDNEY, Australia – One of the largest under-served global markets you’ve possibly never thought of is disability, and leading disability tech accelerator, Remarkable, has just launched its fourth cohort with 7 startups creating technology for the benefit of people with disability.
From startups using AI to teach children with dyslexia to read, to others using virtual reality to take physically disabled people on virtual excursions, these startups are doing more than just creating tech to make life that little bit easier – they are creating technology to make life possible.
“We’re excited to welcome this latest cohort. There is great diversity in the startups and each of the founders have a deep desire to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities,” said Pete Horsley, founder of Remarkable.
“Applications came from Australia and across the globe – including Azerbaijan, Israel, Ghana, Brazil and Portugal, however we are really proud of the start-ups who were selected.”
The Cohort 4 Startups are:
- Bookbot empowering those with learning disabilities to become confident, independent learners through a reading assistant app.
- JobMatcher – using predictive artificial intelligence to match the most relevant positions for each job seeker, particularly tackling the low employment rates for people with disability.
- NomadVR – bringing highly stimulating virtual reality experiences to empower anyone without the means to go outside with the ability to do so much more.
- Our Care Journal is an app created with carers for carers, offering a way to organise everyday care needs, find services, communicate with others and arrange important information.
- PolySpine is a 3D manufactured customised trunk and head support system that enables people with physical disability to participate in various recreational and rehabilitation activities.
- sameview – a trusted online platform for easier, and better disability care coordination.
- Spokle – a speech therapy app in your pocket that provides practical, family-centred communication strategies to support children with communication disorders.
Since its inception in March 2016, Remarkable has worked with 20 startups to make a positive impact in the lives of people with disabilities. They have seen 82 full-time equivalent jobs created through the startups, and 2,517 customers with a disability served.
Remarkable empowers inclusive entrepreneurship and is Australia’s first impact accelerator focused on startups creating technology for people with a disability. The Remarkable Accelerator is a 16-week program that provides funding, weekly masterclasses and coaching, and access to a world-class mentor network for startups. The Remarkable Disability Tech Accelerator is a division of Cerebral Palsy Alliance, with funding from principal partner the icare Foundation and partners Telstra Foundation, Macquarie Group Foundation and Microsoft.
About Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides family-centred therapies, life skills programs, equipment and support for people and their families living with cerebral palsy, autism, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, MS and other neurological and physical disabilities. At Cerebral Palsy Alliance our priority is to help babies, children, teenagers and adults living with neurological and physical disabilities lead the most comfortable, independent and inclusive lives possible. Our therapy teams work with individuals and families to maximise their participation in the community. Cerebral Palsy Alliance operates from 112 sites throughout metropolitan, regional and rural NSW and the ACT.