Richmond Aging2.0’s April 7 Global Startup Search at Genworth Financial's Building 4, organized by the Business for Life work group, has officially selected an exciting group of innovative local startups to pitch and an expert judging panel to determine a winner. Selected startups include products and services varying from transportation, music and arts, home improvement and much more.
The startups are also in varying stages of development, and some have already been making waves locally and beyond. Handzicap was recently featured on NBC 12, and Livewire testified before the U.S. Senate.
The judging panel comprises three local experts in the field of aging services:
- Tammie Smith - Journalist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, covering business and health topics
- Mark Constantine - President and CEO of Richmond Memorial Health Foundation
- Dr. James Cotter - Professor in the Department of Gerontology and for the School of Allied Health Professions in the PhD in Health-Related Sciences Program
In the news: "Contest dangles trip to startup mecca," Richmond Bizsense
"Entrepreneurs to pitch ideas at Aging 2.0 event," Richmond Free Press
About the Business for Life work group
The Business for Life work group, part of the implementation of the Greater Richmond Regional Plan for Age Wave Readiness, is chaired by Beth Ludden, Senior Vice President of LTC Product Development for Genworth Financial. The group brings together a network of businesses, professionals focused on aging challenges & services, VCU professors and students, and local providers focused on future services and products that appeal to a growing market of consumers. By considering key factors of physical environment, access to services, customer appeal, workforce, marketing and engagement, the Business for Life work group provides a platform to foster sound business practices and enhance profitability. As with all work group initiatives, these goals promote active aging, as well as engagement, livability, stability and wellness for all generations in the Richmond region.
For more information about the Greater Richmond Age Wave and/or to engage in our local movement email firstname.lastname@example.org