In March, we received the exciting news that Umps Health was accepted into the Remarkable Accelerator Program, Australia’s leading disability focussed start-up accelerator.
While our focus to date has been on older Australians, we were motivated to explore the application in the disability sector after a number of people with disabilities enquired about our technology.
One of those people was Fiona. Fiona has cared for her sister Caroline since an accident left her with an acquired brain injury. Caroline has poor balance and a limited short-term memory. In addition to being prone to falls, personal alarms and wearables are difficult to use as Caroline needs to remember to wear them. Because the existing solutions don’t work for them, Fiona calls Caroline several times a day to make sure she’s OK. Umps Health provides an alternative to these calls with round-the-clock, real-time insights that can empower Caroline to live safely and independently and reduce the burden on Fiona.
There are more than 4 million people in Australia living with disabilities. While the spectrum of needs is diverse, we know our technology has the potential to change the lives of a large number of people like Caroline.
What does Remarkable mean for Umps Health?
Remarkable will run in Sydney over the next 16 weeks, and provide us with access to seed funding, dedicated workspace in the Sydney Startup Hub, disability expertise from the Cerebral Palsy Alliance and an extensive mentor and partner network. Our goals for the program are:
- To refine our problem-solution fit.Wewant to understand what it’s like to live with a disability, and identify the cohorts of people with disabilities that could leverage our technology to live independently.
- To establish and test a go-to-market strategy. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers the potential for reimbursement of assistive technology that supports a person with disabilities to live independently. Through Remarkable, we want to establish a plan for reimbursement and secure a commercial pilot with an NDIS provider.
We’re excited about what the next 16 weeks holds for Umps Health, and will be sure to keep you ‘in the loop’! If you or someone you know has an interest in disability and technology and can support us with achieving these goals, we’d love to connect with you at firstname.lastname@example.org.