The Innovation Challenges are designed to showcase startups at the forefront of AgeTech, with solutions that empower people to choose how they live as they age. The Challenges have included digital learning for older adults, fraud and personal security, and entertainment, among others. See below for a complete list of Challenges and descriptions.
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Finalist and Winner Benefits
AARP Innovation Labs and MassChallenge are committed to showcasing top technologies that empower people as they age. We are tackling unique challenges in aging and asking innovative and disruptive startups to solve them.
Startups are encouraged to apply to the Challenge most relevant to their solution.
Startups selected to showcase their solution may be offered a spot in an upcoming AARP Innovation Labs’ accelerator cohort, where they can expect hands-on mentorship by a team with years of experience building and creating solutions for the 50+ audience.Note: Final Candidates subject to approval.
We accept applications from technologies that empower people as they age. Startups should meet the following criteria:
Health & Wellness Challenge | November 9, 2021
As populations age, they are increasingly turning to digital solutions to manage aging-related health needs, general wellness, and chronic disease. There are opportunities to be had in spaces that reimagine medication adherence, transform the way people access medical products, or disrupt areas that were formerly seen as taboo like menopause and sexual health.
Application Deadline: October 18, 2021
Challenge Event Date: November 9, 2021
Safe and Effective Aging in Place Challenge | February, 2021
We're embarking on a global search for solutions that help people age in place more effectively and safely.
Female-Founders Social Connection Challenge | January, 2021
Women founders with solutions that support long term relationship development and building, this may be of interest to you! From pen pals to romantic relationships, do you have a disruptive solution that will help develop better relationships?
Entertainment Challenge | November, 2020
Do you have an innovative entertainment solution that curates the fun in life for older adults? We are highly encouraging our 50+ entrepreneurs and founders to apply to this challenge.
Gaming Innovation Challenge | October, 2020
Whether you poured coins away at local arcades, stayed up late trying to beat a level, or simply scored big with the perfect word between meetings, there's a gamer in all of us! We are looking for immersive and fun video games that are engaging and accessible, regardless of one's age and stage in life. Games can be developed for mobile devices, console systems, and/or PC.
Digital Learning Challenge | September, 2020
Our desire to learn never stops. We're looking for creative and disruptive solutions that transform the digital learning industry, particularly for people as they age. Whether it be keeping current skills fresh or adding new tools to one’s repertoire. We want solutions that allow us to zoom through learning a new language, turn back the tick tock-ing clock as we learn new dance moves, or become a master class chef overnight.
Fraud and Personal Security Challenge | September, 2020
Have a solution that protects people’s information online? We are looking for disruptive personal security and fraud solutions that keep people from losing personal digital information.