Innovation in Ageing Challenge is open for ideas

South Australians with an innovative idea about how to make the most of life as we get older are being encouraged to enter the Innovation in Ageing Challenge. 

Minister for Ageing Zoe Bettison said people will be able to apply for a share in $100,000 of grants and $40,000 worth of mentoring to support their innovative ideas. 

“This is the first ageing-specific challenge in Australia and is being led by South Australia’s Office for the Ageing and The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI) as a way to get new ideas into the ageing sector,” Ms Bettison said. 

“We are looking for interesting and fresh ideas from entrepreneurial thinkers to address the global challenge of ageing. 

“One of the categories focuses on Baby Boomers, and provides a great area of opportunity for people interested in social innovation. 

“South Australia has a higher proportion of older people than other parts of Australia and we want to help ensure that people are leading more fulfilling and enjoyable lives. 

“By 2050, around 20 per cent of the Australian population will be over 65 years of age, and as a country we need new solutions to respond to this challenge and this initiative is a great start.” 

TACSI CEO Carolyn Curtis said the grants and mentoring will help South Australia’s social entrepreneurs and innovators within the ageing sector to pursue new ideas.

“The Innovation in Ageing Challenge is about bringing new ideas and approaches into the ageing space and providing opportunities for people, teams and organisations to explore new possibilities and improve outcomes for older people.”

The two categories in the Innovation in Ageing Challenge are: 

  1. How can we enable Boomers to connect, contribute to their communities and live the lives they want?
  2. How can we enable older people living alone to connect, contribute to their communities and live the lives they want?

Applications for the Innovation in Ageing Challenge close on 12 September 2014.