These remarkably inspiring startups are bringing disability solutions to market

The best disability tech accelerator in the world, Remarkable, has just launched its 2019 cohort, with seven new startups using technology to help people with disabilities.

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.

The Remarkable Accelerator is a 16 week program providing funding, weekly masterclasses, and access to a world-class mentor network for startups.

With my colleagues Adeline Chu and Jacob Muller as fellow Entrepreneurs-in-Residence we’re helping Remarkable accelerate the growth of each startup business, develop key skills and prepare for investment.

Working with Remarkable is very inspiring, and sometimes very moving. I need to remember to take tissues with me because the personal stories of the founders and the customers they’re helping make me angry at the status quo, sad for people held back from their potential by their disability, and moved to tears of joy when I see how big a difference technology can make in the life of people with disabilities.

And it’s not just all feel-good moments — every one of the startups in this program has a real shot at building a valuable high-growth global business.

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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 printed 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 it began 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 have been served.

Find out more about it at:

https://remarkable.org.au/

I’m Alan Jones, an EiR for startup accelerators, GP at M8 Ventures. Previously investor, founder, and early Yahoo PM. Opinions mine (but should also be yours).

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