Care Innovation Hub hosted the Challenge on 5th-7th July, a weekend hackathon for the social care sector where entrepreneurs from various professions came together to understand the biggest problems affecting the sector and work with market experts to explore solutions together. All participants and mentors came away from the weekend feeling “inspired and enthusiastic” to drive positive change within care.
Christine Asbury, CEO of WCS Care said: “What an inspiring weekend – inspirational teams, challenging ideas, and a group of founders determined to develop and draw out the skills and enthusiasm the sector has to draw on.”
The weekend kicked-off with Navin Mayani, CEO of Care Innovation Hub welcoming entrepreneurs and setting the tone for the weekend. “Each idea needs to act as an enabler for happiness in care. Does it increase the quality of life of vulnerable citizens who receive care services in the UK?” he said.
Entrepreneurs enjoyed getting to know CIH’s founding partners, supporters and mentors through a “speed-dating” session which was the perfect opportunity to learn more about each other and match entrepreneurs to their mentors.
As a supporter, apetito provided catering for the hackathon weekend, inviting entrepreneurs on a culinary journey to emphasise the importance of delivering a high quality service for the care sector.
Avnish Goyal, project manager of Hallmark Care Homes, provided business planning support to help entrepreneurs turn their ideas into a viable solution for the care sector. He said: “I was delighted to judge the hackathon. It is so exciting to see the talent that is coming into the care sector to provide solutions to making a profound difference to both residents and care teams alike and we at Hallmark Care Homes are proud to be part of this.”
The finalists will present to a panel of judges and a group of C-level executives at the Department of Health and Social Care, hosted by Caroline Dinenage, Minister for Health and Social Care, on 14th August.