The augmentation of human life expectancy, combined with an increasingly ageing population in our societies, has become one of the major challenges facing us in today's world. Although there is still a north-south disparity, it has become a global phenomenon and since 2009, the number and proportion of elderly people has been growing faster than ever in both developed and developing countries. This gives rise to very significant economic, social and educational challenges, concerning every single one of us.
However, it is also a source of barely-yet-explored opportunities.
I am happy to announce that we at Impact Hub found two strong partners in AXA and Swiss Re Foundation. Together, we have launched an international Impact Hub Fellowship to address these very challenges and opportunities: Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives.
Impact Hub Fellowship is a topic focused entrepreneurial idea award and one-year incubation program designed to attract, select and support early stage, impact orientated entrepreneurs and help them to realise their innovations for a more sustainable world. Furthermore, through the Fellowship awareness and visibility will be created for pressing social and environmental issues – in this case the increase in human life expectancy and demographic ageing – and eco-systems around them will be mobilized.
The program concept was developed at Impact Hub, which makes up a global network of people, places, and programs that inspire, connect and catalyse impact. Part innovation lab, part business incubator, and part community centre, Impact Hubs offers entrepreneurs a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration, and collaboration opportunities to grow their impact.
In my opinion, what makes this programme so attractive is the fact that even though Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives has an international reach – one Fellowship each will be implemented in Italy (launch November 11, 2013), the UK, Mexico and Spain over the course of one year – each Fellowship will be adapted to the local context in which it will be implemented. I am excited to learn more about the local realities of the issues at hand in the coming months, and to follow the paths of the entrepreneurs and their ideas to address those issues.
For up to date information on this Fellowship, have a look at the website and follow it on Facebook (/HubFellowship) and Twitter (@HUBFellowship).
Also, keep an eye out for posts here on Open Minds during the coming months from Fellowship finalists and winners about how they are meeting the challenges and opportunities of longevity.
Category: Funding longer lives: Longevity risk
Location: Italy, United Kingdom, Mexico, Spain