Tonsley based local start-up CareApp participates in a recent global discussion on Digital Health in Stockholm, Sweden.
As the digital landscape offers us an ever-shrinking world, the need for time-poor entrepreneurs to continue to invest their time in networking will enable start-ups to work locally and act globally. Making personal connections can benefit your business growth as networking often leads to conversations that offer a gateway to future possibilities.
Allison Nikula, Founder of the locally based CareApp, a smartphone care communication platform that supports Aged Care communities, is one – fantastic – example. Off the back of a recent invitation to attend an Italian Innovation Dinner in Adelaide, Allison, via introductions made by Andrew Cooper, Director of Future Industries and Advanced Manufacturing Division at the Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment, recently found herself at the Australian Ambassador to Sweden’s Residence in Stockholm.
The Dinner is one of a monthly series – Innovation in the City – which sponsors startups to attend and provides the opportunity to meet a diverse audience of investors, politicians, entrepreneurs and business leaders who’re passionate about innovation and focused on building collaborations, just like this one.
Meeting with H.E Mr. Jonathan Kenna (pictured above), the Australian Ambassador to Sweden for a reception on Australia-Sweden Digital Health was furthermore invited to the Australian Embassy to discuss comparisons and challenges that both countries face with regards to the expansion of digital health.
Innovation in the City’s Italian Innovation Dinner
“Australia and Sweden are experiencing similar challenges within health care, as both countries encounter an ageing population”
Australia and Sweden are experiencing similar challenges within health care as both countries encounter an aging population, increased demand for personalised care and rising expenditures. The two countries already have a long and successful history of collaboration and knowledge exchange across healthcare and this reception was an opportunity to explore how both countries can learn from each other.
In these recent discussions Allison had the opportunity to share her growth and development of CareApp, a start-up that went from her kitchen table to Sweden, via the Flinders University meeting rooms in less than eighteen months.
Reporting back from Stockholm, Allison says, “It was a great privilege to be able to speak with Ambassador Jonathan Kenna, his colleagues and esteemed Swedish and Australian Academics and other digital health innovators. The common theme throughout the discussion was how we can better support digital health innovation. They were most interested to hear how CareApp was a spinout of my kitchen, that then came to sit within a collaborative university environment, rather than the traditional university spinout you might expect.”
Professionals in Digital Healthcare from both countries agree that ageing well is a global problem that digital health technology can solve, such as providing a social model of healthcare, supporting communities and bridging the communication circle for carers to better support people in communities and homes.
The recent international conversations held in Stockholm have now led to new relationships being formed and continued international collaborations and meetings are already scheduled for Allison’s return in July.