AARP’s Innovation@50+ LivePitch event is a two day pitch competition for emerging startups in the caregiving heath technology and financial technology sectors. The event includes keynotes, featured speakers and panels of various thought leaders from around the globe with focus on innovation for the 50+ market. In both afternoons, ten finalist companies in each category present their business focus on stage in three-minute pitches to a panel of judges that includes venture capitalists and angel investors.
Representing 38 million members, the power of AARP takes this pitch event up a notch. Only AARP’s Innovation@50+ LivePitch creates a dual-pitch event that also provides an audience of 500+ actual intended end user consumers who listen to the pitches and share feedback in real time, providing the companies absolutely invaluable market data on the spot.
“We are very proud of what Innovations@50+ has become in just 6 short years,” said Jody Holtzman, senior vice president, Enterprise Strategy & Innovation, AARP. “And we have now proven the format works. Of the first 50 finalists, 27 have raised over $175 million in venture investment, and another four companies exited through acquisition.”
Previous AARP Innovation@50+ LivePitch events have been held in Boston, Las Vegas, New Orleans, Miami, and Sunnyvale, CA.
The 2017 event, which was held April 12 and 13 2017 returned to the heart of Silicon Valley, held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA. The 2017 event included keynotes from Jo Ann Jenkins, CEO AARP, and Jean Chatzky, Financial Editor of NBC’s TODAY Show. MSNBC’s Richard Lui and Alexandra Drane also talked candidly about the role of the caregiver, its challenges, but also its opportunities. And AARP released the industry’s first research on the unmet financial needs of customers 50+. The Financial Innovation Frontiers (FIF) report is available in full at www.aarp.org/fif2017