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Final Conference of ENGAGED - Living Labs and Impact Investing to Fuel AHA Innovations

3 Jun 2015 - 09:30

The Final Conference of the ENGAGED Thematic Network for Active & Healthy Ageing (AHA) will be held on June 3, 2015 in Eindhoven. This conference is part of ‘Think Dementia’, the final event of the Interreg IV-B project INNOVATE Dementia. The ENGAGED and the Interreg IV-B project e-Ucare have jointly organised the track “Market Implementation” within this international event, in cooperation with Brabant, region of Smart Health.

Market Implementation and Impact Investing

Through this track, ENGAGED will follow up the jointly organised CORAL sessions on impact investing presented at the European Summit on Innovation for AHA in Brussels last March.  One of the important outcomes of the Summit was the need to focus more on the market uptake of proven AHA solutions. We still lack stakeholders from the investment sector to move towards this second stage of market uptake. In order to attract investors, we need to highlight the impact and scalability of solutions. Living Labs throughout Europe can play an important role, since entrepreneurs want to test their innovations in different European contexts. This allows them to demonstrate more clearly the potential impact and scalability to investors and procurers.


We have to stop merely stating that we must involve the investment sector. Instead, we must move into action mode.

Bringing the networks of ENGAGED, e-Ucare and Innovate Dementia together at the ‘Think Dementia’ conference, offers a unique opportunity to develop and experiment with an Impact Programme for Excellent Smart Health Innovations across Europe.  As such this is a concrete follow up to the ENGAGED project, aiming to continue the work on the roadmaps developed for creating impact. This first Impact session is organized together with various Living Labs, entrepreneurs and investment experts. Based on this experience the concept could be further developed during other European events.


There will be a specific focus on innovations for people living at home with dementia. On 3 June you will be introduced to several Living Labs. Entrepreneurs from Brabant and other European regions will pitch on their proven AHA innovations on dementia. A panel of experts from Living Labs and other stakeholder perspectives will provide feedback on the innovations presented. Consequently, all participants and the expert panel together will vote and choose the Excellent Smart Health Innovation. The winner will be offered professional advice and consultancy to bring the innovation closer to the market. In short, on 3 June we offer you a conference with an impact!

We hope to engage with you at our final conference on the 3rd of June! Please register through the Think Dementia website. Participation is free of charge. *

Kind regards,

The ENGAGED Consortium

* A Networking Dinner is part of the programme. However, you need to register separately for this event. After registering for the conference through the Think Dementia-website, you will automatically receive further information regarding the dinner.

09.30 hrs Registration 10.00 hrs Plenary Opening Session Think Dementia, click here for details Track ‘Market Implementation’ 11.25 hrs Introduction by chair Meike de Jong, news anchor RTL News 11.30 hrs Presentation on the CORAL roadmap Impact Investment by Shabs Rajasekharan, Smarter Futures EESV 11.40 hrs Series of video presentations of Living Labs in Europe, focusing on market implementation of innovations, followed by Q&A with entrepreneurs of Smart Health innovations 12.00 hrs Innovations for Dementia, round 1: 3 Pecha Kuchas by entrepreneurs, followed by spontaneous feedback of the expert panel 12.30 hrs Lunch break 13.15 hrs Innovations for Dementia, round 2: 4 Pecha Kuchas by entrepreneurs, followed by spontaneous feedback of the expert panel 14.00 hrs Discovery corners: visit the entrepreneurs and get a deeper insight of the innovations presented 14.35 hrs Plenary voting and announcement of the winner of the title ‘Excellent Innovation’ 15.00 hrs Future chances for collaboration of European networks connected to E-Ucare Interreg IVB project and the CIP project ENGAGED Thematic Network for Active & Healthy Ageing with regard to market implementation  Introduction by Marcel de Pender, lead partner Health Cluster Europe: ‘Barriers and opportunities for businesses in the field of health. What can Europe do?’  Introduction by Marielle Swinkels, content manager of ENGAGED: ‘Which joint priority actions for market implementation emerge from the ENGAGED roadmaps?’  Panel discussion, moderated by Meike de Jong 15.50 hrs Track Closure 16.00 hrs Plenary wrap-up ‘Think Dementia’ and MoU signing ceremony 16.45 hrs Drinks, followed by Networking Event Cooperative Slimmer Leven 2020 (Dutch spoken, click here for programme) or Farewell Dinner ENGAGED en e-Ucare project consortia (details to follow) 20.15 hrs Farewell party and cultural experience (details to follow) – until 23.00 hrs