Jen Estherby (HealthTech Innovation Lead) and Dawn Carhart (HealthTech Innovation Manager) met with Navin Mayani, CEO of Care Innovation Hub a couple of months ago to understand more about what they do as a recently set up enterprise.
Navin mentioned he has been bringing together a number of companies from the Social Care sector along with entrepreneurs to become founding partners of the Care Innovation Hub some of whom include, Hallmark Care Homes, Home Instead Senior Care, WCS Care, Quality Compliance Systems, Legal partner Royds Withy King and Bran Investments.
With support from the Department for Health and Social Care, Navin was aiming to host a weekend challenge (think Hackathon but without the stereotype of that word) and didn’t currently have a venue to host the event, which is where we stepped in and offered to be the Venue Sponsor for the weekend at our Notting Hill Gate Eagle Lab.
On Friday all 13 ‘Teams’ of entrepreneurs arrived for the welcome event, with beer and pizza flowing and a chance to ‘Speed Date’ all of the mentors, all C-Level Execs from the founding partners as mentioned above and it was a chance to set the scene for the rest of the weekends activity on how the Social Care sector is in real need of innovation now but also how we need to think about the next generation of people requiring care.
On Saturday the day started off with the founder of Oomph Ben Allen discussing the power of mentorship and the need to continuously evolve your mentors as you and your business develops. Oomph aims to enhance the mental, physical and emotional wellbeing for adults in the care sector and since launching has needed to be agile and adapt to new business models and mentorship styles to succeed.
We then announced which mentor each of the teams had been paired with and began the Ideation session focusing on how to solve a number of current sector ‘challenges’ which was where the creativity really begun. Off the back of this session, two individuals who had never met decided to pair up and work on a business idea together and have since decided to co-found their new business. Collaboration at its finest!
A number of sessions were delivered to provide support on creating a business plan, a strong brand, taking an idea to MVP stage and then pitch practice where all of the teams made full use of our break out areas across the Eagle Lab. This then prepared each team for the final Pitch of the day to a judging panel and was an opportunity to demonstrate how in just 2 days you can go from a brainstorming session to a MVP business with a clear pathway to taking it to market.