The Care Innovation Hub (CIH), a platform designed to encourage entrepreneurship in the care sector, has halted all operations in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.
The organisation said the pause in operations and expenditure is likely to last “at least six months” and, in order to protect funds available, Navin Mayani (pictured centre) is stepping down as CEO.
Mayani commented: “Care Innovation Hub’s mission is to enable and develop new entrepreneurs, start-ups and leaders who will create positive change in the care sector. Once the country returns to business as usual we plan to start up operations again.
“At that time the sector will need innovative ideas more than ever and we hope to be at the forefront of this alongside yourselves. Myself and the Board are extremely grateful for your ongoing enthusiasm and support. I look forward to staying in touch with my peers in the sector and continuing to work alongside all those who work tirelessly to support vulnerable people receiving care services in the UK.”
CIH was set up in 2018 by co-founders Alex Ramamurthy, founder and CEO of Mirthy and former CEO of the Care Workers’ Charity; Ash Goyal, project manager of Hallmark Care Homes; Ben Allen, founder and CEO of Oomph Wellness; and Ben Wilkins, founder of Good Boost.
The purpose of the hub is to support and develop entrepreneurs, start-ups and leaders to create positive change in the care sector.
Last year, the hub partnered with major brands, including Home Instead Senior Care, and held its first Care Innovation Challenge, a competition for entrepreneurs to come up with solutions to some of the sector’s biggest issues.
Caption (L-R): Ash Goyal; Ben Allen; Navin Mayani; Ben Wilkins and Alex Ramamurthy.