The Care Innovation Hub has announced plans for a start-up sprint taking place in Barclays Eagle Labs in Cambridge from Friday 29 November to Sunday 1 December.
The long weekend event, called University Challenge, is aimed at students across the UK interested in learning more about social care and creating great ideas to address the biggest issues in the sector.
As part of a recruitment drive to encourage more graduates to join social care, the University Challenge will facilitate workshops delivered by some of the most influential names in the sector.
CIH’s Founding Partners and Supporters are C-level executives that will mentor participants throughout the weekend.
CIH Founding Partners and supporters currently include Hallmark Care Homes, Home Instead Senior Care, Quality Compliance Systems, WCS Care, Walden Care and Royds Withy King, Apetito, Barclays Eagle Labs and the Department of Health and Social Care.
Martin Jones, CEO of Home Instead Senior Care, stated: “It’s incredibly exciting to support the University Challenge and to bring people together from a variety of academic backgrounds to come up with innovations which could shape the future of social care.
“Not only is it fantastic to encourage new ideas into the sector but it’s also a great way of showcasing to students the rewards of working in care.
“If you’re a student looking to make a difference to the lives of others, I’d encourage you to take part in the challenge.”
Navin Mayani, CEO of Care Innovation Hub said: “Having students from diverse academic backgrounds encourages an atmosphere of collaboration, creativity and learning.
“Even if they don’t make it to the final, we are still interested in supporting students to explore career opportunities in social care.”
Ram Goyal, managing director of Hallmark Care Homes, added: “I am incredibly excited to be supporting this event and I cannot wait to see what ideas the students come up with.
“The care sector is facing a lot of challenges at the moment and there is an increasing need to come up with innovative ideas and technology to support the needs of residents.”
Mat Whittingham, CEO of Quality Compliance Systems commented: “After thoroughly enjoying the hugely successful and impactful Care Innovation Challenge, I can’t wait to see what innovations await us for us at the University challenge.”
Jon Hope, Director of Barclays Eagle Labs, said: “Our nationwide network of Eagle Labs helps connect start-ups with industry experts, ideas and funding, whilst equipping individuals and businesses with the skills they need to harness new and emerging technology.
“That is why we are delighted to be hosting Care Innovation Hub once again at one of our Eagle Lab spaces in Cambridge, and look forward to the innovative solutions that the students develop for the social care industry.”