An Age-Well National Innovation Hub

Circle

We support the creation of innovative new digital technologies and high-quality jobs in British Columbia that improve the lives of older people.

 
 
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Our Mission

We support the creation of innovative new digital technologies and high-quality jobs in British Columbia that improve the lives of older people. We want to help current and future aging generations live well with independence, dignity, and good health.

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Our Work

Circle is bringing together older adults with industry, academia, governments, and not-for-profits to best address the needs of seniors. We are an innovation powerhouse empowering British Columbia’s tech industry to create digital health solutions for an aging population.

We translate knowledge into new technologies and business opportunities; create partnerships to deliver real-world solutions, and develop talent to meet the needs of BC’s digital health businesses.

 

$3.5m

raised for innovation + Talent

Secured $3.5 million in federal funding through Western Economic Diversification Canada to create an Innovation Sandbox.

 

$500k

for a national innovation hub

Launched as Canada’s third National Innovation Hub with cash and in-kind support to 2020 from the AGE-WELL National Centre of Excellence.

 
 

200+

researchers across canada

A national network of over 250 industry, government and not-for-profit partners, as well as 200 researchers at 38 universities and research centers across Canada.

 
 

Our Services

Circle connects industry, older consumers, and health care providers to help develop technology solutions that improve the lives of older people.

We help digital technology companies scale-up and commercialize new technologies, products, and services for healthy aging. Our services help small and medium-sized technology companies understand their customer base and reduce development risk.

 

training and talent development

Training and development that addresses the urgent need for highly-qualified talent in BC’s health technology sector. Circle emphasizes the skills needed for a successful career, connecting trainees with multi-disciplinary research, industry, and community partners.

community engagement

Events, programming, volunteering, and other opportunities that bring together stakeholders working to improve the lives of aging people. Our partners range from the United Way of the Lower Mainland to small start-ups and local seniors’ homes, as well as events and contests that promote inter-generational volunteerism and understanding.

Circle Innovation Sandbox

Programming and physical space that connect digital technology companies with older adult consumers and the highly-skilled talent needed to scale-up. Through Circle, industry can access a network of health technology and “silver economy” specialists across Canada, the US, and Europe.

user research and testing

Connect industry with older patients and consumers to understand users' needs, values, abilities, and limitations. Circle helps develop patient and expert advisory boards to help bring new technologies to market. 

 
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January 2019

Not only will the Digital Health Circle create jobs and support Canada’s prosperity, it will also help improve the quality of lives for all Canadians.

Randeep Sarai, MP for Surrey Centre / Read Full Article

 

 
 

Get Involved

The number of adults in BC over 60 will grow to 23% by 2030. A “silver economy” of digital health services for older adults is expected to grow globally by 71% to $391 billion in just six years.

Be a part of developing new technology solutions to improve the lives of older adults. Circle is always looking for technology companies, older adults, and community groups to partner with.

 

for technology companies

Scale-up your business and reduce risks in product development by joining our Innovation Sandbox. Meet new talent, researchers, and older adults.

for older adults

Help technology companies create good jobs and new products and services for older adults. Be an adviser, tester, or volunteer.

for the community

Community groups and individuals interested in partnering, volunteering, and helping older adults live well and in good health.