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Students to show off ideas for better aging

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Students from Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) will get the chance to pitch their best ideas for using technology to enhance the aging process in front of venture capitalists and other entrepreneurs during an event slated to take place on July l. The competition is the result of a partnership among PHSC, the Innovation Collective of Brooksville and the AARP Innovation Labs.

The AARP Innovation Labs were developed by the American Association of Retired People (AARP) to identify early-stage startups, and to help them accelerate their core business, identify new opportunities, and ultimately connect with the age 50+ economy.

Located in the Jennings Building in downtown Brooksville, the Innovation Collective sponsors gatherings, discussion groups and special events for prospective entrepreneurs to develop business ideas and share professional experiences.

The Better Aging Through Technology competition will allow PHSC students, operators of established companies, early startup companies and others to present their ideas for ways technology can be used to improve quality of life for the elderly and for everyone who experiences the aging process. The Shark-Tank-style presentations will take place before a panel of other entrepreneurs and prospective investors.

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Pasco-Hernando State College is excited about the opportunity to join two of our community’s stellar stakeholders, Innovation Collective and AARP, in establishing a needed venue and local collaborations to further ensure a healthy eco-system to study the keys and challenges associated with aging,” PHSC President Timothy Beard, Ph.D., said in a written statement.

The winner of the competition will have the opportunity to participate in the AARP Innovation Labs’ Grand Pitch Finale.

Anyone wishing to submit a pitch application, or to register to attend the event should visit http://pitch.innovationcollective.co.

Applications will be accepted through June 10. The competition will take place virtually on July 1.

For more information email [email protected]


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