Innovator's Den Call for Participation

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Schlegel Villages/RIA Innovation Summit 2018:

Innovator’s Den Call for Participation


On June 13 & 14 2018, Schlegel Villages and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA), are excited to be hosting their fourth annual Innovation Summit. Part of that event will be our third Innovator’s Den. We would like to extend an invitation to start-ups developing innovative products and services for an older adult population to apply to be a participant in this year’s Innovator’s Den.

Event details:

The Innovation Summit is a two-day internal event co-hosted by Schlegel Villages ( and the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging ( Attendees are primarily Schlegel Village team members, residents and family members, RIA researchers and staff as well as representatives from the Ontario Long Term Care Association, Ontario Retirement Communities Association and Health Quality Ontario. The Innovation Summit is an opportunity for Schlegel Villages’ team members, residents and family members to:

  • Share ideas and learnings about quality improvement initiatives happening in their villages
  • Help with the spread of innovation and ideas for change
  • Learn about and provide input on research happening through the RIA

It is also an opportunity for RIA researchers to:

  • Share knowledge relevant to residents, families and team members that they have gained through their research projects
  • Get input on future research questions or interventions
  • Get support for current research projects

Innovator’s Den details:

The Innovator’s Den is our own Schlegel version of the Dragon's Den where start-ups have an opportunity to “pitch” their innovative solutions or products to over 200 people who work and live in long-term care and retirement living. Start-ups will also have an opportunity to get feedback on their solutions or products.

Companies will have 5 minutes to pitch their solution or product after which 3 panelists have an opportunity to ask questions. All Summit attendees vote for their favourite solution or product.

The benefits of participating include exposure to a large number of direct care and leadership team members of Schlegel Villages as well as external representatives from the long-term care and retirement industry. There may also be an opportunity to work with Schlegel Villages to further develop your innovation.


If you are interested in applying to participate in the Innovator’s Den at the 2018 Schlegel Villages/RIA Innovation Summit please complete the attached form and submit it to Lora Bruyn Martin at before 5pm on Friday, April 6th, 2018.

Application Form