Scotland’s brightest start-ups and entrepreneurs have just one week left to enter a new £100,000 fund, designed to support the development of technology that will help people to thrive in older age.

Entries for the first ever Centrica Active Ageing Challenge close on 5 February.

Successful applicants will be asked to pitch to a team of industry experts in March. As well as a share of the prize fund, winners could also gain access to valuable networking and mentorship opportunities that can help their businesses to grow.

Sam Salisbury, Director at Centrica Innovations, said: “We’re calling on Scotland’s thriving start-up community to enter this challenge.

“Retaining our independence as we get older is one of the biggest issues facing our society, and research we recently carried out told us that many over 60s believe smart tech could help them stay active and connected as they age.

“That’s why we launched our Active Ageing Challenge, and we’re hoping that more than 50 start-ups and entrepreneurs from across the region will apply.”

Centrica is committed to providing support to people and technology that can change the world, and over the next five years has committed to investing £100 million in start-ups, incubation and accelerator programmes.

For more information on the Active Ageing Challenge, or to apply, visit:  

Centrica Innovations was created to identify, incubate and accelerate new technologies and innovations for business and residential customers.

Over the past four years, Centrica Innovations has supported over 25 enterprises and committed £9m of investment to 14 start-ups. This includes supporting companies passionate about building a more energy efficient future.

Data science, smart grids and smart metering will enable Centrica to become closer to customers in an enhanced partner role.

Meet Sam Salisbury, Director of Centrica Innovations, as well founders of start-ups who have benefited from Centrica investment in the past: