Our key note speaker: Stephen Johnston

Building a European Aging Innovation Ecosystem

Stephen Johnston is this year’s key note speaker at the AAL Forum and we are keen to give some anticipations on his presentation that will take place on 23 September.


Building an “ecosystem” for innovation in aging in Europe represents an unprecedented opportunity to simultaneously address four of its most pressing challenges: sluggish economic growth, lack of entrepreneurial success stories, rising and unmanageable healthcare costs and societal stresses as the continent adapts to being the world’s oldest. Stephen Johnston, co-founder of Aging2.0, will provide an overview of some of the new and most exciting startups from around the world that are improving the quality of life for older adults, lowering healthcare costs and generating new jobs and economic growth. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, but with a network of 15,000 innovators across 25 countries, 30 volunteer-run chapters and 100 corporate partners, Aging2.0 represents a new type of collaborative network that is international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational. Using case studies from recent projects such as the Stanford Student Design Challenge, Pitch for Pilots, 2-Pint-0 events, Local Pitch Sessions, a Global Startup Accelerator and a Consumer Panel, Stephen will identify pragmatic steps that countries and companies can take to stimulate innovative ideas and then support entrepreneurs as they build and scale their companies.



Stephen is co-founder of Aging2.0 a global innovation platform for aging and senior care, and of the Innovation Leaders Fund, a global equity fund focused on innovation. Stephen is co-author of Growth Champions (Wiley, 2012), a book about sustainable corporate growth. Stephen serves on the board of Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), and Music and Memory, 501c3 nonprofits focused on improving the quality of life for older people. He has an MA in Economics from Cambridge University and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Fulbright Scholar. He lives in San Francisco, CA.


More info and contact:

info@aging2.com  and www.aging2.com

On Twitter @Aging20


For more info about the Forum programme click here

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