The Nordic Independent Living Challenge provides innovative solutions to how elderly and disabled people can live independently in their own home. It’s a four-stage competition, now entered in its second phase. In Finland, the Nordic Independent Living Challenge is organised by the Department of Social Services and Health Care Of the City of Helsinki together with City of Helsinki Executive Office and Forum Virium Helsinki.
 
On the 4-5 May, the Nordic Independent Living Challenge held a matchmaking event in Copenhagen, Denmark. For those 75 solutions chosen to enter this stage, it was a chance to network, get inspiration and tools to further develop their idea. Participants also got the opportunity to team up with other applicants from across the Nordic region. 
 
The Nordic Independent Living Challenge received 414 proposals from across the Nordics. The biggest number of proposals came from Finland, 137. 
 
Mentoring and piloting
 
After the Nordic Matchmaking Event, up to 25 proposals will be invited to the next stage of the competition. They will receive mentoring and support to develop the concepts further, including business plans and preparation for testing on real users.
 
Five finalists will be selected to test their solution in the Nordic capitals and receive financial support of 300.000 NOK to cover expenses.
 
Finally, one Nordic winner will receive the main prize of 1 million NOK (approx. 120.000 EUR). In addition, there will be a 200.000 NOK cross-Nordic collaboration award and a 100.000 NOK student award.
 
The Nordic capitals, Stockholm, Oslo, Reykjavik, Helsinki and Copenhagen, have launched the Nordic Independent Living Challenge together with Nordic Innovation to stimulate the development of new solutions that can make it possible for elderly and people with disabilities to live independently in their own home. Another aim of the competition is to make the everyday life easier and more efficient for care professionalswww.realchallenge.info
 
 
 
Further information:
 
Development Manager Kaisa Spilling  
tel. +358 40 744 8831                 
kaisa.spilling(at)forumvirium.fi