US boost for dementia app developer MindMate
A Glasgow-based start-up whose apps are designed to help people affected by dementia live more independent lives has been selected to join a renowned tech accelerator programme in New York.
MindMate was one of only 15 early-stage companies selected for the Techstars project out of 1,500 applicants.
Its four co-founders will receive mentoring from leading tech entrepreneurs over three months.
Founded in March 2015, MindMate now has more than 20,000 monthly active users.
It is partnered with every dementia society in the UK.
MindMate said that being located in the US would give it access to the largest dementia market in the world.
The company, which was founded by Susanne Mitschke, Patrick Renner, Rogelio Arellano and Gabriela Matic, has developed three apps that are designed support people and their family and carers through all stages of dementia.
They include interactive games to stimulate a user's cognitive abilities, as well as chat and video features to help family members and carers keep in touch with dementia sufferers.
According to Techstars, more than 90% of firms accepted onto its accelerator programme go on to receive more than $2m in follow-on funding.
MindMate Chief executive Susanne Mitschke said: "Our latest technology is tackling the inherent loneliness of dementia sufferers who are often isolated or remote from family members.
"As a team, we are super-excited to be joining the Techstars team in New York - not only for the programme itself but for the opportunity it gives us to further develop our products, build our networks and make connections in the largest healthcare market in the world."
Techstars managing director Alex Iskold said: "Dementia is the number three cause of death in US. It is cruel affliction and takes a massive toll on the victims and their families.
"MindMate is a team full of compassion and empathy, working to make dementia more manageable for patients, families and care centres."