What is the purpose of the platform?
The AgeTech UK Analytics IT-Platform aims to serve as the most comprehensive interactive database of Companies, Investors, R&D Hubs, Funding Bodies and Influencers in the UK AgeTech Ecosystem made to date, profiling and visualizing connections between 1200+ entities applying advanced technology to the challenge and opportunity of the UK’s ageing population, released free-of-charge in an open-source manner for the benefit of all UK citizens and stakeholders, in order to maximize its potential humanitarian benefit in terms of optimizing and harmonizing the rapid development and translation of AgeTech tools and solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing age-related challenges and opportunities with maximum social impact and inclusivity.
What makes it different from other databases?
Firstly, its scope. The platform aggregates, categorizes and visualizes data across the entire UK AgeTech ecosystem, including 500 companies, 600 investors, 100 funding governmental and non-governmental funding bodies, 70 R&D Hubs and 100 influencers, scientists and technologists.
The database also employs a more precise and comprehensive framework of industry segmentation that other existing public resources, classifying its 500 constituent companies into 17 distinct industry subsectors including TeleCare, TeleHealth, Tech-enabled Care, Tech-enabled Home Care, Financial Independence, Sensory Aids, NeuroTech, SleepTech, Social and Communication Technologies, Mobility Tech, Delivery Tech, Smart Homes, Living Communities, Wellness & Fitness, Fall Prevention & Detection, Biomedicine and COVID-19.
The scope of what it considers to be within the scope of “AgeTech” is also somewhat broader than other resources and databases, including all major traditional industry segments, but also including companies applying advanced technologies to other industry segments often not included into typical AgeTech databases, including BioMedicine and COVID-19, for example.
Secondly, its scale. The platform includes 500 companies and 600 investors (larger than any other AgeTech-specific public database released to date), and features a wide diversity of entities, profiling and visualizing not just entities active within private industry, but also Governmental and Non-Governmental Funding Bodies, R&D Centres, and Influencers.
Thirdly, its use of the sophisticated IT-solutions and Interactive MindMap and Data Visualization capabilities that Deep Knowledge Group has developed over the past several years in order to position itself as the leader of quantitative and multidimensional Deeptech and Frontier Technology analytics, enabling users of the platform to gain a deeper understanding of the full Uk AgeTech landscape a more efficient manner.
Why have you focused on the UK?
In short, because the UK has a unique constellation of challenges of national strategic importance that existing market-ready AgeTech tools and solutions can be applied to in a very rapid manner. The ultimate aim of the platform is to serve as an actionable tool to allow UK strategic decision makers, government departments and representatives, and both governmental and non-governmental funding bodies to acquire a more realistic and actionable understanding of the true breadth and depth of the UK AgeTech ecosystem, and to serve as an efficient tool to optimize strategic decision making, funding allocation, technology translation and industry development, maximizing social impact and leveraging the massive volume of existing AgeTech tools and solutions at the UK’s disposal to alleviate many pressing challenges and concerns of national importance including the economic burden of its ageing population, protection and treatment of COVID-19 in the elderly, social isolation, loneliness and mental health, increased economic participation among those aged 60+, and reforms to care homes and social care among the nation’s elderly.
What are your future plans for the platform?
The platform will be released free-of-charge in August 2020 in an open-source manner for the benefit of all UK citizens, in order to maximize its potential humanitarian benefit, and its capacity to help strategic decision makers in optimizing and harmonizing the rapid development and practical implementation of AgeTech tools and solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing age-related challenges and opportunities with maximum social impact and inclusivity.
The database is in a continuous state of development, and following its public launch in August 2020 its developers intend to on an ongoing basis its breadth and depth, the scale and scope of its scientific and technological sectors, the number of specific regions it covers, and the overall quantity of entities that it profiles and visualizes. In the longer term the platform is intended to serve as a distributed knowledge system, crowdsourcing additional data from relevant experts. While Aging Analytics Agency and its collaborators have already aggregated data from multiple reputable public sources and qualified experts within its existing network, we remain open to contributions from experts and specialists interested in expanding the scope and reach of the platform.
Aging Analytics Agency, Ageing Research at King’s and the Biogerontology Research Foundation will also be further developing the platform into an extended second-phase analytical dashboard featuring enhanced features including company and technology-focused market-readiness and social impact rankings, entity smart-matching and extensive filter and search functions, allowing responsible decision makers to use the platform to derive action-based answers and insights to key questions at the heart of national strategic decision making to maximize the inclusive social impact of the nation’s AgeTech industry and ecosystem for all UK citizens.
How can I suggest an addition or modification to the platform?
In the longer term the platform is intended to serve as a distributed knowledge system, crowdsourcing additional data from relevant experts. While Aging Analytics Agency and its strategic partners have already aggregated data from multiple reputable public sources and qualified experts within its existing network, we remain open to contributions from experts and specialists interested in expanding the scope and reach of the platform. Interested individuals can submit new entries for review by using the following form: