After two weeks of training at Casa do Impacto, 10 impact startups addressing the challenges of aging presented their solutions in a demoday that concluded another edition of the Santa Casa Challenge programme, this year with a new format and a strategic partnership with the Grupo Ageas Portugal and the Ageas Portugal Foundation. Scan4MyHealth, Dem.Well and Careceiver won the 8th edition of the initiative.

The Santa Casa Challenge (SCC) is a contest promoted by Casa do Impacto da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa (SCML) that in the last 8 editions, since 2016, has awarded innovative technological solutions that give rise to devices, applications, digital content, services web or communication, linked to an annual challenge, per edition, related to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations Organization.

The last edition of the initiative had the participation of ten impactful projects and a new format: wish included access to training, specialized mentoring, masterclasses with specialists from our community for innovative projects that are creating new technology-based solutions in the areas of aging and longevity, with the support and sharing of knowledge from program partners.

The jury comprised Inês Bastos, Director of the Social Innovation and Knowledge Transfer Unit at DEES/SCML; André Moreira, Head of Operations and Partnership Development Manager at 55+; Paula Guimarães, Coordinator of the IPAV Informal Caregivers project; João Machado, Chairman of the Ageas Foundation Board of Directors; and Bruno Vaz, Program Manager – Aging, Longevity & Silver Economy of Grupo Ageas Portugal had the difficult task of selecting the 3 winning projects.

About the winners:


Scan4MyHealth – The Scan4MyHealth platform provides an integrated solution for managing and monitoring patient/user vital signs. Through the integrated web platform solution, mobile app and medical devices with CE and FDA approval, it allows the entity to remotely receive data in real time, as well as allowing proactive monitoring of data, as well as medication intake alerts.


Dem.Well – It is a mobile app dedicated to informal caregivers, freelancers and institutions that provide care for older people and that helps teams to be more person-centred. Starting with an initial assessment, the institution or professionals have access to a personalized calendar of reflections and strategies on how to guarantee the response to the five psychosocial needs of the person living with dementia: inclusion, occupation, identity, bonding and comfort.


Careceiver – Solution that includes an app, a web platform, network, digital content, information management systems and tools and care gamification to provide informal caregivers with quality of life. They seek to train, educate caregivers and help them to better manage the care provided


In addition to the monetary prize (5,000€) for the first steps to develop the project, the three winners have now the opportunity to continue working with Casa do Impacto for two years, with access to non-financial support and monthly monitoring of the program team, passing through other programs and initiatives of Casa do Impacto, sharing space with other impact entrepreneurs and an Alpha Pack for the Web Summit 2023.


The three projects thus join the group of winning startups of the 8 editions of the Santa Casa Challenge, where challenges related to education, environment, health, infrastructure, culture and aging were launched, and several startups were supported, such as Spot Games, MyPolis, Equalfood, Nevaro, SurgeonMate, BlaBlaBlue, AirCO2, Hephaesnus, Beebio, Seedbloks, SmartAI, Genviot, MAG2Clean, among others.


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