1st October 2019
Start-up Plus is a Dutch blended educational programme, encouraging entrepreneurship for people over 50 who are retired, unemployed or employed with an idea to start their own business.
This will enable them in an active lifestyle, increasing employability and reducing risks of financial vulnerability and ageism.
Facing retirement, 10% dreams of starting their own business and 73% needs to keep working for financial reasons. Did you know that start-ups by seniors are more successful and sustainable? But most start-up courses target and are tailored to young entrepreneurs. By encouraging entrepreneurial activity we could give people the opportunity to live out an active lifestyle, increase employability and reduce risks of financial vulnerability and ageism.
Reason enough to launch an educational start-up programme with seniors; Start-up Plus. Piloting in the Netherlands and Poland, the programme was open for 100 participants. There was no registration fee. The target group was people over 50 with had an idea for a business, who were retired, or who were unemployed or who were employed but wanting a second career. Participants did not require any background knowledge, but were selected on the basis of their motivation.
As for the Netherlands, we offered a blended programme from 15 October to 12 December 2019 to about 60 participants. The programme combined face-to-face events with adaptive personalized online learning, and included support of peers, business coaches and top experts. Topics included:
- Customer insights
- Design thinking
- Testing assumptions
- Business models
- (Online) marketing
- Change management and mindset
At the end of the course participants pitched their business plan to a jury. The winning idea received 10.000 euro to boost the start of the company.
The programme was funded by the European consortium EIT Health, and organised by Leyden Academy on Vitality and Ageing, Aegon, Medical University Lodz, University of Naples Federico II and Institute Pedro Nunes.
As this pilot was very successful, we will most probably repeat it in 2020.
On 16 and 17 October 2023, the ILC Global Alliance held a meeting in Tokyo, Japan, co-chaired by Julie Byles and Margaret Gilles. The attendees included representatives from ILCs in Australia, Canada, Singapore, South Africa, the UK, and the USA as well as the Secretariat.
16 and 17 October 2023
In June / July this year, Prof. Jaco Hoffman, Prof. Vera Roos and Dr. Rayne Stroebel visited the International Longevity Centre (ILC) in Singapore as members of ILC South Africa. The visit aimed to share common themes around socio-gerontology and to learn from examples in Singapore to establish a community for successful ageing.
ILC South Africa is pleased to announce that Rayne Stroebel has joined its leadership team as an Executive Member. He serves alongside Professors Sebastiana Kalula and Jaco Hoffman, based at the University of Cape Town and North-West University, respectively, who are ILCSA’s Co-directors. Retired Professor Monica Ferreira remains Honorary President of ILCSA.