Author, curator, and journalist Lucy Johnston writes a touching account of her grandmother’s experience with dementia and how Virtue’s innovation can be life changing for people with the condition.
Following Virtue’s recent win of the UnLtd Transform Ageing Challenge, Choice Magazine covers the programme and Virtue’s innovative Virtual Reality app that can be used to deliver the benefits of Reminiscence Therapy and improve the lives of people with dementia.
Virtue is proud to be chosen by UnLtd as one the UK’s leading social innovators for the Transform Ageing programme, which aims to revolutionise the approach to health, wellbeing and social care for people in later life. It is run by UnLtd, the foundation for social entrepreneurs, Design Council, Centre for Ageing Better and the South West Academic Health Science Network.
Virtue has been nomination for the Aspirin Social Innovation Award by the Bayer Foundations. The awards honor the most powerful social changemakers in the world – people with new answers for the challenges of society in areas connected to health and nutrition.
Cofounder and CEO of Virtue, Arfa Rehman, has been shortlisted for a Women of the Future Award. Founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL and supported by Aviva, the awards recognise remarkable female talent in the UK. “Women are underrepresented in so many of the fields covered by this award,” said Arfa. “It’s important to recognise women in these categories not just to celebrate their achievements, but also to help challenge and change the conventional ideas and images of what leadership looks like.’
Virtue has been shortlisted for Alzheimer’s Society’s Innovation of the Year award for its pioneering Virtual Reality platform for dementia. The awards recognise, celebrate and promote the inspirational achievements of those making a real difference.
Virtue was the winning startup entry from the University of Oxford to the UK-wide Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards, which is the country’s largest student and graduate business competition.
Business Because writes a feature on Virtue’s recent Skoll Venture Award win and how the team’s personal experiences and drive to harness technology for good is at the heart of the venture.
TechWorld features Virtue as one of the UK’s best VR/AR startups alongside the likes of Improbable, Blippar, and Ultrahaptics for its VR innovation that helps make therapies for dementia more accessible and affordable.
Oxford Said Business School’s Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship honored Virtue with a Skoll Venture Award and grant to support its pioneering work with VR and dementia. The Skoll Venture Awards provide funding to current Oxford Saïd students and alumni who have developed a social impact-focused venture.
Virtue has been selected to showcase and pitch at Berlin’s CUBE Tech Fair in the Life Sciences + Digital Health stream. The event brings together top B2B technologies and corporates who are determined to shape the future of industry 4.0, and speakers/judges include Apple’s Steve Wozniak and Robin Wright.
Thomas Kolster interviews Virtue co-founders Arfa Rehman and Scott Gorman at D&AD Festival in London where the team showcased its Virtual Reality platform for dementia. Hear more about what inspired the creation of Virtue, which Goodvertising dubs a ‘groundbreaking social impact company.’
Virtue showcased its Virtual Reality platform for dementia at D&AD Festival held in London. The theme of the day was ‘The Earth Will Shake: Responding to the big issues our world faces’ and it brought together the world’s foremost business leaders and thinkers to address how creativity can change the world.
Virtue has been selected as one of the 6 next-generation AR/VR companies for Digital Catapult and Seedcamp’s inaugural Augmentor programme. Augmentor aims to support early stage immersive start-ups to foster innovation, encourage more cohesion in the UK’s ecosystem and showcase some of the exceptional talent working with this frontier technology.
Virtue won the nationwide App Factor competition for its Virtual Reality therapeutic platform for dementia. The contest was co-judged by App development company iOasys and London-based innovation thought-leader, The Bakery, who spent 3 months researching 100 of the best app ideas in the UK.