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A neon sign saying ‘level up’ is shown. Level up is written in yellow neon lights
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Over the last 12 months, we’ve all undergone a rapid upskilling in digital tools for workshopping (you all know why, so I won’t even mention the ‘C’ word). One of the stand-out tools for me has been Miro. For those that don’t know, Miro is a cracking digital whiteboard tool that is fantastic for collaboration in small and large teams alike, and it’s as close as you can get to recreating the experience of working in a room with post its, whiteboards and marker pens.

So, how have I been using it? Well, the main usage for me has been…


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A tunnel made out of books is shown.
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The Assistive Tech Impact Fund is the world’s first investment vehicle dedicated to scaling assistive technology innovation and provision in emerging markets.

Given our role as a driving force in this emergent sector, we know that demonstrating our impact will be crucial to building upon early momentum within the AT ecosystem. That’s why alongside investment and venture building, a core activity within our Fund is to conduct robust research, evidencing and insights creation. …


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An open door shows the way out of a dark room into a light corridoor.
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As anyone who has ever set up an investment Fund knows, launching hides months of hard work in the background, requiring a village of people with varied skillsets and backgrounds to bring it to life. As a specialist fund in assistive technology, we have a core team of experts who know all things assistive technology. However, we are also specialists in impact investment and fund management- skills that haven’t overlapped much with AT. So, as we’ve built our Fund, we’ve also been rapidly upskilling and sharing our knowledge of AT with colleagues who are new to the sector.

We also…


This post was co-authored with Bethany Kanten, Catalyst Fund

The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that there are over a billion people in the world right now who need Assistive Technology(AT). 90% of them currently live without it. This estimate is predicted to rise to 2 billion by 2050 [1], with no evidence that access is increasing. Poor availability of AT is most significant in low and middle income countries (LMICs), where 80% of the world’s disabled people live [2].

A big problem to solve also means a big opportunity. When we look at the market value of different AT…


What is Assistive Tech, who is it for, and what does it enable?

When we use the term Assistive Technology (AT), we usually think about products like wheelchairs and walking sticks, hearing aids and eye-glasses, prosthetics and digital or mobile devices. However, the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests a broad definition of assistive technology which emphasises services (diagnostics, fitting, ‘on-demand’ assistance), systems (infrastructure, processes), and products (eyeglasses, hearing aids, mobility aids).

Right now, the WHO estimates that over a billion people around the world need Assistive Technology (AT). This estimate is predicted to rise to 2 billion by 2050 [1]. 90% of these people don’t have access to assistive technology, and there are…

Rhys Williams

I work between entrepreneurship, product development and assistive technology. I write content about all three and occasionally throw in self-reflections.

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