Welcome To The Connect & Thrive Pitch Competition!

March 9, 2022 ● 7-9pm ● Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum

AARP and Venture Miami (City of Miami) brings together a night of startup pitches focused on social connection. The winner will receive up to $20,000 and an opportunity to meet with Mayor Francis Suarez for a “Cafecito Talk.” The audience’s choice will receive $5,000. 

Schedule of Events

Welcoming Remarks 

Startup Pitches (Vivo, Carevocacy, Storybook)

Halftime – What the Heck Is That?! Gameshow

Startup Pitches (Chatables, RAZ Mobility, Mind & Melody)

Fireside Chat & Judge’s Deliberation 

Award Ceremony 

Meet The Six Finalists

Carevocacy aims to reduce social isolation and promote independence through tech education. They do this by matching older adults with tech tutors (Carevocates).

Chatables creates virtual characters to engage isolated older adults in conversation and interactive skits to reduce feelings of loneliness, exercise the social and emotional brain, and potentially slow the onset of mental decline.

Mind&Melody uses interactive music programs with educational and therapeutic benefits for individuals experiencing neurological impairments in order to improve quality of life.

RAZ Mobility offers mobile assistive technology and services to people with disabilities, including the RAZ Memory Cell Phone for seniors with cognitive decline.

Storybook app combines narrated bedtime stories, music and relaxation techniques like meditation and infant massage to help parents and grandparents spend high-quality time with their children before bedtime to improve emotional health and sleep.

Vivo provides small group personal training online that, unlike video or live-streamed classes, is a live and interactive two-way experience that addresses the loss of strength and independence in older adults.

Cast Your Vote!

Help us select the startup that will go home with a $5k people’s choice award!


1) Download the slido app or go to slido.com

2) Enter the event code: To Be Announced

3) Watch each pitch and rate the pitch from 1 stars (lowest) to five stars (highest) based on this question:

“How well did the pitch by [Startup’s Name] address social isolation and empower people to choose to live how they want as they age?”