This July, Australia’s first disability-focused impact accelerator, Remarkable, showcased its latest cohort of graduating start-ups at the Remarkable Demo Day. As part of the celebrations, Telstra announced the winner of the Telstra People’s Choice Award – a $5000 cash prize awarded to the Remarkable start-up pitch receiving the most votes from Telstra employees. This year, sameview, a start-up looking to better coordinate disability care, won the golden ticket.
sameview is a trusted online platform that streamlines care coordination, and gives families the confidence to build their own team, set their own goals, and walk their own path.
We chatted with Danny and Jess Hui to discover more about their motivation to create this platform, and to hear about their Remarkable experience.
Tell us about your startup. What’s the problem you’re solving for people with disability?
sameview is a trusted online platform that takes the stress and workload out of care coordination. We help families who care for a child with a disability to get everyone from their team (doctors, therapists, support workers, teachers, family, and friends) onto the same page, and working together to effectively achieve their goals.
What inspired you to start this?
Our youngest son Monty, was born with a complex disability, and coordinating our team of over 30 different professionals was something we struggled with. We met many other families struggling with this same issue and sameview was born from our desire to solve this issue. What we now also know, is just how important coordination and collaboration in disability support and intervention is to achieve each family’s goals.
What’s the biggest challenge you’re facing with building your start-up, and how do you think Remarkable can help you overcome this challenge?
The biggest challenge for us coming into Remarkable was fully articulating our value proposition, where we fit in the market, and how we can become sustainable. Since starting Remarkable, we’ve already made great progress towards solving these challenges.
What have been the highlights of your Remarkable experience so far?
We are so lucky to have been surrounded by a wealth of talented and generous individuals from all areas of business. These incredible people have given us the insight and confidence to tackle our weaknesses, and build the best sameview going forward.
Do you have any tips for startups who are trying to get on an accelerator program?
The Remarkable team’s hearts are in advancing the disability ecosystem, I think anyone looking to apply for Remarkable Accelerator Program should approach their application with openness and not being afraid to talk about their weaknesses. I would also suggest speaking to past participants to gain insight into the program.
What is your top tool, blog, book or podcast that you’d recommend others look at?
Obviously sameview’s weekly video diaries people can see on LinkedIn or Facebook. Apart from that one of our mentors recently recommended the podcast “How I Built This”, which has been so relevant to what we’re doing in Remarkable.
About the Telstra Foundation & Remarkable partnership
As Founding Funder of Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Remarkable accelerator the Telstra Foundation’s support has helped connect inclusive startups with the tools, skills and networks they need to succeed. The 16-week accelerator program has been tailored to early stage startups looking to build sustainable enterprises that have a big social impact.
Remarkable also hosts events like Enabled by Design-athon and Meet-Ups to engage the broader community, from university students to corporate employees in the inclusive design process. Importantly, people with a disability are front and centre of Remarkable.