Social Entrepreneur Series - STICKu, stick to you, stand with you [Transport]
Social Entrepreneur – Richard Leung (left) and Brian Lam (right)
Elderly people face the risk of severe injuries if they fall when they are alone. Prompted by a fall accident his sister experienced during a cancer battle, Richard Leung spent two years partnering with designer Brian Lam to develop STICKu the smart cane, wishing to remove the stigma associated with canes that they are only for the old and weak.
The smart cane is equipped with location positioning and several emergency support functions. For instance, an alert message will be sent to the caretaker once the emergency button near the end of the handle is pressed. An alarm will be turned on to draw the attention of passers-by when the smart cane is left unattended on the ground for over 15 seconds.
STICKu escort the unaccompanied elderly to minimise possible injuries.
Innovative Venture - STICKu
The innovative venture mentioned above is funded by the Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund and assisted and supported by the Fund’s intermediaries in project implementation. The details of the innovative venture are as follows:
Name of Organisation: BNET-Tech Company Limited
Service nature: Transport
Beneficiary group: Elderly
Project type: Start-up
Intermediary Programme: Impact Incubator
The upcoming transport story will introduce a social entrepreneur who roll to a beach with a specially designed beach-wheelchair, stay tuned!
What is Social Entrepreneur Series?
Stories of how other social entrepreneurs aspired to start their own business might facilitate your social innovation and entrepreneurship exploration.
A series of social entrepreneur stories will be featured and categorised into six sub-series: Education and Learning, Job Training and Opportunities, Community Participation, Healthcare, Food and Transport. What you are going to read are stories of social entrepreneurs taking forward the startup projects that help themselves and others.