WISE Cities, LLC is a female-run startup focused on designing accessible technology to address the issue of social isolation among the elderly. The company's first app allows seniors to form local groups and gives community centers and local businesses the opportunity to connect with this typically hard-to-reach audience. WISE Cities was selected for a pilot opportunity with the City of Fairfax through the Smart City Challenge, which provides them direct access to a community interested in their service. They have connected with almost 200 community centers, businesses, governments, and networks to refine their product and have received $20,000 in grants, credits and resources through the Dorm Room Fund, AWS Activate, Google Cloud and others. The product has been featured on MSN and Patch and has gained support from the National Village to Village Network, which helps people age in place.
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