For many people, the internet is the number one place to get information about everything they want to know. But not everyone can use it. People with cognitive disabilities, for example, are excluded from many offers and sources of information on the internet. Performing an internet search is not as intuitive as many people might think. Neither is making sense of search results. Hence, a significant number of people cannot benefit from a regular web search.
Or did you know that in Austria, about 950,000 people regularly assist their relatives with everyday activities? Their work covers about 80% of needed care support in Austria – voluntarily and without payment, facing various obstacles arising from their situation. Given that the number of people in need of care is expected to rise by more than 60% by 2050, the number of relatives caring for them will increase dramatically as well. At the same time, there are an infinite number of problems to be solved in the social sector. And digital start-ups do see themselves as providers of solutions. But a lot of them have commercial success as their primary goal.
We decided to get to the bottom of the above mentioned and many similar problems. To do that we founded Two Next. Two Next contributes to the creation of impactful and sustainable digital solutions for the pressing social issues of our time. As part of its focus on the issues of care and financial inclusion, it enters into adaptive forms of collaboration and involves relevant stakeholders to create solid groundwork for developing and implementing these solutions. All of Two Next’s activities are driven by a perpetual focus on users and their needs, and a wise combination of all the capabilities in the room. Within its processes, Two Next and its partners regularly enter new territory and go the extra mile in building skills and competences in innovation and digitalisation, as well as fostering new models and networks for collaboration across sectors.
Two Next is a trusted partner and guide for NPOs in their transformative innovation journey within its Inclusion Lab. it is a structured 6-weeks innovation programme, which until now includes 7 NPOs from 2 countries and 6 great solutions in a variety of topics: inclusion of people with mental disabilities, informal caregiving, psychiatric recovery and integration, addiction prevention, the inclusion of sex workers, support for parents.
The Clara app connects informal carers with professional carers and experts from others fields and enables direct and personal exchange between them. Like that relatives receive the support needed in managing everyday challenges. www.alles-clara.at
We believe that innovative technological solutions can help solve social problems. We want to contribute to building resilient societies where people have the knowledge, capacity and access to local and international networks to build prosperity and stability for themselves and their families. A combination of digital, social, and business expertise can lead to impactful solutions.