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Wellbeing accelerator, Unboxd, has welcomed three social-impact start-ups and
scale-ups into its innovation lab.

New Horizons has selected a group of three startups for the second cohort of its Unboxd accelerator program.


Kicking off in April, the ten-week program will assist successful startups to rapidly prototype, model, test and validate their products and services.


The three start-ups joining Cohort 2 of Unboxd are: Claim Right, Secure Nest and SWAARM.


Claim Right supports people vulnerable groups through the complicated and often-stressful process of claiming insurance, accessing superannuation and applying for benefits.

Secure Nest is an online toolkit based on Schema Therapy that assists people looking to change negative life patterns in order to improve their mental and emotional wellbeing.


SWAARM is unleashing the potential of military veterans and other untapped groups to meet the growing demand for care by matching vulnerable people with paid and unpaid caregivers and
companions based on skills, experience, interests and location.


The startups will not only benefit from a customised acceleration program and up-front funding of $15,000 to $35,000; they’ll also leverage New Horizons vast sector expertise and its network of mentors, subject matter experts, employees and customers, as they seek to prototype, test and improve their products and services.

Over forty startups applied to join Cohort 2. A shortlist of eight were invited to pitch to the New Horizons Executive Leadership team.


According to Unboxd Lab Director, Anne-Marie Elias, the high quality of applicants made the job of selection tough.


“Across the board, the quality was extremely high. Being spoilt for choice was great, but selecting just three startups was by no means easy.”


Startups were assessed against seven principles which align to New Horizons vision, purpose and core values.


“Ultimately, we’re looking for scalable businesses with a shared interest in tackling social issues,” Elias added.


Launched in October 2018, Unboxd has already worked with three startups as part of the first cohort, with plans to announce details of a third cohort shortly.


“In May we’ll be inviting wellbeing startups to join a third round of the Unboxd acceleration program.”


Beyond that, CEO Judi Higgin said as long as there are problems to be solved, New Horizons would look for innovative ways to solve them.


“New Horizons kick-started the social enterprise movement back in the ‘60s in a world-first partnership with BP that provided employment for people with psycho-social disability.


Our founders paved the way for today’s social services. Fifty years on, Unboxd is paving the way for a new generation of social entrepreneurs to shape the services of tomorrow.”

Meet our new startups
at unboxd!


Come and meet our Cohort 2 startups and the unboxd team over light refreshments at our space in Glebe


When: Thursday 6 June 5:30 – 7:30pm


Where: 137-141 Bridge Rd, Glebe (entry via Talfourd St)

About unboxd

Unboxd brings together start-ups and social enterprises focused on enhancing the wellbeing of people who face disadvantage.

Unboxd is an incubation and acceleration lab for wellbeing and social-impact startups powered by New Horizons.

What makes Unboxd unique is its shared-value approach to problem-solving. We’re bringing together businesses, startups and organisations to unbox new ideas, ways of working and collaborations to solve the big problems worth solving.



About New Horizons

For more than 50 years New Horizons has supported tens of thousands of Australians to discover their potential and enhance their wellbeing.

As a registered NDIS provider, we offer specialist services through many fields of support: disability, mental health, aged care, homelessness, humanitarian, indigenous and youth.

Everything we do at New Horizons is founded in our core values:

Passion: We believe we can make a positive difference.
Integrity: We always do the right thing.
Respect: We value individual choice.

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