Monthly Archives: May 2013

Jeff Makowka, Senior Strategic Advisor, AARP announced as Judge for LINKTank


As Senior Strategic Advisor in AARP’s Thought Leadership group, he supports The Innovation@50+ initiative which aims to spark entrepreneurial activity across public and private sectors. Anchored by the AARP social mission – to enhance the quality of life for all as we age – the initiative enlists the expertise of visionary thinkers, entrepreneurs, the investment community, industry and not-for-profits to spur innovation to meet the needs and wants of people over 50.


LINKTank Details…Deadline Approaching


LTC LINKTank Technology Innovation Competition Introduces Your Emerging Product into the Senior Living Market

Contest will give winner the startup capital and expertise to accelerate their innovation to market.

Jump into the LINKTank

The LTC LINKTank is the only post acute innovation competition where the country’s brightest entrepreneurs present their emerging technologies for long-term care providers. Focused on solving market challenges for long term care and senior living providers, this high-energy, cutting-edge competition is fueled by leading researchers and entrepreneurs with products in development that will radically improve the quality of life and quality of care for the aging market.
Finalists will present in front of an audience of over 200 senior living and long term care providers at the annual LINK Conference. Attendees will give live, interactive feedback on the presentations and an expert judge’s panel – moderated by Louis Burns, CEO of CareInnovations – will award a $10,000 prize to the emerging company that is most able to dramatically impact providers who serve the fast growing aging population.
LINKTank is hosted by InnovateLTC and the LINK Conference.
Who Can Participate?
The LINKTank Competition is open to any non-profit or for-profit research organization, individual entrepreneurs or development teams with a product in development – pre-revenue – for the long term care or senior living markets. Judges will include provider organizations, technology experts, VCs, and Angel Investors.
How Does the Competition Work?
The competition is structured in three phases:
1. Complete the nomination form and view more information at:
2. InnovateLTC will work with final nominees to prepare for the live presentation.
3. Nominees will present at the 2013 LTC & Senior Living LINK Conference. Up to five finalists will receive a travel stipend to present their ideas to a panel of judges at the LTC & Senior Living LINK Conference, July 22 in Chicago, and a chance to win $10,000 in non-dilutive capital, sponsored by InnovateLTC, a business accelerator based in Louisville, KY.
For more information contact Alicia Heazlitt at
(502) 569-0301 or visit
Competition, held at the 2012 LTC & Senior LINK Conference

Scott Collins Joins LINKTank as a Judge this Year


As President/CEO, Scott Collins is responsible for the strategic direction & growth of the company which connects its more than 460 member locations to a broad range of resources to ensure their ongoing success. Linkage collaborates with senior living providers & thought leaders throughout the country to explore new market opportunities beyond the campus as well as innovative ways of generating revenue and containing costs. Before joining Linkage, Mr. Collins was a Vice President & Senior Account Executive with GE Capital Commercial Asset Funding. Mr. Collins has also held senior management positions in the commercial real estate and textile industries.

The 2013 panel will be led by Louis Burns, the CEO of Intel-GE Care Innovations™, a joint venture between GE Healthcare and Intel that delivers technology-enabled solutions into the healthcare and senior living markets.