MEDICAL vitamin startup SilverConnect on Monday mentioned it has closed a seed funding spherical led by Heritas Capital Administration.
Seeds Capital, the funding arm of Enterprise Singapore, additionally participated within the spherical.
SilverConnect creates specialised meals options for individuals who have problem in swallowing, or dysphagia. Underneath the model of GentleFoods, the agency modifies native Singapore meals into softer, smoother or pureed variations appropriate for folks with dysphagia.
Dysphagia is a situation which turns into extra prevalent with age, affecting as much as one in 5 older adults, and as much as 40 per cent in institutionalised settings comparable to nursing properties.
Undiagnosed or poorly managed dysphagia will increase the chance of choking, dehydration and malnutrition, mentioned SilverConnect.
The feel of the meals from GentleFoods are according to the framework set out by the Worldwide Dysphagia Weight-reduction plan Standardisation Initiative (IDDSI), which helps to make sure that meals are safely ready to the fitting consistency, and appropriate for many who have problem swallowing.
GentleFoods at present provides ready-to-eat frozen meals which are appropriate for sufferers requiring IDDSI degree 4 meals consistency – or pureed meals – that style like acquainted native dishes comparable to candy and bitter fish, rooster rice and rendang fish. The frozen meals have been moulded into totally different meals shapes, may be simply reheated, and are made out of pure substances, mentioned SilverConnect.
Jeannie Ong, co-founder and director of operations at SilverConnect added: “All of our menu objects have been rigorously co-developed with a passionate crew of speech therapists, dieticians and meals technologists to make sure that the meals has the suitable consistency and uniform texture even after reheating.”
Recent funds from the seed spherical will probably be used to “fast-track the commercialisation and rollout of GentleFoods to each shoppers and aged care establishments,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.
Shen Yiru, founder and chief govt of SilverConnect mentioned: “We hope that aged and different sufferers with swallowing difficulties will now be capable to take pleasure in all kinds of secure and attractive meals with their family members, whereas decreasing the period of time their caregivers at present spend on making ready such meals.”
GentleFoods goals to create acquainted, secure and nutritious meals that stimulate the urge for food, in hopes of bringing the enjoyment of meals again into the lives of individuals with swallowing difficulties, the corporate mentioned.
“My world modified once I noticed my demented grandma rejecting all pureed meals as a result of it was all so unfamiliar to her. The emotional affect impressed me to start a journey to learn how different folks with such challenges cope,” mentioned Dr Shen.
Chik Wai Chiew, co-founder and govt director of Heritas Capital Administration, mentioned: “We consider SilverConnect’s artistic and impactful providing will improve sufferers’ urge for food and pleasure of consuming native favourites, main to higher vitamin, well being and immunity that are particularly vital in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Ted Tan, chairman of Seeds Capital and deputy chief govt of Enterprise Singapore, agreed, including: “SilverConnect’s focus to handle an unmet native and world want within the aged and dysphagic inhabitants exemplifies the spirit of innovation. It aligns with the Meals for Elders initiative below FoodInnovate, a multi-agency initiative led by Enterprise Singapore to drive innovation and place Singapore as a number one meals and vitamin hub in Asia. We hope that Seeds Capital’s funding will assist SilverConnect scale up its operations extra shortly and join them to strategic companions within the area.”
Over the past two years, Enterprise Singapore supplied grant help to SilverConnect for the co-development of three standard native snacks with Khoo Teck Puat Hospital below the Meals for Elders initiative, in addition to a company branding challenge to assist them develop a world model technique and set up presence in key abroad markets.