2015 was a great year for Luna Lights! The DFA Northwestern project turned health startup participated in the Healthbox Accelerator, where they fleshed out their business model and developed their lighting design and cloud-based data analytics.

The mission of Luna Lights is to prevent and reduce nighttime falls in the older adult population. According to the Center for Disease Control, one out of three adults 65 and older fall at least once each year, leading to injuries, hospitalization, and negatively impacting their optimism and quality of life. While investigating this issue in DFA Northwestern’s summer studio in 2012, their idea quickly grew into the startup they’re running today.

This year, Luna Lights is continuing to get their ideas out there! They are focusing on pitching and scaling their startup to impact the lives of older adults and their caregivers. In January, Founders Donovan Morrison and Matt Wilcox participated in Impact Engine’s 2-week Seed+ program to refine their pitch. They wrapped up this program by presenting at Impact Engine’s Demo Day at 1871 and have since pitched at events such as the 1776 Challenge Cup.

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Donovan highlighting the challenge they’re tackling at 1776 Challenge Cup

Looking forward, they are excited to manufacture their prototype, work with communities to implement their solution, and gather data to improve their analytics. Know any community homes, investors, or mentors that might be interested in working with them? Reach out at info@lunalights.org

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