Healthtech startup T-shirt Ventures raises $11 million to improve the lives of people living with disabilities and long-term health needs

COMPANY NEWS: A true for-profit tech startup, T-shirt Ventures, raised $11 million in Series A funding to expand its support for people with disabilities and long-term health needs to live the life they want.

T-shirt Ventures uses the power of technology to put choice and control back into those navigating the complicated NDIS system, and help it work better for those who depend on it, including caregivers and families.

HEAL Partners leads the round as sole investor and joins as strategic partners who will contribute to T-shirt Venture’s vision of helping people create and live the life they want. As part of the partnership, HEAL Partner’s advisor, chris rex, will join the T-shirt Venture Board of Directors as Chairman. Former CEO of Ramsay Healthcare, Chris Rex has not held any leadership or management positions since leaving Ramsay Healthcare in 2017.

The private funding round is being used to accelerate T-shirt Venture’s expansion by investing in three key areas: technology, products and people to give NDIS participants real choice and control.

Founded in 2018, co-founders Tom Blinksell and Jonathan Salgo were driven by personal experiences with the NDIS and a desire to make the program work better for those who depend on it, including their own families.

They have since developed two platforms that were built from the ground up with industry experts and NDIS participants, helping over 15,000 families navigate the NDIS and grow by over 1,700% . Platforms include:

  • Choice of supplier is a national NDIS plan management provider, designed to take the stress out of NDIS travel for participants and their families. This is done through a unique combination of dedicated plan managers and high-tech dashboards to deliver highly personalized solutions that ultimately help participants navigate and manage funds efficiently.
  • HiHubble, is an online marketplace connecting NDIS participants to quality vendors tailored to their individual needs. HeyHubble is currently available in Western Australia and is expected to expand to other states.

“When you have a family member with a disability, you realize how far we are from being an egalitarian society. People with Disabilities is a group that anyone can join at any time. Tomorrow your child could be diagnosed with autism, you could suffer a spinal cord injury or be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. In all of these cases, the NDIS is there to turn to and we are here to give you choice and control with our technology solutions.” said Jonathan Salgoco-founder and director of NDIS Innovation at T-shirt Ventures.

“We will use this latest round of funding to further develop our technology platform so that we can continue to deliver world-class technology to our customers as we scale. Today it’s the NDIS, but choice and control through technology solutions is universal for people with disabilities. For us, scale means developing technology solutions that can support every child born with a disability in this world, and anyone who acquires a disability,” said Tom Blinksellco-founder and CEO of T-shirt Ventures.

Speaking on the recent funding round, CEO of HEAL Partner and President of T-shirt Ventures, chris rex said, “During my forty years in healthcare, I’ve been driven by the fact that I want to generate the best possible outcomes and opportunities for people. The work T-shirt Ventures is doing with their innovative solutions is no different, and I look forward to working with them to accelerate the impactful work they are doing to help people live better lives.

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