In this Spotlight we are featuring an exciting Startup that is transforming the lives of older people through tackling big issues of access to care and social isolation amongst the elderly.

Through a simple set-top box that transforms any TV into a video calling platform, Speakset is helping the elderly easily connect with healthcare professionals as well as their friends and family. See below for a summary of their business and milestones to date. Look out for an interview with the founders (coming soon).

Startup Summary

SpeakSet is a service that makes it easy to do video consultations. The service has been specifically designed around older people to connect them to care services and family network. This is using a set-top box that converts any TV and is operated by a simple remote control.

For a healthcare professional, video calls can be made through a web portal. This remote care delivery has a two-fold benefit; improving care and reducing costs.


Current Progress

SpeakSet has been created with a focus on user-centered design. Development is continuous and based entirely on feedback from users. Through understanding older people’s needs, the concept for SpeakSet was born, developed and tested. SpeakSet is currently in use with CCGs, charities and care homes and showing positive results.

Key Milestones



Speakset Founded


Shell LiveWire Award


First prototypes built and given to people to test


Formation of Advisory Board


Awarded £50,000 funding grant from the Nominet Trust. Tech City News Award for Social Good


First NHS rollout




UnLtd Big Venture Challenge Winners


Her Majesty The Queen uses Speakset at event celebrating the British Technology Industry


Impact Hub Fellowship for Longer Lives Award


SpeakSet named in Nominet Trust 100 (alongside the likes of Google X)

Speakset mentioned in Forbes


Future Plans

Foundations are set. Trials have been successful. Older people using the system love it. The Queen has used it. Now SpeakSet can open their doors and start working with new partners.

Patients needing care at home (and need the familiarity of the TV)
Care providers - GPs, Nurses, Carers, Family, Friends
Adi Kasliwal - Entrepreneur First 2013. Vehicle Dynamics at McLaren Automotive. 1st Class MEng - Oxford University.
Ewan Marshall -  Entrepreneur First 2013. First class masters in Physics - University of Bristol
Matthew Simmonds - Entrepreneur First 2013. Design Engineer at McLaren Racing. 1st Class MEng - Oxford University.
Founder Insights

Do what you love, Get out of the building, Learn from others

Contact Details
Phone: 02071536627
Twitter: @speaksetUK

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Speakset Summary Video


  • Audio Clip of John (one of our users): Soundcloud

About The Author

Co-Founder & Technical Director

Nick has qualified as a doctor with an MBBS from Brighton and Sussex Medical School in 2015. He also holds a BSc in Management from Imperial College London. He has built a number of successful online businesses and is increasingly interested in medical technology that is going to change the future of healthcare delivery.

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