UKTV Ventures partners with online care marketplace, Elder, in airtime-for-equity deal



22 April 2024 - Award-winning broadcaster UKTV has today announced it has invested in the award-winning online care marketplace, Elder, using its multi-million pound investment fund, UKTV Ventures.

Elder was created to connect older people and their families with independent carers across the UK to enable personalised one-to-one care at home. Elder's proprietary technology uses hundreds of different data points including conditions, skills, personality, interests and geography to match the right families and carers together and help older people keep the routines, hobbies, and lives they love. Since founding in 2016, Elder has powered more than 50,000 matches and 13 million hours of care in 500 towns and cities across the UK, enabling thousands of older people to continue to live their own lives, in their own homes while supporting thousands of carers with better work opportunities.

UKTV Ventures' £1 million "airtime-for-equity" investment sees Elder launch its first TV advertising campaign in April on the broadcaster's seven linear channels - Dave, W, Gold, Alibi, Drama, Yesterday, Eden. Elder will benefit from access to an audience of over 25 million viewers a month and in return, UKTV will gain an equity stake in the business.

Peter Dowds, Founder and CEO of Elder, said:

It is great to be partnering with Brendan and the team at UKTV to help build awareness of Elder across the UK. Now more than ever, families and loved ones across the UK are looking for care and support that is at-home, personal and flexible. That's what we make a reality at Elder and we're excited for our new TV campaign to help drive awareness and help families and loved ones take control of later life.

Brendan Kilcawley, Head of Commercial UKTV Ventures, said:

Peter and his team have done an incredible job to build a platform that supports carers and those seeking care in an intuitive, accessible and supportive way. Their mission, to keep the elderly healthy and happy through supporting in home care, is one that resonates with UKTV. We look forward to helping the business grow through the power of TV advertising.

UKTV Ventures is committed to helping companies new to TV advertising build their brand and scale up by benefiting from the wide reach, trust and recognition only achieved through TV advertising. Similar to venture capital, UKTV Ventures is a funding model which invests airtime, instead of cash, in burgeoning high-growth companies looking to accelerate their growth. UKTV Ventures' deal with Elder follows their recent investments with online raffle company Raffolux, plastic free shampoo bar company KinKind, and social media platform, WeAre8, and a follow-on investment with dog GPS tracker company Pit Pat.


About UKTV Ventures

UKTV Ventures is UKTV's multi-million pound investment fund which offers high-growth start-ups an opportunity to enter the TV advertising market in exchange for a minority stake in their company. This is described as airtime-for-equity. UKTV Ventures Website:

About UKTV

UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 30 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.

UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.

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About Elder

Elder is the UK's leading online care marketplace - delivering over 13 million hours of care since launch in 2016. Elder uses technology and data to connect families and carers across the UK to enable personalised 1:1 care at home, helping older people continue to live their own lives, in their own homes, supporting their family and creating better work opportunities for carers. Elder has supported thousands of families across the UK to find the right carer.

Source UKTV

April 22, 2024 3:00am ET by Newsdesk  

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