Breakthroughs that make a real difference
Together, we’ll co-create new solutions to help those who need them the most get back up and participate in work, and more essentially, their community. WorkUp is a forum to explore, share, challenge and create – where difference is celebrated, everything is considered and a wide range of skills are tapped into.
We've received a great response to the WorkUp investment call and will be advising applicants of the outcome and who will progress to the next stage from Monday 16 July 2018. Co-design will be happening over 6 weeks from Monday 6 August 2018 to Friday 7 September 2018 and includes the following compulsory attendance dates:
It is expected that applicants selected for the co-design stage will have 2 to 3 members in attendance at all co-design sessions.
Please email WorkUp for any other enquiries.
Successful applicants have the unique opportunity to co-design with icare professionals along with the best-in-class social impact specialists.
You’ll have the chance to further refine and develop your idea with the experts – accessing icare’s data and insights to better understand and test against the real challenges faced by NSW workers and employers.
A pitch of your co-designed solution could see your idea gain funding with a total pool of $5 million available to develop solutions for impact.
We’re looking for new ideas to help solve challenges around maintaining or returning to work after a workplace injury.
We’ve identified five groups of workers that we’re helping with different challenges at different stages on a claim or injury recovery journey (below):
This is not just about improving the experience for workers recovering from injury in NSW better, but is based on a recognition that prolonged unemployment during the productive years of life impacts on the quality of life of affected individuals and their families. It acknowledges that, in some cases, a return to life is required before a return to work.
Specifically, icare foundation seeks to deliver on the following objectives that align with the groups of workers in the diagram (above):
Come to WorkUp and join others throughout NSW in working up new ways to help injured workers remain actively engaged in their communities.
We’re seeking organisations – from socially focused start-ups to established businesses and social service organisations – to express interest and share their ideas, big and small.
Innovation could mean new technologies, partnerships or even a radical improvement to an existing way of working. Whatever your idea, as long as it brings something new to the table.
Your proposal might be either a seed innovation (about testing new, promising ideas) or a scale program (broadening the impact of a proven solution)
We’ll also be looking for a strategic fit with the icare foundation. Meaning that your proposal:
icare (Insurance & Care NSW) is a Public Financial Corporation (and not-for-profit insurance provider) which protects, insures and cares for the people, businesses and assets that make NSW great. With more than $32 billion in assets, we are one of the largest insurance providers in Australia.
Established on 1 September 2015, we operate six schemes that are committed to delivering better cover, treatment and care to the people of NSW. icare insures more than 296,000 businesses and their 3.7 million employees. In addition, we provide support to people severely injured on our roads as well as insuring builders, homeowners, and landmark assets like the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Taronga Zoo.
Built on an ethos of ‘Commercial Mind, Social Heart’, icare is passionate about changing people's lives by being there for them at their time of need. With an aspiration to create the best possible outcome for every person and organisation we serve, we aim to deliver a fair, respectful and empathetic experience that is focused on the person, not the process.
WorkUp is designed to support return to work and return to life outcomes for workers and employers within the icare Workers Insurance and Insurance for NSW schemes.
icare Workers Insurance protects, insures and cares for 296,000 businesses and 3.7 million workers in NSW, making us one of the largest workers compensation insurers in the world. Workers compensation is a form of insurance payment to employees who are injured (physically or psychologically) at work or become sick due to their work. Workers compensation includes payments to employees to cover wages, medical expenses and rehabilitation as required.
icare actively engages with employers, injured workers and service providers to delivering services and support which provides value to both employers and injured workers.
As an independent organisation, icare is responsible for the full lifecycle of workers insurance. This end to end approach touches everything from underwriting and pricing through to injury prevention, claims and case management and to legislative compliance as well as the delivery of innovative return to life or work support programs.
Insurance for NSW (IfNSW), previously known as icare Self Insurance, provides tailored risk solutions, insurance cover and advice to NSW Government agencies. We are the largest public sector self-insurer in Australia.
IfNSW administers the Treasury Managed Fund (TMF) which provides comprehensive asset and liability protection for NSW government agencies. We protect 10 NSW Government departments, the 193 agencies within these, and their 300,000 public sector employees with workers compensation insurance, and liability, motor vehicle and miscellaneous cover.
We also insure $184 billion worth of our NSW state-owned assets, such as the iconic Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Taronga Zoo.
IfNSW focuses on building partnerships with agencies and insurance providers. Since 2005, the TMF has used multiple insurers for claims management services.
This investment call is not just about making the system for injured workers in NSW better but is based on a recognition that prolonged unemployment during the productive years of life impacts on the quality of life of affected individuals and families. We understand that to return to work, workers need to be socially connected, have family support and be physically and psychologically ready to work.
In some cases, workers may be dealing with other hardships or have become disconnected from their physical and emotional support and they need basic support from the right places to ready them for employment.
Our goal is to support workers to deal with whatever barriers they are facing in their journey back to meaningful employment.
We will be looking for proposals that have a strategic fit with the icare foundation. This means that your proposal:
Your proposal might be either a seed innovation or a scale program. By this we mean:
The foundation embodies icare’s ethos of a social heart with a commercial mind. We work with partners to create societal value so that the people of NSW are happier and healthier.
In this investment call, we are looking for ideas that generate social outcomes. We would expect that these social outcomes will also generate economic benefit (to workers, employers, our insurance schemes and icare) even if this is not realised immediately. Examples of what we’ve funded in the past range from workplace mental health interventions, social enterprises to support recovering workers and early intervention approaches that prevent workers falling into addiction or losing their social supports.
Remember that we are seeking new and innovative ideas so don’t limit your imagination to what we’ve already supported.
We will carefully manage the exposure of ideas in the co-design phase to limit the potential for ‘poaching’. All participants in the co-design stage will be required to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) meaning all information and ideas exchanged will be kept confidential and the use of any information and ideas exchanged in this forum will be restricted.
Our basic position is that you will retain the rights to any Intellectual Property (IP) you bring to with you into co-design while any jointly created IP from the co-design stage onwards will be shared with icare.
Key stages in the process and key dates:
|Investment call open||25 May 2018|
|Eligible applicants must provide further details via an application form||25 May to 29 June 2018|
|Investment call closes||29 June 2018|
|Co-design process during which applicants will have the opportunity to work with icare to further develop their proposal||August to mid September 2018|
|Funding awarded via a pitch event for successful proposals||November 2018|
The co-design phase has been tailored to best suit the needs of applicants. Our goal is to support your work in creating an innovation whilst also recognising that you have time constraints. In the co-design phase, you will be given exposure to icare data and insights as well as the support of icare staff through curated workshops and additional coaching. There will be 2 streams of co-design, one for seed innovations and one for scale programs.
We are open to applications from for-profit businesses as well as non-government organisations. Start-ups and more established providers are both welcome.
Funding will be confirmed via formal funding agreements. The timeframe for spending the funding will depend on the budget within the developed proposal but can be spread over a 1 to 3-year timeframe.
Funding that extends for more than 12 months will require milestones to be met and monitoring of progress to be undertaken.
Information 25 Jun
Wheel Easy, Limbs 4 Life and Waves of Wellness were recipients of a share of $100,000 funding from icare's Pitch In crowdfunding event.
Blogs 12 Jun
Dr Chris Colquhoun, icare’s Chief Medical Officer discusses the positive impact work can have on health and vice versa.
News 28 May
WorkUp, a $5 million investment call to support workers overcome complex barriers to return to work, has been launched by the icare foundation.