Innovations that help the disabled, elderly or unwell took top honours at start-up contest

Innovations that help the disabled, elderly or unwell featured prominently at the finals of the 14th Start-Up@Singapore competition.

These included a walking frame with detachable wheels to make it easy for the elderly to get around and a device that helps deaf people better monitor their children.

Both were among the 16 prize winners at Saturday's finals held at NUS University Town.

Acting Minister, Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong, who was guest of honour at the event, said that entrepreneurship should be not just about starting a company, but a way of life and doing something to effect positive change.

More than 1300 people and 400 teams took part in the annual entrepreneurship competition, which had its preliminary round in February.

Mr Wong also presnted more than $85,000 in prize money to this year's winners.