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Creating accessibility for the deaf and hard of hearing

Updated: Apr 28, 2023

Jari, CEO and co-founder of SpeakSee, was inspired by his parents who are deaf to enable the deaf and hard of hearing to participate in society again. SpeakSee also offers real-time translation of conversations with the SpeakSee translation station.

SpeakSee products and services, therefore, come from a deep understanding of their users and their challenges. Therefore, they are always looking to engage with their community of users and listen to them with heart and soul.

SpeakSee microphones record live what is said during face-to-face group meetings and transcribe it in real time into text on a smartphone. This allows hearing-impaired people to instantly read what is being said.

SpeakSee can identify speakers, which appear in different colors on the smart device. In this way, it is easy to see who is saying what.

SpeakSee can be used on smartphones, laptops and desktops. The SpeakSee app will be available for iOS and Android devices.

SpeakSee uses an array of sensors, the microphone intelligently isolates and captures speech from the user and rejects noise from other sources.

The system supports up to 9 microphones simultaneously.

SpeakSee as a first case in our Integrated Capital Lab

SpeakSee was the first case presented and discussed with a wide range of different funders in our first Integrated Capital Lab (ICL) of January 2019. It was a great kick-start to the ICL proposition for both SpeakSee and Generous Minds, as SpeakSee was successfully challenged and funded at that time for its financial need and with serious intentions to co-fund SpeakSee in future funding rounds as well.

As time progressed, SpeakSee developed in line with expectations and working closely with SpeakSee, we kept the overview and supported them with finding the right impact funders for the next stages of growth.

"Generous Minds has ensured that we have access to a very high quality network of social investors that fit well with our vision. We are currently in advanced discussions with several parties we know either directly through the Integrated Capital Lab or through the network for our next round of funding."

Jari Hazelebach, CEO & Founder SpeakSee

Generous Minds support

In line with our philosophy, we introduce our Generous Minds experts where relevant, to increase the chances of success and impact with combined forces. For example, supporting the product design and production aspects of SpeakSee by Ronald Lewerissa. And exploring support from Maarten Broekema to get SpeakSee reimbursed by health insurers, which has now all been successful and completed. In addition, all-round legal support is provided by our Generous Minds partner BvdV.

Personally, SpeakSee is one of our favorite entrepreneurs that we actively support with Generous Minds & Money. Jari is very authentic and professional and a great person to work with! It is nice to experience how he, together with his impact driven team, is developing SpeakSee to the next level and making the desired impact on the lives of deaf and hard of hearing people. Click below to see some initial reactions from users experiencing SpeakSee for the first time in their lives.

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