With the older population growing at an unprecedented rate, innovation in senior care has become an urgent need in today’s health care landscape. Venture Connectors's October lunch featured Sheri Rose, executive director of Thrive Center Inc., a nonprofit technology innovation and education center that is working to enhance quality of life for those age 50 and older. Rose provided an overview of the Thrive Center and its partners, and shared how the local entrepreneur and investor community can get involved.

Located in Nulu in downtown Louisville, the 7,500-square-foot space features technology exhibits, specialized programming to enhance elder wellness and a series of community education programs. The center is a place where entrepreneurs can engage with the senior care industry, researchers and consumers.

The Thrive Center is a result of a public-private partnership that includes the commonwealth of Kentucky and Louisville Metro, along with IT solutions provider CDW Healthcare, and prominent technology companies Samsung, Intel, Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company, Lenovo, Ergotron, as well as key health care stakeholders.

Rose left InnovateLTC as Chief Operating Officer in November 2015 to establish the Thrive Center. She is also a partner at Commonwealth Leverage LLC, where she serves as a technology consultant for both health care startups and established companies. She previously served as director of sales and regulatory for AT&T. She is current president of the Metropolitan Louisville Women’s Political Caucus and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology from the University of Louisville.