The Freebird Club
3rd Prize – €10,000

A social travel & homestay club for older adults, tackling loneliness & isolation.

Our Business Outline

Freebird is a travel-based social club for older adults, offering peer-to-peer social engagement and travel/hosting opportunities for older adults.

We provide a customised ‘age-friendly’ web platform to enable older adults engage in homestays with fellow older adults through a secure online membership club.

We offer a new way of travelling for older adults, a means to earn extra money, and a fun accessible way to meet new people and enjoy social and cultural interaction in later life. Using the host/guest model, Freebird ‘hosts’ make spare rooms available to fellow members to come and stay for a nightly rate.



By combining aspects of a travel site (eg. Airbnb) and a companionship site (eg. Stitch), using age-accessible design, we facilitate people matching with people based on shared interests and compatibility, rather than just finding a nice place to stay.

We are using the sharing economy for social impact, leading the way for a new ‘caring economy’.