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History

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Lifesprk was founded in 2004, but its history has deeper roots. Several of Lifesprk’s leaders worked together for more than 10 years prior to launching Lifesprk, which was originally known as AgeWell, in the Twin Cities market.

Frustrated by the fact that existing health and senior services didn’t go far enough to address the root issues that prevented people from living life on their terms – what Lifesprk calls a ‘sparked life’ – they set out to change that.

The goal: to create a new model of support that uses a whole-person approach to senior care that helps people build a pathway to their goals – whatever those goals may be, and to provide the guidance, support, and resources seniors need to handle or prevent anything that may get in their way.

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2004:
Lifesprk is founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota as AgeWell
2005:
Grew 20x in revenue
2006:
Number of employees exceeds 200
2007:
Launched Lifesprk model at Edina Park Plaza, first campus partnership
Joel Theisen named to 40 under 40 by Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal
2008:
Hit 200-mark with client census
Started partnership with Allina
2009:
Doubled census again with 400+ clients
Established partnership with SilverCrest Properties
Named a Small Business Success Story by Twin Cities Business
2010:
Launched National Advisory Board
2011:
Joel Theisen named finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Upper Midwest
Named a Star Tribune Top 100 Workplace
Named a Fast 50, top growing private company in Minnesota
2012:
Rebranded as Lifesprk in May 2012
Invested in technology platform for Lifesprk model
Named a Star Tribune Top 100 Workplace
Named a Fast 50, top growing private-company in Minnesota
2013:
Developed 4 new partnerships with Augustana Care, Gentiva, North Memorial, and Oak Meadows
Named Twitter Top 100 resource for senior care
2014:
Developed partnership with Education Minnesota and EFS Advisors
Named Star Tribune Top 100 Workplace
Lifesprk Home Health Award named Care Providers of Minnesota’s Noble Caregiver of the Year Award
Launched North Memorial Care Access
Launched Augustana Care Thrive On @ Home Program
2015:
Received LeadingAge Minnesota Excellence in the Workplace Award
Named Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace
Named one of Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Best Places to Work
Lifesprk named among top elder care innovators by CNBC

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