For the first time in human history, there are more people over the age of 65 than children under the age of five. And by 2050 the number of people aged over 80 will triple. The statistics show a new reality. At the same time, this longevity revolution is by no means only about older persons. Longer lives don’t just add years to the end of life, but extend and transform all stages of life.

Identifying the opportunities and challenges that this demographic shift and the multi-staged human lifespan represent in our society is key, with profound implications in areas such as urban planning, education, healthcare and prevention of diseases, labor market, mobility, culture, governance...

Powered by Ashoka, the BBK New Longevity Summit is a global gathering to connect avant-garde ideas in the field of longevity. Together, we will learn from social entrepreneurs addressing longevity with systems-changing approaches, connect local and international changemakers, and generate alliances between social entrepreneurs, business/industry leaders, companies and philanthropists.

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Why Bilbao?

A melting pot of cultures, Bilbao connects the ancient Basque culture with a mix of modern design, architecture, urban planning and sustainable mobility. The Basque city has become a global benchmark of urban renewal, as a result of the profound transformation it has undergone in recent decades. 

Spain is among the countries in the world with the oldest population, and particularly the Basque region, where it's estimated that 3 out of 10 people will be over 65, by 2031. 

This is why the Bilbao-based bank foundation BBK and Ashoka have joined forced to address the systemic challenges linked to aging and longevity. 

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New Longevity Summit Elements

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🤝 Lifelong Contribution & Connection

Creating value at every stage of life, connected to others.   

📔 Lifelong Learning

Growing, renewing, adapting to an ever-changing world.

💶 Lifelong Economic Security

Building shared financial security through mutualism.

🧠 Lifelong Well-Being

Nurturing physical, mental, and social well-being throughout life. 

☝️ Lifelong Self-Definition

Creating and renewing identity throughout life.


Guggenheim Museum

November 7th

The opening ceremony will celebrate and showcase some of the world's leading social entrepreneurs in the field of new longevity, to an audience of changemakers, philanthropists, policymakers and journalists. It will be open to the rest of the world via livestream. 

BBK Kuna

November 8th-9th

The private part of the conference will invite participants to connect and exchange ideas between key players in the sector. 


Encore, United States

Travesía100, Chile

Lab60+ & LaboraTech, Brazil

Fundación Cuidados Dignos, Spain

La Exclusiva, Spain

Menjadors Ecologics, Spain

Ibasho, Singapore

Third Act, USA

Alzheimer's Indonesia, Indonesia

Basic Needs & Elders Council for Social Entrepreneurs

Riders for Health & Elders’ Council for Social Entrepreneurs

Cycling Without Age, Denmark

Roots of Empathy, Canada

Carers Worldwide, UK

Droits Quotidiens, Belgium

Hospital OS, Thailand

Soccer Grannies, South Africa

Trabajo y Persona, Venezuela

Grandmother Project, Senegal

Siel Bleu, Spain

Centro Lyra, Madrid

Stanford Center on Longevity, USA

Luz Azul, Spain

Sangsangwoori, South Korea

Psychologist, teacher and olympic athlete

Director of Global Aging at AARP

Consejero Delegado de Atenzia

Scientific Director for the Elderly Program at La Caixa Foundation and Aubixa Fundazioa

Collaborator of EntreEdades

Economist, consultant and activist. Director of Red2Red 

President of Asociación Hebras de Paz

Professor of Labor Law at the University of Valencia


The BBK Foundation works to contribute to the economic development and social cohesion of the Basque region (Basque Country, Spain) and its citizens. BBK cooperates with people, teams and organizations with whom it shares its values and objectives. It chooses creativity and innovation as the driving force in all its projects, and is committed to networking and cooperation with all agents, public and private. BBK prioritizes sustainable development that meets current social and environmental needs, through a relevant and leading social impact. It is recognized as one of the most relevant social institutions in the Basque Country and Spain.

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