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Well Beyond Care In The News: Rice Alliance Win

inthenewsThis is a listing of recent articles about Well Beyond Care concerning the recent win in the Rice Alliance Pitch Competition held in Austin, Texas on January 26th, 2017.

Well Beyond Care Wins Rice Alliance Austin-CTAN Pitch Competition
Silicon Hills News (01/26/17)
The Austin-based winner received a prize package worth more than $100,000 including “in kind” prizes from Andrews Kurth, Capital Factory and other …

Well Beyond Care Wins CTAN-Rice Alliance Pitch Competition in Austin
Xconomy (01/26/17)
Of the 10 pitches, one winner was picked: Well Beyond Care, an online service that connects people who need care for elderly family members with …

Well Beyond Care Wins Rice Alliance Austin-CTAN Pitch Competition
San Antonio News Info (01/27/17)
By LAURA LOREK Reporter with Silicon Hills News. Well Beyond Care, an online caregiving matchmaker service, won the first Rice Alliance-Austin …

Well Beyond Care Wins $125000 Texas Pitch Contest
Nibletz (01/30/17)
Well Beyond Care provides that platform. These adult aged children are used to buying houses with Zillow and cars with Vroom. Why not use Well …

Well Beyond Care Overall Winner of Rice Alliance Pitch Event

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care Overall Winner of Rice Alliance Pitch Event

A Health Tech Company Disintermediating Private Duty Care was Selected as Overall Winner over Ten Companies Presenting at the 2017 Startup Pitch Competition

Austin, TX, January 25, 2017 – Well Beyond Care, an online caregiving matchmaker service that is disintermediating private duty care, won the first Rice Alliance-Austin Chapter and Central Texas Angel Network pitch competition on Wednesday night at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar.  With overall winner’s prize package is worth more than $100,000 including “in kind” prizes from Andrews Kurth, Capital Factory and other companies.

2017PitchAwardRice Alliance and CTAN picked ten Texas-based seed stage companies out of 67 who applied to present at the event.  Jeffrey Fry, CEO and Co-Founder, came up with the idea for Well Beyond Care after caring for his ailing mom, who lived in Alexandria, Virginia for seven years.

“First it is an honor to have been chosen to present with so many fine Austin startups,” Mr. Fry stated.  “And to be selected the overall winner just gives testament to the pressing need to resolved the “silver tsunami” of geriatric care in the U.S.,” Mr. Fry added.

“Being an engineer, I wanted to create something better than what’s out there. Together with my co-founder, Lauren Tarrant, RN, we created an innovative online platform that allows families to hire their own caregivers and resolve most of the pervasive problems in private duty care.  This platform not only save families $10K to $30K in caregiver cost but families now can hire a caregiver of their choosing, that are matched to their needs, and are dependable, reliable, affordable, and available,” Mr. Fry concluded.

Lauren Tarrant added, “today, more than seven and half million people are getting in home care. The market is $120 billion for in home care, but by the end of the decade it’s going to be $180 billion. And 95 percent of all the people who get in-home or private duty care use an agency. They are first off, extremely expensive and we wanted to now allow a more affordable choice for families.  In addition, the two biggest problems with those agencies are truancy and turnover of workers. So, you get unreliable care. Winning this award gets us one step closer to realizing the dream of affordable in home care.”

Well Beyond Care, founded in 2014, has raised $310,000 in seed stage capital so far. The company is raising additional funds to build new features into its it platform including a mobile app and more administrative reporting.  Project Balance has been contracted to develop this applications and the company is looking to launch their platform in May of 2017.

The other finalists in the Austin Rice Alliance pitch competition included:

Anderson Remplex: This Flower Mound-based startup created a product called ProROX to eliminate pathogens from food products for commercial kitchens and consumers.

HipPocket: This Dallas-based startup created a better search and marketing product for real estate listings using machine learning, data and analytics. The company says it transforms how buyer and sales agents connect and consumers buy homes.

Renovate Simply: This Austin-based startup created a home renovation platform for banks, credit unions and other lending institutions to automate the home renovation process and provide increased transparency and reduce risk.

Cingo: This Austin-based startup provides the technology for companies to embed real time in app customer support in their mobile apps.

Homads: This Austin-based startup created a marketplace for month to month rentals of 30 or more days.

Sandbox Commerce: This Austin-based startup created a simply to use system that allows retailers to create a mobile app easily without any knowledge of coding.

SigTrak – This Austin-based startup created technology for data extraction and analytics for microchip design.

About Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter:
Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter aids entrepreneurs and investors alike, principally through educational events and workshops but also through mentoring, funding, partnership, and networking. The Austin Chapter was formed in 2003 as the successful Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship initiative at Rice University in Houston expanded its footprint. Austin was an obvious choice and the Austin Chapter now claims an important space in the entrepreneurial community in the capital city. Learn more at austinricealliance.org.

About CTAN:
Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) is the largest angel investing network in Texas, and the #1 most active single-chapter group in the nation (for 2015).  It mission is twofold:  To provide quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited angel investors, and to assist entrepreneurs and early-stage growth companies by serving as a key source of funding, mentorship, strategic advice, and educational resources. CTAN was founded in 2006 by local investors and community leaders, who believed that early-stage investing could provide a meaningful return for investors while also spurring local economic growth. Individual members of the organization volunteered their time and expertise to review potential investments and assist entrepreneurs.  Learn more at centraltexasangelnetwork.com.

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for Austin Rice Alliance Event January 25

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for Austin Rice Alliance Event January 25

A Health Tech Company Disintermediating Private Duty Care has Been Chosen as One of Ten Companies Presenting at the 2017 Startup Pitch Competition

Austin, TX, January 20, 2017 –Well Beyond Care, an online company taking private duty care to the next level, is pleased to announce it has been selected as one of the finalists for the Rice Alliance startup pitch competition for emerging companies in the Austin area.   Well Beyond Care will compete against 9 other startups that are looking to move to the next level.  For more information on the Wednesday, January 25th event, follow this link.

Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover.  Our platform uses the power of the internet to offer families the ability to care for their aging parents from a distance, allowing them to safely age-in-place. The company also provides nurses to help with healthcare resources, support and transition care in and from the healthcare community in an effort to avoid emergent visits, hospitalizations and nursing home placement. This solution lowers stress when hiring a caregiver and saves families on average $10,000 to $30,000 per year in care costs.

RiceALogRice Alliance – Austin Chapter and the Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), along with sponsor American Bank, are teaming up to host a special pitch competition that will offer valuable in-kind prizes and a potential for a significant cash investment to the company with the best business pitch.

The target companies for this competition are pre-Series A and have raised less than $1 million to date. Competing companies will give a 3-minute pitch to a panel of judges and a large theater audience. Networking with judges, sponsors, other presenters, and audience members will provide further opportunities to discuss business ideas.

“It is always great for Well Beyond Care to showcase how our online service can help adult children with aging (geriatric) parents solve the serious and upsetting concern regarding what to do to keep mom and dad safe and at home. With the sophisticated healthcare development over the past 50 years, seniors are living longer and this creates an ever growing need for personal care, and this crisis is only getting bigger as more than 65,000 baby boomers retire every week,” states Jeffrey Fry, CEO of Well Beyond Care.  “We know that there is a huge opportunity for a company to solve this looming crisis in caregiving, and it will be wonderful to also present with other Austin startups,” Mr. Fry added.

About Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter:
Rice Alliance – Austin Chapter aids entrepreneurs and investors alike, principally through educational events and workshops but also through mentoring, funding, partnership, and networking. The Austin Chapter was formed in 2003 as the successful Rice Alliance for Technology & Entrepreneurship initiative at Rice University in Houston expanded its footprint. Austin was an obvious choice and the Austin Chapter now claims an important space in the entrepreneurial community in the capital city. Learn more at austinricealliance.org.

About CTAN:
Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) is the largest angel investing network in Texas, and the #1 most active single-chapter group in the nation (for 2015).  It mission is twofold:  To provide quality early-stage investment opportunities for accredited angel investors, and to assist entrepreneurs and early-stage growth companies by serving as a key source of funding, mentorship, strategic advice, and educational resources. CTAN was founded in 2006 by local investors and community leaders, who believed that early-stage investing could provide a meaningful return for investors while also spurring local economic growth. Individual members of the organization volunteered their time and expertise to review potential investments and assist entrepreneurs.  Learn more at centraltexasangelnetwork.com.

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Event April 27

For Immediate Release

 Contact:
Lauren Tarrant, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
Well Beyond Care, Inc.
(512) 809-4057
lauren@wellbeyondcare.com

Well Beyond Care Selected as Finalist for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Event April 27

A Health Tech Company Disintermediating Private Duty Care has Been Chosen as One of Ten Companies Competing at Unique Dual-Pitch Event Bringing Together Health Tech Experts and Investors, as well as AARP Member Consumers

Austin, TX, March 29, 2016 –Well Beyond Care, an online company taking private duty care to the next level, is pleased today to announce it has been selected as one of the finalists for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch, the one day pitch competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving.   Well Beyond Care will compete against 9 other startups that represent the best in health tech startups.  For more information on the Wednesday, April 27 event, go to http://health50.org/.

WBCLogo2Well Beyond Care is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover, and at the same time offering a pathway to transitional care to help HHAs accomplish their Clinical Outcomes and Customer Service goals.  Why? Because seniors fall into a black hole post healthcare discharge and wind up back in the hospital, emergency room or nursing home because their care was not transitioned, support and resources were not secured and family and friends went on with their busy lives… at a distance.  We offer a way to change this. We have to… Seniors as well as those that are infirmed, are living through their 90’s and even older and continue to strive to live in their homes with and without family support. Our nurses are experienced Home Health and Hospice Nurses that are well equipped to provide resources and local healthcare connections.

AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event, held at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA, begins with speaking sessions on caregiving, and then a keynote with Nancy LeaMond, chief advocacy and engagement officer, AARP.   The afternoon will showcase ten companies, including Well Beyond Care, who were selected from over 200 applicants.

The ten will be presenting their business focus on stage before a panel of expert judges and an audience filled with AARP members, the actual intended end users of these solutions.  Representing AARP’s 38 million members, these consumers will share feedback in real-time on business viability, interest and value, providing the companies absolutely invaluable market data on the spot.   Lauren Tarrant, RN, Chief Nursing Officer of Well Beyond Care, will have three minutes to pitch how Well Beyond Care is solving unique healthcare needs of people 50 and over, and/or their caregivers.

“This is a great opportunity for Well Beyond Care to showcase how our online service can help adult children with geriatric parents solve the every nagging problem of what to do with mom and dad,” states Jeffrey Fry, CEO of Well Beyond Care.  “We know getting great care is much more than just doing matching, and that is why we also focus on services and resources with our Nurse Care Pair Managers. We are trying to take care to the next level, and close the loop on offering a continuation of transitional care from the hospital, to home health, and back into the home. I personally feel our goals and those of AARP align perfectly concerning the over 50 population and am so excited to be a part of this great event,” Mr. Fry concluded.

About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at www.aarp.org.

 

AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Announces Ten Finalists for Pitch Event April 27

For Immediate Release

Contact:

Laura Beck, for AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch
512-786-1098
laurabeck@adeointeractive.com
 
AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch Announces Ten Finalists for Pitch Event April 27
 
Health Tech Startups Focused on Caregiving To Pitch Industry Expert Judges and Consumer End Users Sharing Real-Time Feedback

Washington DC, March 29, 2016 – AARP is pleased to announce the ten finalist companies for its fifth Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event which will be held Wednesday, April 27 at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA.  Ten startup health tech companies focused on caregiving were selected from over 200 applicants to pitch their businesses at this unique one day dual-pitch event.  For more information and to register to attend at a price of only $299.00 for the full day,  please visit http://health50.org/.

“We were very impressed by this year’s applicants,” said Jody Holtzman, senior vice president, Enterprise Strategy and Innovation, AARP.  “It is refreshing to know there are so many companies focused on technology solutions for people 50 and over, as well as their caregivers.  With literally millions of Americans requiring assistance and millions of others providing unpaid care to these folks, there is an immense need.  Technology companies are rising up to deliver solutions to meet these needs and we will showcase many April 27th.”

According to AARP data in its recently issued Caregiving Innovation Frontiers (CIF) study, the caregiving market is expected to reach $72 billion by 2020, with $62 billion of that coming from caregiver’s out of pocket spending. Right now, 40 million Americans are providing unpaid care of aging, disabled, or other people in need of assistance. By 2020, 117 million Americans will need assistance of some kind, yet the overall number of caregivers is only expected to reach 45 million. More is here: http://www.aarp.org/cif

AARP’s Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch is a one day pitch competition for emerging startups in the healthy living space with a focus on caregiving. The event will begin with speaking sessions on caregiving, and then a keynote with Nancy LeaMond, chief advocacy and engagement officer, AARP.  The afternoon will showcase ten companies presenting their business focus on stage before a panel of expert judges and an audience filled with AARP members, the actual intended end users of these solutions.  Representing AARP’s 38 million members, these consumers will share feedback in real-time on business viability, interest and value, providing the companies absolutely invaluable market data on the spot.
The 10 finalists selected to present at AARP Health Innovation@50+ include:

  • Cake, Boston, MA, is the easiest way to do end-of-life planning. Cake breaks down a daunting and difficult task into simple, bite-size chunks, and provides experts who can answer questions. The online CAKE profile is a living document of end-of-life preferences that is easy to access, update, and share. @JoinCakeApp
  • Medivizor, Ramat Gan, Israel, provides people with serious or chronic medical conditions, or their medical teams, all the cutting edge information they need know – personalized just for them. @medivizor
  • Penrose Senior Care Auditors, Dallas, TX, provides the first and only tech/app-enabled senior care auditing solution to ensure seniors are okay while providing families peace-of-mind, creating the senior care auditing category. @penrosecheckin
  • Picnichealth, San Francisco, CA, helps patients and their families manage their medical records. Picnichealth collects records on a patient’s behalf, maintains a single up-to-date medical chart, and coordinate between providers. @picnichealth
  • Savor Health, New York, NY, is a technology-enabled provider of cost effective, personalized nutrition solutions for people with cancer whose nutritional issues cause poor clinical and quality of life outcomes. Through its smart, personalized recommendation engine and a network of distribution partners, Savor empowers cancer patients and their caregivers to take control of their nutritional needs. @savor_health
  • SeniorHabitat, New York, NY, is the first centralized, tour booking and informational website that simplifies care transitions while decreasing time, costs and hospital readmission rates. SeniorHabitat facilitates healthcare decisions by helping seniors, caregivers and hospitals navigate the overwhelming process of senior care facility selection to improve care transitions. @seniorhabitat
  • SensaRx, LLC, New York, NY, launched its SafeWander Button Sensor in November 2015, and is focused on patient safety and caregivers’ wellbeing in both assisted living facilities and the home. The company emanated from the Founder’s family struggles to care for his grandfather with Alzheimer’s disease. @safewander
  • Singfit, Los Angeles, CA, combines a growing body of scientific research on the health benefits of prescribed singing with a proprietary music platform in order to mass distribute the benefits of music as medicine. Focused on dementia care, its debut product SingFit PRIME is the winner of the USC Keck School of Medicine Body Computing Prize. @MusicalHealthT
  • UnaliWear, Austin, TX, has its Kanga Watch that allows discreet support for falls, medication reminders and a guard against wandering in a classically-styled watch with an easy-to-use speech interface rather than buttons. Kanga Watch works wherever you are, 24×7, and doesn’t require a smart phone (because it’s built in). UnaliWear’s artificial intelligence learns the wearer’s lifestyle to provide predictive, pre-emptive support.   @UnaliWear
  • Well Beyond Care, Austin, TX, is the only company that teaches families and individuals how to find and manage affordable non-medical in-home care, while solving the chronic problems of caregiver truancy and turnover, and at the same time offering a pathway to transitional care to help HHAs accomplish their Clinical Outcomes and Customer Service goals. @WellBeyondCare

The four alternates include:

  • Care3, Los Angeles, CA, is a leading mobile health technology company focusing on creating groundbreaking applications that meet the needs of home and community-based caregivers. The Care3 care-sharing platform for patients, families, and their care teams makes it easy to coordinate care and assist with activities of daily living. @care3app
  • Care Angel, Miami, FL, an award winning, patent-pending  intelligent virtual caregiving assistant technology that delivers high quality senior care, provides peace of mind for family caregivers and cost-savings for the health care industry, especially for payers and providers.@MyCareAngel
  • SafeBeyond, Tel Aviv, Israel, is an innovative online and mobile app platform for the management and future delivery of personalized messages and digital assets. The service allows users to create and store video, audio and text messages for loved ones, and decide when and where those messages will be shared with them. @Safe_Beyond
  • teleCalm, Dallas, TX, developed the first home phone service for the 5.3 million seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. The teleCalm phone service instantly protects seniors from ALL scammers and telemarketers, with easy setup and remote monitoring via the caregiver’s smartphone. @teleCalm

Previous AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch events have been held in Boston, Las Vegas and New Orleans, with last year’s event in Miami showcasing technology innovation across Florida.  Finalists from the previous four events have raised over $80 million in investments and four companies have been acquired.

Press are invited to attend the 5th AARP Health Innovation@50+ LivePitch event gratis and may register by contacting Laura Beck, laurabeck@adeointeractive.com.  Representatives from AARP and past winners and finalists, as well as judges, are also available for interviews.

Please mark your calendar now to join us Wednesday April 27, 2016 at Plug and Play Tech Center in Sunnyvale, CA to see the most exciting startup companies in the “50 and over” Health technology sector.  Register to attend the event at http://health50.org/.

The AARP Health Innovation @50+ LivePitch event is produced with support by Adeo InterActive.

About AARP:

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment and income security, retirement planning, affordable utilities and protection from financial abuse. We advocate for individuals in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.  A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www.aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP en Español, a Spanish-language website addressing the interests and needs of Hispanics. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to political campaigns or candidates.  The AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. AARP has staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Learn more at ww.aarp.org.

Retirement Age: Caring for Baby Boomers

200258139-001To date, over 75 million baby boomers are dealing with the reality of having to care for their aging parents or grandparents. Supplying geriatric care needs can affect these individuals on many different levels. Impediments such as arthritis, high blood pressure or increased blood sugar levels are just a few of the concerns that may require the attention of someone taking care of an elderly person. In addition to these medical conditions, incontinence and immobility may be another burdening concern, as well as comorbidities such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, CHF (Congestive Heart Failure, and Dementia. With this in mind, aging adults may need the assistance of geriatric care professionals, in conjunction with skilled caregivers, in order to afford a safe, healthy, stress free environment for loved ones.

Today, a number of geriatric care options exist for concerned baby boomers to choose from. There are nursing homes, assisted living facilities (ALF), independent living facilities, and in-home care service providers. Depending on the extent of service and assistance necessary, any of these geriatric care options could be a viable solution. While nursing homes and assisted living facilities may be more convenient for the responsible family member, these sorts of geriatric care options may also be cost prohibitive. According to the Genworth Cost of Care study, nursing homes can cost up to $6,390 per month. Assisted living facilities usually charge less, while in-home care is the least expensive option with flexible payment rates that can vary depending on the skill set and time required for the patient’s care.

Aside from these usual geriatric care options, there are those who choose to offer care for their elderly parents or grandparents personally. They are called “informal caregivers”, as they provide in-home care for their parents or grandparents without formal training or education in geriatric care. While this setup may be motivated by very noble causes, the physical, emotional, and psychological pressures associated with this kind of arrangement could become a very large burden for someone to assume. In addition to the pressure of caring for an elderly person, there may also be some legal implications if you cannot provide the level of appropriate geriatric care needed for your elderly relatives.

Just recently, prosecutors from the State of Pennsylvania charged an “informal caregiver” with allegedly committing “assisted suicide” to his chronically ill and aged father, in spite of the personal requests to end his life due to the fact the father felt an undue burden was being placed on his child. It is important to note that taking care of the elderly requires tremendous amounts of dedication, care, and caution on a daily and ongoing basis.

Considering the challenges and dilemmas baby boomers face regularly while fulfilling their obligations to provide geriatric care for their elderly parents or grandparents, they may still require the assistance of a geriatric care professional and a private duty caregiver, in one form or another.

Well Beyond Care:

WellBeyondCare.com gives those who need care the tools to manage their in home care online. Careseekers, or family members looking for someone to help care for their parents or loved ones, can use the website to search for qualified nurses and caregivers, post jobs that outline their specific care needs, monitor their caregivers’ schedules, and make payment online and receive personal support, local support from their personal Nurse Care-Pair Manager. Caregivers can use the website to search for caregiving jobs, set their wages, post their weekly availability, receive weekly payment, and build their resume and portfolio with real experience. Join for free today at WellBeyondCare.com.