You founded a company that makes an anklet to detect bed exits and prevent falls for seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Why did you want to serve this target market?
Healthcare was a new industry for us initially, but we found that the problem of falls is urgent, pervasive, and the solutions are lacking . It’s also very meaningful. When you can prevent a fall, you prevent all the emotional (and financial) distress that comes with it, and that feels good to be a part of.
How has upBed ‘s wearable tech – a soft anklet – helped improve lives?
Most of us have experienced the repercussions of a fall in a nursing home; if not, you probably know someone who has. Getting a call in the middle of the night and being told that your loved one fell and is hurt is a terrible experience. Preventing just one of these calls has an immensely positive influence.
Do you have plans for designing other wearable tech solutions?
Yes. upBed is our first product, and we’re using it to learn how to do things and create a revenue source for future products. We have other product ideas, some of which involve wearables, but most of which focus on the aging market.
You are a contestant on Season 5 of Greenlight Maine. What was that experience like?
What an awesome experience, and a fantastic way to promote all the hardworking entrepreneurs here in Maine. Being on TV makes me nervous, but it has given us great exposure here in Maine and we’re grateful for it.
We’re looking forward to your Tech Night presentation on January 9. Can you give us a preview of what you’ll be discussing?
We’ll discuss how we got started with upBed, what it’s been like growing the business here in Maine, the resources we’ve used, and how we’ve adapted over time. Hopefully this will encourage others to start a business of their own, and if they already have, to keep on going with it.
Last modified: June 21, 2021