Newton Start-Up Wins $4K Grant

Meetcaregivers Receives $4K Sandbox Award
Meetcaregivers Receives $4K Sandbox Award

Meetcaregivers, Inc. (http://www.Meetcaregivers.com), a Newton-based company using video technology to help families find qualified in-home caregivers for their aging loved ones, today announced that the early-stage start-up has received a $4,000 award through the Merrimack Valley Sandbox’s Winter Accelerator program.

The award was presented on March 6 at a ceremony held at the Everett Mills in Lawrence, MA.  More than 200 entrepreneurs, government officials, mentors, family members, and other interested well-wishers attended.  Fourteen for profit and non-profit organizations competed in the Merrimack Valley Sandbox’s 12-week Accelerator program.  The Merrimack Valley Sandbox is a non-profit organization that is boosting the economic and social well-being of greater Lowell and Lawrence by advancing entrepreneurship and innovation.

Meetcaregivers is making it easier, safer and less frustrating for families to hire in-home caregivers for their aging loved ones.  The website currently features more than 300 qualified, pre-screened caregivers such as companions, homemakers, personal care assistants, home health aides, and certified nursing assistants.  Hiring through Meetcaregivers can be up to 50% less expensive than through traditional full service agencies, while offering the safety and security of services like pre-screening, payroll processing, tax preparation and insurance.  By using Meetcaregivers, families are able to care for their aging parents longer at home without running out of money.

Among the other award recipients were Catie’s Closet, which puts closets in schools to provides clothing and basic necessities to students who are homeless or severely financially challenged; Indigo Pixies, the creator of a set of multi-cultural pixies that uses stories and songs to help children overcome development milestones such as pacifier weaning and potty training; and Faux Pas, an online platform that enables fashion-conscious women the opportunity to rent unlimited outfits on a rotating basis to keep their wardrobes fresh and exciting.

“We are very excited to receive this recognition from the Merrimack Valley Sandbox,” said Florence Furaha, co-founder and chief executive officer of Meetcaregivers.  “The award validates all of the hard work our team has been doing to develop a sustainable business model and provide a much-needed service for both caregivers and the families they serve.”

For more information, visit www.Meetcaregivers.com, call 1-888-541-1136 or e-mail info@Meetcaregivers.com.


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