Class: 2014 Winter Accelerator
Meetcaregivers is a unique online platform that helps families connect and find pre-screened and qualified caregivers to care for their aging parents. We are using video technology to make the process easier, safer and less expensive. Users are able to watch video profiles of pre-screened and qualified caregivers talking about their experiences, skills, personalities, backgrounds etc. Making it easier, safer and less expensive to hire the perfect caregiver.
Our Sandbox experience so far
The past three weeks at Sandbox have been a great and unique experience for Meetcaregivers.
For over a year, I have been working on the idea of building a platform that uses video technology to help families connect and find qualified caregivers. During that time, I pitched the idea to different investors and accelerator programs without success. Since this is my first start-up, I really didn’t know where to start, or who to connect with; many people didn’t take me seriously I thought.
Receiving an email from Sandbox saying that Meetcaregivers was selected to be among the 2014 finalists for the Winter program was validation that I, along with the other team members, are working on something that is needed in the market. Sometimes, being an entrepreneur, you hear so many Nos that you start doubting that your idea can come into fruition and grow.
The past 3 weeks at Sandbox have been eye opening, in regards to just how much needs to be done to grow our business. It’s very exciting to be among other entrepreneurs working so passionately on their own unique innovations. I love being around other entrepreneurs. It’s great to see their courage and audacity. It makes me think,
“Wow, I guess I am not that crazy since there are 17 other people just like me, working on their ideas to make it successful and taking risks.”
Our team is looking forward to the next nine weeks and seeing where we are going to be at the end of the program. We’re very excited that we now have our three mentors:
1) Richard Juknavorian
2) Georges Peter
3) Martin Kane
It’s been really fun “dating” mentors; talking to them about our business, what we looking to accomplish, and seeing if they believed in what we are working on.
When asked what the most important characteristics in a mentor were for us, we focused on the answers to these questions
1) Does this person believe in what we are working on, or believe in us?
2) Do they understand the issue we are solving?
3) Is there a connection, can we work together?
4) Their backgrounds, (Do they have strengths or qualifications that we are missing in the team)
5) Will they go the extra mile for our business?
Now that the dating period has ended, we are looking forward to working with our three mentors, being fully involved with the program, and making Meetcaregivers a success story.