New Naborforce program gives employers the ability to support family caregivers
Dominion Energy and Atlantic Union Bank are the first major employers in Richmond to back a new program from local startup Naborforce. The startup launched a new service offering last week that will help employers better support employees who are assisting with the care of an older family member. Naborforce is a tech-enabled company that connects aging adults to a network of trusted care providers. The new program called Naborforce for Laborforce, will provide resources and backup eldercare benefits designed to help employees balance work and caregiving, while boosting productivity and reducing turnover, Wilson said. "A lot of employers might have something called backup elder care, but the reality is, it’s not really," said Naborforce founder Paige Wilson. "They’re connecting you to something like a home care agency. If you need help four hours at a clip, or 20 hours per week, that works, but that’s not backup." Wilson created Naborforce in 2018 based on her own experiences as the primary caregiver for her mother. She said the majority of Naborforce accounts are initiated by adult children caregivers.
Richmond-based startup Naborforce is offering its care-giving service as a benefit companies can provide to their employees
ARichmond-based startup company that offers an online tool for people to help out senior citizens in their communities now wants companies to offer its service as a benefit for their employees. Naborforce, founded by local entrepreneur Paige Wilson in 2018, operates a website that connects aging adults to a network of care providers — called “Nabors” — who can earn some extra cash by performing household chores, doing errands or just offering companionship to seniors. The Naborforce service is now available in the Richmond, Charlottesville and Williamsburg areas of Virginia and in the Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, as well as the Bethesda, Md., area. On Tuesday, the company announced that it is now opening up its service as a benefit that employers can offer for employees who face the challenges of caring for aging family members.
Naborforce Unveils Plan to Support Businesses Committed to Addressing Challenges Faced by Caregivers in the Workforce
Naborforce, a fast-growing, tech-enabled company that connects aging adults to a network of trusted care providers, unveiled a new service offering today for businesses and other organizations committed to supporting their teammates who are assisting with the care of an older family member. The new program, called Naborforce for Laborforce, will provide resources and backup eldercare benefits designed to help employees balance work and caregiving, while boosting productivity and reducing turnover. Today, one in four employees has the added responsibility of caring for an older family member. The number of employees providing caregiving while managing a career is predicted to double over the years ahead as the U.S. population ages. As a result, employees with caregiving responsibilities state that the most important workplace benefits go beyond flexible work schedules and paid time off, and instead include a caregiving resource. The need for caregiving benefits and resources has further surged in the past year as the COVID-19 pandemic has exponentially increased the challenges for employee caregivers.
Naborforce Expands Its Elder Tech Platform and On-Demand Support for Older Adults to Bethesda, Maryland, and Williamsburg, Virginia
Naborforce, a fast-growing elder tech platform designed to connect aging adults to a network of trusted care providers for companionship and on-demand support, announced today that it will further expand its geographic reach to Bethesda, MD and Williamsburg, VA. "At Naborforce, our growing team is on a mission to reimagine quality, pre-care for older adults around the United States before more intensive care is needed," said Paige Wilson, founder and CEO of Naborforce. "Our trusted network of Nabors is now ready and on demand in both Bethesda, MD, and Williamsburg, VA, as part of our continued expansion. By scaling our company further, Naborforce will make productive, connected, and joyous aging possible for more people in more locations." Naborforce, which recently announced an oversubscribed and upsized Series Seed funding round of $2.5M, has seen the demand for social engagement, care, and support services grow since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic as older adults experience higher rates of isolation and loneliness. In the past six months, the increasing need for Naborforce's services has grown the company's revenue by over 1,000 percent. To meet the surging demand, Naborforce is adding Bethesda, MD, and Williamsburg, VA, to a geographic footprint that also includes Richmond, VA; Charlottesville, VA; Raleigh, NC; Wake County, NC; Chapel Hill, NC; and Durham, NC.
Richmond startup Naborforce adds to its investment round, bringing the total amount to $2.5 million
A Richmond-based startup company that connects aging adults to a network of care providers has added to a recent capital raise as it plans to expand into two new market areas. Naborforce, founded by local entrepreneur Paige Wilson in 2018, announced in June that it had closed on a $2 million seed funding round to help it expand. The investment round was oversubscribed, however, so Naborforce recently added an additional $500,000 to the capital raise, bringing the total amount to $2.5 million. The additional amount included an investment from Claritas Capital as well as Artemis Fund, a Houston-based venture capital firm that specializes in investing in companies founded and led by women. “That is significant for a couple of reasons,” said Paige Wilson, the founder and CEO of Naborforce who was inspired to create the company after a 30-year corporate career and caring for her own aging mother.
Naborforce Secures $2.5M in Oversubscribed and Upsized Equity Raise to Continue Expansion of its Elder Tech Platform
Naborforce, a fast-growing tech-enabled company designed to connect aging adults to a network of trusted care providers, today announced the close of its oversubscribed and upsized Series Seed funding round of $2.5M. The Artemis Fund, a Houston, TX-based venture capital fund investing in the best early-stage, female founders across the U.S., joined the round led by Claritas Capital. The additional capital will further expand Naborforce's elder tech solution, including geographic reach and operations, designed to combat isolation and other social determinants that impact the health of the senior population. "We are honored to add Artemis Fund to our seed funding round and are energized by the level of interest and enthusiasm for Naborforce's proven ability to make meaningful connections possible for older adults seeking companionship and on-demand care," said Paige Wilson, CEO and founder of Naborforce. "The Artemis Fund has a history of investing in female founders who solve big problems for real people and who drive returns for their investors. We feel that our ability to leverage new technology to make independent living possible for older adults is the perfect fit for their portfolio of innovation addressing massive markets and consumer demand. Together, we will open up new opportunities for aging-in-place while tackling social isolation at scale."
Naborforce Expands Operations to Raleigh-Wake County Area to Meet Increased Demand for Social Engagement and Support for Older Adults
Naborforce, a fast-growing company designed to connect aging adults to a network of trusted care providers for companionship and on-demand support, announced today that it will expand its geographic reach in March by adding services in the Raleigh-Wake County area. The demand for social engagement, care, and support provided by Naborforce, which is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, has nearly tripled in the past six months as older loved ones experience higher rates of isolation and loneliness since the pandemic began. Launching operations in Wake County to meet this increased need marks the company's first expansion outside of Virginia since it was founded and will result in increased support options for Raleigh-area residents and job opportunities. "We are very excited to open Naborforce in the Wake County and Raleigh area as we expand our services to meet the needs of older adults in the region and their loved ones," said Paige Wilson, CEO and founder of Naborforce. "Today's announcement that Naborforce is launching its first market in North Carolina means that we will be able to help more families looking for resources to support their parents as they age." Driving Naborforce's model forward is an increased need for support as our country's population ages and over 11,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day. As a result, for the first time in U.S. history older adults will soon outnumber children. As families grow smaller and more disbursed, the wave of older adults and their family members are now seeking new ways to stay independent and connected. The COVID-19 pandemic has added increased challenges for older adults by escalating isolation and the need for support during a period of time that more and more older adults are expressing a desire to age gracefully and safely in place.
Naborforce raises $2 million in capital to expand home-care business
Richmond-based Naborforce has pulled in its largest investment so far as the startup company looks to build on its business of providing support for aging adults. Naborforce, founded by local entrepreneur Paige Wilson in 2018, said Wednesday that it had closed on a $2 million seed funding round that will help it expand. Naborforce is seeking to address the challenges posed by the nation’s aging population by offering a way for people to help their aging neighbors while also earning some cash. The company created an online platform that connects homebound individuals who need help with daily chores with vetted people called “Nabors” who earn some extra cash by providing neighborly services such as grocery shopping, meal preparation and light household work, along with companionship. After a downturn during the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic, Naborforce has since seen growth to more than 1,000 users on its platform, including more than 500 clients and about 400 “Nabors.”
Richmond startup Naborforce raises $2M to fuel market expansion
In its largest capital raise to date, a Richmond startup is adding a few more faces as it looks to expand into new markets this year. Naborforce, an Uber-like service that connects contractors (dubbed “nabors”) with elderly people in need of companionship and someone to help with their errands, announced this week the completion of a $2 million seed round. It was Naborforce’s first institutional capital raise and was largely powered by Claritas Capital with support from angel investors. The funding will help the Fan-based company add three more markets to its roster by the end of the year. CEO and founder Paige Wilson said that while the locations haven’t been nailed down yet, it’s likely the expansion will bring the concept to Maryland and another city in Virginia. Naborforce recently expanded into the Raleigh, North Carolina area, in addition to its operations in the Richmond area and Charlottesville. Naborforce plans to put some of the funding toward adding five to six full-time employees to its Fan headquarters, and expects to have a total of around 10 local employees by the end of the year. The company also expects to add four to five market managers this year to oversee the company’s presence outside the Richmond area. The company expects the capital raise to last it 12 to 18 months.
Naborforce raises $2M on the heels of its expansion into eastern NC
A whirlwind of a year for Richmond startup Naborforce continues with the closing of a $2 million seed round. The round, which closed on Tuesday, was led by Nashville-based Claritas Capital Partners. Naborforce founder Paige Wilson said Claritas' financial backing is an important step for the startup. "We love a lot of things about [Claritas], and they are right there in the epicenter of health care," she said. "We are not a health care company, but we are certainly adjacent to it, and anybody on the health care side knows what we’re doing is absolutely impacting health care outcomes." Wilson founded Naborforce in 2018 to connect aging adults to a network of "Nabors" for social engagement and on-demand support with errands, transportation and help around the house. She said the funding will be used primarily to continue building out Naborforce's team, investing even more into its tech platform and continued expansion. "We’re looking to end the year with six markets. We’re in three now, with plans for another six next year," she said.
Podcast: Naborforce with Paige Wilson
We all need help at times and retirees are no exception. The difference is that they want to maintain a sense of independence and their families want to ensure their safety. Naborforce intervenes by connecting seniors with screened and caring Nabors who want to assist with small tasks. Listen to Paige Wilson share her entrepreneurial journey.
Richmond-based startup expands its ‘naborhood’ to Raleigh
With two Virginia markets under its belt, a local startup has expanded yet again — this time out of state. Naborforce, a Lyft-like service that facilitates companionship and other errands for elderly people by matching them with contractors (which the company calls “nabors”), last month began service in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founder and CEO Paige Wilson launched the company in Richmond in 2018, and expanded to Charlottesville in October 2019. The Raleigh area has its own in-market coordinator, who manages the regional workload and helps vet the company’s contractors there. It’s a model borrowed from ride-share company Lyft, and one that’s expected to be replicated as Naborforce continues to enter additional markets.
Richmond-based elderly care startup carefully expands in Charlottesville
Three years, three markets and a pandemic later, Richmond-based startup Naborforce is refocusing its efforts on connecting Charlottesville-area neighbors in need with those who can help. The startup aimed at aiding elderly people and their families expanded its market to Charlottesville in late 2019. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Though founder Paige Wilson initially questioned whether her company would survive, she is pleased to see it grow into new markets — most recently expanding to Raleigh, North Carolina. First founded in 2018, the Naborforce platform connects aging people with its network of employees, or “nabors,” who provide help with non-medical tasks like errands, transportation and help around their homes, along with social engagement.
Naborforce’s expansion to NC will help the startup reach even more aging adults
After a year of pivots and unexpected changes, Paige Wilson is finally able to reach aging adults outside the Richmond region. Naborforce, founded by Wilson in 2018, connects aging adults to a network of "Nabors" for social engagement and on-demand support with errands, transportation and help around the house. The startup expanded operations to Raleigh last month, a move that was originally planned for 2020 but postponed because of the pandemic. Wilson said the decision to expand into Raleigh first had to do with market fit. Raleigh is about the same size as Richmond with similar demographics, age-dependence ratios, volunteerism ratios and income, she said. "Our model is based on a neighborhood rollout; we take a market like Richmond, and that's one neighborhood — 1 million to 1.5 million people," she said. "We've established a market manager there. This is a trust-based business, and until it's widely understood, we have to have someone in-market."
Company That Links Older Adults to Helpers Wins AARP’s CES Pitch Event
As folks age, they often rely on family members to help with chores, run errands, drive them to the beauty parlor or doctor, prepare meals, even sometimes reprogram their remote controls. But what do older adults do when family isn't around to lend a hand? Richmond, Virginia, startup Naborforce, has come up with a solution to connect older people to a network of vetted and insured community members it calls “Nabors.” These Nabors are largely empty nesters, schoolteachers and retirees who are eager to help on demand. Founder and Chief Executive Paige Wilson says such Nabors are people “seeking purpose and connections in their own lives.” They also can earn some extra income.
Richmond startup company Naborforce, which connects seniors with helpers, expands into Raleigh, N.C., market
The Richmond-based startup company Naborforce is seeing a rebound in demand from the COVID-19 downturn and has expanded into a new market area, with plans to add several more markets in the next year. Founded by entrepreneur Paige Wilson in 2018, Naborforce is seeking to address the challenges posed by the nation’s aging population demographics. The company created an online platform that connects seniors and homebound individuals who need help with vetted people called “Nabors” who earn some extra cash by providing neighborly services such as grocery shopping, meal preparation and light household chores, along with companionship. Naborforce started out in the Richmond market and then expanded to Charlottesville before the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to slow its growth early last year.
NaborForce: A new program that encourages neighbors helping neighbors; our conversation with its Founder
WRAL Anchor and Reporter Ken Smith talks with NaborForce founder Paige Wilson about its services to help seniors with everyday tasks as well as companionship as the service expands to the Triangle region.
Naborforce Expands Operations to Raleigh-Wake County Area to Meet Increased Demand for Social Engagement and Support for Older Adults
Naborforce, a fast-growing company designed to connect aging adults to a network of trusted care providers for companionship and on-demand support, announced today that it will expand its geographic reach in March by adding services in the Raleigh-Wake County area. The demand for social engagement, care, and support provided by Naborforce, which is headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, has nearly tripled in the past six months as older loved ones experience higher rates of isolation and loneliness since the pandemic began.
Naborforce provides assistance to seniors while forging new friendships
Paige Wilson is convinced people crave human connection and in some cases, she believes it can be life-saving. That belief is at the center of an organization she created in 2018, after caring for her aging mom who wanted to stay in her own home. She realized there was a gap in resources for older adults who don't need medical care, but still need assistance in other ways. She founded Naborforce, a resource for older adults and families.
Richmond Inno’s Startups to Watch in 2021
Naborforce, founded in 2018 by Paige Wilson, connects aging adults to a network of "Nabors" for social engagement and on-demand support with errands, transportation and help around the house. The startup spent much of 2020 in a major pivot from in-person work due to Covid-19 but was but eventually able to regain its footing. It was named to Richmond's 2020 Inno on Fire list in the Tech and Software category. In September, Naborforce announced it was chosen as one of 10 startups to participate in the Techstars Future of Longevity accelerator program, which wrapped up earlier this month.
Startup Spotlight: Naborforce lands spot in prestigious business accelerator
After the COVID-19 pandemic threw a wrench in its operations in the spring, the Richmond-based startup Naborforce is now getting back to work and has earned a spot in a prestigious, international business accelerator program.
Why America Needs More Innovation in Eldercare
We are two people from the tech sector who believe in its power to change lives. We're also two of the millions of Americans who have witnessed the challenges of caring for elderly family members--challenges that could have been alleviated through innovation.
10 Startups to Kick-Off New Accelerator Focused on Solutions for Older Americans
Pivotal Ventures and Techstars announced today the first 10 companies that will participate in the Techstars Future of Longevity Accelerator. The 13-week program will provide resources, mentorship, and training to entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to address the unmet needs of older Americans and their caregivers.
Like a good ‘nabor,’ new Richmond startup is there
Just as Uber gives nearly anyone with a car a chance to become a driver for a hire, a new local startup aims to give those with spare time a chance to make a buck by being a helpful neighbor. Naborforce launched last month in Shockoe Bottom to connect aging Richmonders to its network of helpers, or “nabors,” who provide on-demand assistance with non-medical tasks such as errands, transportation, help around the home and social engagement.
Naborforce start up looks to promote community caregiving
As our family members get older, sometimes they need some help, but with all of our busy lives, sometimes we need assistance ourselves in taking care of our senior loved ones. A new local startup called Naborforce is stepping in with a solution.