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.