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UnaliWear to Present at CB Insights A-ha! Demo Day

CB Insights today will showcase innovative startups at its first-ever Demo Day where companies can present to investors without giving up any equity. While more than 2,000 companies applied for the opportunity to pitch at Demo Day, UnaliWear™ was one of 40 companies chosen to present at the A-ha! Conference. CB Insights selected UnaliWear as part of an elite group of startups driving progress in artificial intelligence, fintech, health and bleeding-edge technologies. For details, see the press release...

Jean Anne Booth Named as 50+ Innovation Leader

We are excited to have MedCity News and AARP name Jean Anne Booth, UnaliWear CEO, to their inaugural list of 50+ Innovation Leaders, consisting of the leading innovators of services and products designed to serve the booming 50+ consumer health market. The complete list of 50+ Innovation Leaders can be seen at http://medcitynews.com/50-plus-innovation-leaders/....

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UnaliWear to Present at CB Insights A-ha! Demo Day

CB Insights today will showcase innovative startups at its first-ever Demo Day where companies can present to investors without giving up any equity. While more than 2,000 companies applied for the opportunity to pitch at Demo Day, UnaliWear™ was one of 40 companies chosen to present at the A-ha! Conference. CB Insights selected UnaliWear as part of an elite group of startups driving progress in artificial intelligence, fintech, health and bleeding-edge technologies. For details, see the press release... read more

Jean Anne Booth Named as 50+ Innovation Leader

We are excited to have MedCity News and AARP name Jean Anne Booth, UnaliWear CEO, to their inaugural list of 50+ Innovation Leaders, consisting of the leading innovators of services and products designed to serve the booming 50+ consumer health market. The complete list of 50+ Innovation Leaders can be seen at http://medcitynews.com/50-plus-innovation-leaders/.... read more

Jean Anne Booth, CEO of UnaliWear, mentioned in: “StartUp Health Announces 10 Health Moonshots with Global Army of Health Transformers to Improve Health of Everyone in the World”

We would like to thank the team behind the article: “StartUp Health Announces 10 Health Moonshots with Global Army of Health Transformers to Improve Health of Everyone in the World” for mentioning our CEO, Jean Anne Booth.  Click here to read the full article. Today, StartUp Health, its global army of Health Transformers and Vice President of the United States Joe Biden kicked off the 14th annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit sharing an urgent message with nearly 2,000 health leaders, CEOs, and entrepreneurs: the time is now to organize, break down silos, and adopt a “Health Transformer Mindset” to speed up progress in solving big health challenges like ending cancer, ensuring access to care, and improving the wellbeing of people worldwide. For the fourth consecutive year, StartUp Health’s Health Transformer Showcase kicked off the Medical Innovation Summit featuring 15 Health Transformers and a keynote from StartUp Health CEO and Co-founder, Steven Krein, where he shared a five-year update on their bold 25-year master plan. “In 2011, StartUp Health launched an ambitious movement to organize and support a global army of Health Transformers with the long-term goal of improving the health and wellbeing of everyone in the world,” said Steven. “Over the past five years, we’ve organized thousands of entrepreneurs, innovators and organizations committed to transforming health. In addition to rapidly growing this global force, StartUp Health and our partners are investing in and focusing on 10 Health Moonshots, each which will impact billions of people.” StartUp Health’s army of Health Transformers and network is organized around 10 Health Moonshot themes, all of which are connected and integral to... read more

UnaliWear Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) in: “The Business of Aging”

We at UnaliWear would like to thank all the parties involved to include us as a mention in the Wall Street Journal in the article:  “The Business of Aging”.   You can read the complete article here:  http://partners.wsj.com/pgim/the-business-of-aging/ By 2030, the number of Americans over the age of 65 is expected to top 70 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For investors, one of the biggest challenges will be understanding the implications of where and how those millions of people will live. Historically, as people aged they moved to assisted-living communities and long-term care facilities. But in the next 20 years, researchers predict the aging population will have different requirements for how they live. For example, as seniors begin to outnumber younger generations, industry watchers expect to see an exponential increase in demand for senior housing as the need for such developments as student housing, shared rental units and first homes declines. In fact, Census Bureau analysts expect that U.S. home ownership rates will continue to decline from their peak in 2005 of 69.1 percent as younger generations opt for apartments and shared living spaces over buying a home. The real estate industry is responding to this shift with greater focus on accessible retail locations, home working environments and less traditional retirement communities. … Technology is already changing how health care is accessed and delivered. Tablets and hand-held computers are standard features in examination rooms today, giving doctors and other health care professionals immediate access to patient history, lab results and current medications to help diagnose and treat patients more quickly and efficiently. And most medical practices already... read more

Newly funded UnaliWear launches market test

Company’s Kanega offers independence, dignity, says JeanAnne Booth. AUSTIN, Tex. – With new funding in hand and a test underway, UnaliWear is poised to hit the market with its Kanega smart watch early next year. The company recently closed the first $2.1 million tranche of a $3.5 million Series A round of funding. The money will allow the company to move forward with market testing on 6,600 people. “Our first step is a 600-person user experience at the end of this month,” said JeanAnne Booth, UnaliWear founder and CEO. The initial test for the Kanega will include participants in the United States aged 23 to 97. UnaliWear is targeting a large market for the Kanega—not just seniors, but people with Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Parkinson’s Disease and Down syndrome, blind people and disabled veterans. “When we talk about vulnerable populations, people tend to automatically think of senior citizens, but it’s much broader than that,” Booth said. Connected by an AT&T cellular network, the Kanega looks just like a traditional watch, and uses an easy speech interface rather than buttons or touch screens. It learns the wearer’s lifestyle to provide predictive, pre-emptive support, such as directions home or notification of gait or speech changes that may be signs of a medical problem such as stroke. Booth developed the Kanega watch after her own mother wasn’t willing to wear available emergency alert products because she didn’t like the way they looked. “The big help button on most products is socially stigmatizing,” Booth said. The Kanega also features a patent-pending battery system in the band so wearers don’t need to take off the... read more

Jean Anne Booth, CEO of UnaliWear Featured in 7 Lessons that Any Entrepreneur Should Know

Jean Anne Booth, CEO of UnaliWear, was featured in 7 Lessons that Any Entrepreneur Should Know and the original article can be read here:  http://www.leverage-pr.com/7-lessons-entrepreneur-know/ Another successful panel put on by Health Tech Austin yielded discussion on everything from regulation to funding when it comes to taking your product and innovation to market. Three entrepreneurs and current CEOs participated – Jean Anne Booth of UnaliWear, Chris Loughlin of RxWiki and Zac Jiwa of MI7. Here are seven lessons we took away: Screw it, just do it All three panelists noted past experiences with the healthcare industry as influences in their path to disrupt the industry. Loughlin advised listeners to jump right in, discuss their product with their target market and be willing to put in the work. Booth agreed that tenacity was necessary, while Jiwa credited great mentors as an influence in his early success. Stealing is very, very good in business Certainly an interesting, but entertaining way to describe the “fast follower strategy” outlined by Booth. Panelists said that if someone else has paid to create a market, it is smart to follow up with your more efficient product. According to Jiwa, “If you have to educate your market you might be dead.” Taking advantage of an established market is key. Time is your worst enemy Booth wished that she had been aware of the reality of how much time it takes to raise capital. Having both knowledge and realistic expectations about obtaining funding from angel investors and VCs is very important. Laughlin believes that releasing a simple product into the market to see if it gets any... read more

UnaliWear Featured in TechSpace Blog: 14 Austin Startups to Watch Out for in 2017

UnaliWear was featured in TechSpace Blog Post: 14 Austin Startups to Watch Out for in 2017.   With its low cost of living, high quality of life, growing cultural scene and plethora of university educated talent, Austin continues to shine as a startup destination. The home of the SXSW festival now has a higher density of startups than Silicon Valley, according to research by the Munday School of Business at St. Edward’s University. Not only has the city been rated as the best in which to start a business in the U.S. by the likes of CNBC, but its startups are also some of the fastest growing in the country. With growth rates of 81.2 percent this year’s Kauffman Growth Entrepreneurship Index puts Austin as the second fastest growing city in America, as well as the best place to start a small business. Here’s a look at some of the innovative Austin-based startups you may be hearing a lot more about in the next few months… UnaliWear UnaliWear creates wearables for seniors, physically disabled and other vulnerable individuals. Their first product is the discreet and stylish voice controlled Kanega watch that allows its users to call for emergency assistance from anywhere. The watch can also guide people to a specific destination or back home. Funding: $4.1M in 4 Rounds from 4 Investors You can read the full article here – https://www.techspace.com/blog/14-austin-startups-to-watch-out-for-in-2017/... read more

Thank you Austin Business Journal for mentioning UnaliWear in Austin wearables startup secures more funding; inks production deal in China

Thank you Austin Business Journal (ABJ) for mentioning UnaliWear in “Austin wearables startup secures more funding; inks production deal in China”. When Austin venture capitalist Sara Brand wrapped up her $4.7 million capital raise in August for her debut investment fund, she knew instinctively she would reach out to Jean Anne Booth. A couple of phone calls and meetings later, Brand, founder of Austin’s True Wealth Ventures, has just made her firm’s first $500,000 investment in Booth’s three-year-old Austin startup, UnaliWear, which has created the Kanega smart watch aimed at senior citizens who still live independently or people of any age with physical limitations.   The full article is available here here:  http://www.bizjournals.com/bizwomen/news/profiles-strategies/2016/10/austin-these-two-women-think-its-time-for-a-smart.html   Also, we would like to thank Sara Brand with True Wealth Ventures for helping UnaliWear extend dignity to seniors.... read more

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