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GrandCare’s new CEO shares capital raise strategy with the Business Journal

GrandCare Systems raising $2 million

Senior Reporter-Milwaukee Business Journal
GrandCare Systems, a West Bend home-health-monitoring software firm, is raising $2 million in capital to fund what its new CEO Dan Maynard predicts will be ten-fold sales growth this year.Maynard, 46, joined GrandCare Jan. 1 after serving as president, CEO and adviser to Brookfield-based software firm Connecture Inc., which provides a point-of-sale program that steers consumers through insurance choices.The company developed cloud-based technology that enables remote monitoring of patients with chronic health problems who are at home, in long-term care or in hospice. GrandCare installs its software on laptop-style computers and ships them from leased space in the basement of the BMO Harris Bank office in downtown West Bend.

3c6c370The company has 20 employees and Maynard predicts employment will grow to 40 within the next year. Currently, 1,000 of its units are in use, and Maynard expects that number to reach 10,000 within the next year.

GrandCare’s growth will come through new customer relationships both in the domestic and international markets, Maynard told me

In the United States, the company has signed distribution deals with health-insurance giant UnitedHealthcare … On the consumer front, GrandCare’s products will be available through Amazon.com’s 50 Plus section…

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GrandCare is sponsoring the 9th Annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit – next month!

This year’s Summit theme is What’s Next: The New Normal. It will showcase the groundswell in social media, the surge in the services economy and the rise of the independent sector.

2012 What’s Next Boomer Business Summit
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Marriott Wardman Park, Washington, DC

Besides fantastic networking, the educational sessions provided at What’s Next Boomer Summit are top notch. Featuring speakers from companies such as the National Alliance for Caregiving, Forbes Magazine, AARP, United Health Group, GrandCare Systems, CNN, Best Buy, Google, Best Buy, etc.  See the full educational agenda here
GrandCare is sponsoring the What’s Next Boomer Summit next month in Washington, DC. It’s not too late to register to attend, exhibit or sponsor this event.  Touted as one of the best networking events of the year, this conference is not to be missed.  The event is sponsored by AARP as well as United Health Group, Continuum Crew, Caring.com, General Mills, MetLife, etc.  See a full listing of sponsors here


What’s Next Boomer Summit Flyer


There are great opportunities to exhibit your technology at this conference…For additional exhibit information and pricing, please contact:

Jo Anne Morrison

Boomers and seniors are facing the daunting reality of the downshift in the prospects of the US economy. They face smaller returns on savings, pensions in doubt and underfunded, unanticipated caregiving costs that last decades, not years, combined with an increasing financial responsibility for adult children, grandchildren, and extended families. This is causing a shift in how they plan, spend, learn, and save. Discover the brands that are rising to the occasion to serve their needs. Discover how they are using online tools to manage money and evaluate credit and other banking options. Learn where they are shopping online and offline and discover how marketers are reaching them and learn what consumer protection groups are putting in place to protect them from fraud. Also, learn about the growth of emerging markets and the global aging landscape.

For more information visit: boomersummit.com

Calling all Aging Start-Ups!!! Business Plan Competition!


Do you have a business plan or startup venture that shows significant business potential for the burgeoning baby boomer market, which represents more than $2 trillion in spending power? We invite you to enter your business plan for the 2010 Silicon Valley Boomer Business Plan Competition. From early-stage ventures in medicine to media, fashion to financial services and beyond, the 2011 Boomer Business Plan Competition aims to generate the best ideas from the best universities and tap into the business expertise and creativity of entrepreneurs around the globe.

Based on the feedback received from some participants, we are announcing slight changes in the competition format and dates. We have consolidated Round 1 and Round 2 of the business-plan competition. For the combined round, we will accept up to a 20-page business-plan (page-count includes the executive summary and financials) until May 12, 5 PM PDT.

We would love to know the people behind these business-plans, so we would prefer (not required) if you could submit a short (up to 2 minutes) video. (You can email the video, or upload a You Tube clip).


  1. You are welcome to submit a 2-minute video or a You Tube clip (turn the settings to private) which includes:
    1. Entrepreneur name
    2. University affiliation (if any)
    3. Elevator pitch, including statement on why this product fits boomer market
  2. A 20-page business plan, which includes the financials and executive summary. We will accept your entries till May 12 at 5 PDT. Please email your plans to svboomerventure@gmail.com.

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Why you should attend the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit

The Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit & Business Plan Competition is for entrepreneurs & venture capitalists who serve the baby boomer market. June 15/2011

This year, GrandCare’s VP of Marketing (Laura Mitchell) will be attending as a judge for the event.

This is another of Mary Furlong’s events and NOT TO BE MISSED!  Just finished attending the “What’s Next Boomer Summit” last week in San Francisco!  It was not only incredibly well organized, but fantastic speakers, panels and great networking!  Sponsored by AARP, United Health Group, Continuum Crew, Southwest Airlines, First Street, Caring.com and First Republic Bank.


Meet the venture capitalists and corporate venture capitalists who can fund your boomer/senior caregiving venture

  1. Learn how to accelerate sales in your boomer/senior caregiving venture
  2. Discover how to meet the caregiver customer online and through workforce channels
  3. Learn how to reach the boomer, senior and caregiver through print, online media and partnerships
  4. Discover the latest research about the 78 million-strong boomer market
  5. Meet the angels who fund early-stage ventures
  6. Gain the latest insights how corporations are using cause related marketing to serve the needs of boomers, seniors and caregivers
  7. Find out how to accelerate your AARP partnership; discover their latest market research
  8. Secure the funding base of your nonprofit organization by developing partnerships that work
  9. Network, network, network!

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Register to attend: http://scuboomerventure.eventbrite.com/


June 14-15, 2011
Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA


Network with the leading venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, researchers, analysts and marketers addressing the needs of the 50+ demographic as well as key members of the media who report on aging, health, finance, technology and care giving.
Hear about the latest trends in the field of aging from key strategic partners in the non-profit sector.
Discover the latest in mobile and digital advertising trends; the newest distribution channels in the start-up world; and the tips and tricks that will help you grow your business.

Fri 12-10-10 GrandCare speaks at Chicago LSN Tech Conference

Where: Hyatt Lodge, Oak Brook, IL
Who: GrandCare Founder, Charlie Hillman and GrandCare Director of Business Relations, Laura Mitchell
What: LSN Tech Conference in Chicago

Educational Session
8C | 1.5 CEs 9:30am – 11:00am
Person-Centered Technologies for those Living Independently
Hear about the potential growth in the aging/technology industry that is predicted to reach $20 billion by 2020 according to industry analyst, Laurie Orlov.
Learn about technologies currently available on the market including ADL monitoring, medication management, fall detection, brain fitness and socialization technologies.
Describe remote environmental sensing, passive physiological sensing, artificial intelligence, and networking technologies that allow a caregiver to remotely and passively monitor a loved-one without compromising dignity or privacy.
Discuss technologies that focus on the importance of an active body, mind and soul by simultaneously addressing the loneliness and social isolation associated with aging.
Recognize how aging service providers can incorporate these technologies to better serve your current and potential clients.

Faculty: Laura Mitchell, Director of Business Relations, GrandCare Systems & Director on Aging Technology Alliance Board, Charlie Hillman, Founder & CEO of GrandCare Systems & CAST Commissioner, Pramod Gaur, PhD, Vice President Telehealth, UnitedHealth Group (invited)

GrandCare Systems – Scheduled to Speak & Exhibit at 2nd Annual Digital Health Summit at CES

West Bend, WI, 2010 – GrandCare Systems is scheduled to exhibit in the Aging Technology Alliance Pavilion (AgeTek) and speak in the Silvers Summit at the 2011 International CES on January 7, 2011 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, LVCC North Hall, BOOTH 2812.

The one–day Digital Health & Silvers Summit and exhibition of more than 65 companies will bring together healthcare industry executives developers, manufacturers, buyers, distributors, service providers, academicians, and more, to examine the fast-growing digital health industry, and take a look at the trends and technologies leading the way and explore its future.

“CES is shaping up to be the premier event for digital health,” said GrandCare founder, Charlie Hillman. “I am appreciative and encouraged by industry giants like UnitedHealth Group, who are leading the way with their presence and sponsorship in the aging and technology field.”

Industry leader, GrandCare Systems, will provide full demonstrations of Aging in Place Communication/Cognition/ADL Monitoring and Tele-Wellness Assessment technology. Dealer/Reseller Opportunities are available. GrandCare has been available for sale since 2006 and has dealers and resellers throughout the United States and Canada. AgeTek Pavilion participants include: GrandCare Systems , Presto, Bath Packs and Wellcore.

The Digital Health & Silvers Summit exhibit hall is open January 6 – 9, 2011) and will complement the one-day event and showcase today’s generation of companies addressing a variety of industry needs. Products and services highlighted include those addressing managed care, patient/doctor communication, shorter hospital stays and faster recovery time, lowered costs for health insurance, early prevention and detection, digital patient information records, medical attention over distances, and diagnosing and battling disease. Now in its second year, The Digital Health Summit at CES focuses on the growing market of consumer-based innovations that sit at the convergence of technology and healthcare. For more information about the Digital Health Summit, including agenda and list of exhibiting companies, visit: http://digitalhealthsummit.com/.

About GrandCare Systems
GrandCare Systems is a caregiving and communications TOOL, designed to enhance familial and caregiving relationships while giving Loved Ones and their Care-Partners desired “peace of mind”, freedom, dignity and entertainment.
Using a series of wireless Activity and Tele-wellness sensors, GrandCare can notify care-partners if anything seems amiss, while allowing loved ones to receive pictures, messages, emails, reminders, calendar events, family videos and more on a simple to use, interactive touch panel. The Loved One can play interactive games like solitaire and tic-tac-toe, check news headlines, see weather reports, listen to favorite music and even have 2-way virtual video visits with family…all without having to know ANYTHING about using a computer.

For more information:
Laura Mitchell
Director of Business Relations
GrandCare Systems