Posted on Oct 26, 2011

Caregiver Watch, Maker of Meredeth Rowe’s Trademarked AlzAlert™, Selected as Florida IDEA Semi-finalist

Caregiver Watch, Maker of Meredeth Rowe’s Trademarked AlzAlert™, Selected as Florida IDEA Semi-finalist

Florida IDEA has selected 14 semi-finalists to compete in its inaugural grants cycle providing seed and early-stage financing to technology companies. Of the 14 semi-finalists is Caregiver Watch, a small business owned by Meredeth A. Rowe, PhD, RN, FGSA, FAAN, University of South Florida College of Nursing Professor and Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing Science. Caregiver Watch produces AlzAlert™, a night home monitoring system developed by Dr. Rowe.

Meredeth A. Rowe College of Nursing at the University of South Florida Professor and Lewis and Leona Hughes Endowed Chair in Nursing Science

Dr. Rowe’s national renown research and work with people with cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease or autism, and their caregivers led to the development of AlzAlert™. The system can be used to manage nighttime activity of those with cognitive impairment, thus reducing injuries and giving the caregiver peace of mind.

“Additional tools and techniques for caregivers of cognitively impaired people will be an enormous benefit to the greater Tampa Bay area,” said Dr. Rowe.

Florida IDEA grant semi-finalists were chosen from 48 applications received from Central Florida-based entrepreneurs and companies focused on information technology, medical devices or material sciences. Grant winner(s) will be announced by early November. The grants, which are up to $50,000 per recipient, support business plan research and development, reduce risk of early failure and advance projects to the point of suitability for angel or venture capital investment.

The Florida IDEA grants program was introduced by IDEA Fund Partners, a venture capital firm providing seed and early-stage financing to technology companies throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, in partnership with the Community Foundation of Central Florida, Rollins Crummer School of Business, Orlando, Inc. and Metro Orlando EDC to find and accelerate new high-growth companies in Central Florida.