Tauranga startup business secures major funding



3rd Dec 2014

Katikati-based technology entrepreneur Simon McDonald has set up a new venture fund, ZapCap Investments.

Dr McDonald has made a $250,000 investment in an innovative combined medical alarm and tracking device to aid carers of elderly persons or those with disabilities.

Worn as a watch or a cell phone, the Clevercare medical alarm incorporates GPS tracking, which provides the user’s location and can send an alert if a person enters or leaves a pre-determined boundary.

Ms Johnston and her husband, Dylan, a software developer, with Thailand-based software developer Paul Dunkin, are former Katikati College students.

The Johnstons recently moved to Hamilton, but the team’s social-media marketer, Ben Smith, is based in Tauranga and the idea first got traction at last year’s Tauranga Startup Weekend, where it placed third. Launched in January and originally branded Smartcare, the company had to rebrand as Clevercare when a name conflict emerged. More…

Written by David Porter for The Bay of Plenty Times.