Carolina Nursing doctoral student and Hillman Scholar receives funding for healthcare startup

PhD student and Hillman Scholar Stephanie Betancur, BSN, RN, was recently selected as the recipient of a 1789 Student Venture Fund award in support of Nursemate, a healthcare startup aimed at connecting patients and caregivers to same-day nursing care services. The mobile and web-based platform allows users to search by service and location helping both patients and caregivers to connect instantly in a more accessible and convenient way.

Betancur points to the state of the nursing and health care industries as a driving factors in creating the platform.

“Nursing professionals have reported feelings of burnout, being undervalued, overworked, and underpaid especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are ready for career opportunities that offer a better work environment. Nursemate will offer these nursing professionals thousands of opportunities, all at their fingertips, and will give them control and agency to manage their careers outside of healthcare institutions and agencies.”

She hopes it can bring some big changes to how we provide and seek care.

“With Nursemate, nursing professionals can extend care beyond hospital walls to wherever patients reside. It will drive healthcare transformation through an on-demand service model, enhance the patient experience at home, improve the health of populations by decreasing hospital admissions/readmissions, reduce per capita costs, and enhance the caregiver experience while decreasing caregiver burnout by lending a helping hand. At Nursemate, we want to empower nursing professionals who want to take control of their work schedules and clients (patients and caregivers) who want to take control of their home health care.”

The 1789 Student Venture Fund is operated by Innovate Carolina and 1789 Hub and provides Carolina students with critical seed funding to explore, test, and launch commercial startups or social ventures at their earliest stages. Along with the funding, Betancur will receive additional resources that include entrepreneurial mentors, professional service providers, networking opportunities, and other tools and activities. Dr. Ashley Leak Bryant is Betancur’s dissertation co-chair and one of five advisors for the healthcare startup. 

The Nursemate pilot program will launch during the Summer of 2022. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more or participating in the pilot program as a patient, caregiver, or nursing professional (e.g., RNs, LPNs, CNAs) please contact Stephanie at