Finalist Q&A: SafeLyfe Personal Security

Safelyfe provides a free service that allows individuals to contact family, friends or neighbors in case of an emergency by just pressing a single button on their cell phones.

Idea Cafe: How did you come up with the idea for your business, and what were your influences and sources of motivation?

Alma Ohene-Opare: The idea came to me one night after hearing of an amber alert for a missing child. Having two kids of my own, it struck me that as a society we are not doing as much as we can to protect the most vulnerable among us. My hope was to create a system that gives children, the elderly and anyone who wishes another avenue from which to seek help in an emergency.

What do you consider to be a unique feature of your business?

My business is unique because it does not require individuals to purchase any new equipment. Our service transforms the users cell phone, making it possible for them to contact family, friends and 911 simultaneously by just pushing a single button. By giving users this ability we make it possible for them to alert loved ones of their emergency literally within seconds of its occurrence and significantly raise their chances of receiving the help they need.

What are your thoughts on the future of small businesses in a slowing economy and their importance to the vitality of the local community?

I believe that small businesses are the light at the end of the tunnel in a slowing economy. Necessity is indeed the mother of invention and in this time of great need, the inventions of small businesses is what will eventually help rebuild the waning public confidence.

Why should the Idea Cafe regulars vote for you?

Crime is rampant in our neighborhoods. From home invasions to child abductions; from domestic violence to armed robbery, the desperation and stress people are facing today is fueling new waves of crime. Voting for SafeLyfe Personal Security will help defend your right to personal safety by empowering you with a system that could be the difference between life and death in an emergency.


So many people have a cell

So many people have a cell phone for those "just in case" moments. But whose says your going to be able to judge a 3 to 7 digit number? One button is all you should need. Alma's idea is so simple that it's visionary.

"Judge".....I meant dial.

"Judge".....I meant dial.

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