Parents in the 21st Century face the challenge of monitoring their children's internet use.
For the Pereas, their experiences led them to invent a smart phone app.
"One night we saw our kid was playing video games in the middle of the night and on a school night. We busted him and we said, 'Ya know, we gotta get better controls on stuff,'" said the Pereas, MCP Networks and Aerez co-founders and creators.
Marc and Candice, a web developer and network engineer, started working on Aerez, a smart phone application that allows you to pause the internet throughout your home with the tap of a button, set up bedtime blockers, one-click setting parental controls and more.
With the help of Innovate ND, the couple got their new company, MCP Networks off the ground-offering faster service and very soon... Aerez.
"Right now, literally today, we've got trial and Beta users that we bought on board for free and they're testing our stuff out running us through our paces," said Marc Perea.
The Pereas have also entered their company into a national competition to win a $25,000 grant. They hope to use the money to grow the company and Aerez.
"We definitely want to bring technology jobs to Minot. We definitely want to work on expanding our product into other areas such as education libraries and schools, businesses," said Candice Perea.
The Pereas made the top 15 out of hundreds of candidates. The couple needs the public to vote to help bring Aerez to homes in Minot and all over the country.
Voters have five days to cast their votes. You can find out more about the contest and its entries on the 1 Million Cups website: http://kauffman.us.launchpad6.com/