Chicago Startup Roundup: For Parents and Kids

March 28, 2012 | By | 1 Comment

Kids are big business, so of all the target areas in the  Chicago Startup Catalog, we weren’t surprised to see that the ratio of funding for parent and child-focused startups is disproportionately high compared to other vertical markets. It’s rare that we are able do a roundup that has this kind of funding success. Worthy of note: BabbaCo, BFF Gemz, Readeo, and Alltuition all come from the Sandbox Industries portfolio.

 

30 SECOND MOM 


30 Second Mom is a mobile site geared towards moms on the go. The site features tips and advice on a variety of topics like food, health, networking, and directions, all designed to get users the info…

 

BABBACO 


Targeting parents with young children, BabbaCo’s subscription service delivers the BabbaBox: a kit that includes researched, age appropriate activities, stories, downloads and craft materials. The Bab…

 

BFF GEMZ


eMotion’s first product, BFF Gemz, is social networking with a necklace for girls aged 7-11. You add friends with your Gemz pendant face to face and automatically become friends online on bffgemz.com. …

 

BANK BADGER 


BankBadger is a website that allows parents to provide their children with an online banking experience. The parents are in charge of the account and funds represented in the profile, while kids learn…

 

CAPTAINU


CaptainU’s software helps high school athletes get recruited by college sports teams. CaptainU helps users through every step of the process, providing weekly suggestions on how to get recruited. The …

 

READEO


Through a feature called BookChatting, Readeo provides families and children a highly interactive video chatting experience that combines face-to-face video chat with an online reading experience. Rea…

 

SITTERCITY


Sittercity is an online source for child care, pet care, senior care, housesitting, housekeeping and tutoring. Users search the Sittercity.com using a four-step screening process: checking references,…

 

ALLTUITION


Alltuition is a financial aid planning tool that helps students and families organize and understand education costs. Alltuition has top financial advisors on staff in order for users to manage all as…

 

KICKSPROUT


KickSprout provides online social network for parents to plan events and share ideas. Along with parenting focused blog articles, KickSprout hosts forums for users to connect with one another and shar…

 

RATEMYCOACHES


RateMyCoaches is a site for members of high school, college and club sports teams to rate and give feedback on their coaches. Players use RateMyCoaches’ criteria like “Knowledge of the Game,” “Charact…

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  1. Great to see Chicago blossom as an incubator! We just started mydigitalfamily.org and have a great new iPad app in the store that is now free – ZillyDilly ™ the World’s First Media Manager for Chidren.
    My best
    Dr.S

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