There have been several startups and companies that have tried to provide a social network for parenting. There have been another handful of startups that have tried to be the “amazon” of this or that for children’s activities. Take Cubspot for instance, in March of 2017 they were just launching, with a planned nationwide expansion of their “Amazon for summer camps”. By the end of April they had closed down.
There’s still another set of startups that serve as directories for classes and activities, and a few more for finding childcare.
You may naturally think that niche is the best way to go for the world of parenting, children and teachers. But just think about that for a second. You couldn’t be further from the truth. What kid, what parent, what family, needs just one thing.
That’s just part of grovvup (pronounced grow up), a company Daniel Barenboym debuted in 2012. When you go to grovvup.com you’ll find an amazing directory of just about every service, activity, and place for children, parents and families within your selected radius. It’s like Google Maps for kids. Whether you’re searching for a soccer program, an pottery class or a HAM radio license, if it’s in your area with children and kids, you’ll find it on grovvup.
For Barenboym and millions of other parents, this concept is simple. Your kids tastes and preferences change practically daily. Grovvup provides one platform to find all the things. Our daughter for instance loves; camping, videography, electric guitar, pottery, art and dancing. No other platform in the world is going to have the answer for all of those activities.
So Grovvup is a localized, easy to use directory of everything kid related. But in the words of the late great Billy Mays, “but wait there’s more, and a whole lot more actually”.
The directory part of Grovvup is great but it’s also a communication tool that anyone who cares for children or teaches children can use to communicate directly with parents. According to his Linkedin page, this was a real problem for Barenboym, a problem that millions of other parents face every day.
Like many parents, Barenboym and his wife were very busy with work. They felt like ‘the communication provided to us by school and afterschool activities lacked structure, consistency and personal touch” Barenboym said.
Whether you’re running an after school soccer league, karate class or rec center, Grovvup gives you the communication tools you need to have important, regular communication with parents. They’ve even made it so simple that you can do it with one hand, a couple of swipes and a couple of clicks.
We told you there was even more…
Barenboym and his company Collective Learning, wanted to expand the reach of the Grovvup platform. With a platform so easy that a “non-techie” piano teacher could embrace it, they decided to create Grovvup for teachers.
Grovvup for teachers is available in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play store. It’s an app that gives teachers, regardless of the kind of school they teach in, the ability to communicate with parents. It also has important features like:
- Student Check-in: an easy to use attendance tool that can instantly notify parents of their son or daughters attendance or absence.
- Class Blast: A tool that allows teachers to send messages to an entire class, and even include pictures
- Personal Communication: Teachers can communicate one on one with each child’s parents without ever having to leave the app.
Grovvup is about convenience, safety and communication. Find out how teachers everywhere can use Grovvup at FETC 2018 in Orlando Florida, January 23-26th, in the Startup pavilion, booth #2011E and online at grovvup.com