Burlington, ON, September 17, 2019 – Kidictive Inc. joins the TechPlace LaunchPad Program
Oakville based start-up, Kidictive Inc., is the 14th company to join the TechPlace LaunchPad Program. Founded in 2017, Kidictive’s focus is to bring back “old school” play, using technology to help kids put down their devices and get “addicted” to the real world around them. In May 2019, Kidictive launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise awareness and funds for the KIDICTED™ App. KIDICTED™ inspires kids to PLAY, CREATE, IMAGINE, DISCOVER and CONNECT in the real world by meeting them where they already are, on their devices. The more real world activities kids log, the more virtual points they can earn to outfit their avatar and share their experiences with connected friends.
Kidictive have already leveraged a number of programs including The University of Waterloo Accelerator Centre Startup Studio and the Haltech Start Me Up! Clinic. They were also the recipients of the Ontario Creates Interactive Digital Media Fund Grant for $39,000 and the OCE SmartStart Seed Fund. Only approximately a third of all OCE SmartStart Seed Fund applicants receive funding. “Laura (McLaughlin, Co-Founder and COO) and I are so happy to be a part of the TechPlace LaunchPad program” said Co-Founder and CEO Michelle Gorman, “we have used the TechPlace facilities as an Endorsed User since we joined in 2018. Having a private office and deeper-rooted access to the space will launch our company to its next stage of growth.”
Kidictive moved into their TechPlace LaunchPad office just days before The Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion made the August 8th announcement of a $307,800 investment in Haltech to create Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs. “Being co-located with Haltech will give Kidictive the opportunity to leverage new resources, put in place because of this funding, alongside the diverse resources available to companies already through the TechPlace and City of Burlington connection,” said BEDC Acting Executive Director, Anita Cassidy, “Kidictive is gearing for growth. Their commitment to leveraging funding programs and ability to secure grants demonstrates their future potential to expand. With these investments, they have secured their partnership with a CTO and funded Digital Illustration and Marketing projects to complete their MVP. With KIDICTED™ scheduled Fall launch, Kidictive’s goal is to grow their team to 3 additional full-time employees and reach over 100K unique downloads in 2020 as they continue to expand their market reach.”
Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward launched the Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force (RTRC) in early 2019 with the goal to develop actionable solutions to keep Burlington Open for Business. “Through the RTRC, Burlington is working to better support businesses in the community. TechPlace is key resource for new and growing companies and the RTRC will help remove red tape and support Kidictive as they grow,” and continued “the addition of a female lead LaunchPad is fantastic news for Burlington’s innovation ecosystem.”
Growing technology companies interested in joining the LaunchPad program at TechPlace are encouraged to learn more about eligibility requirements and apply online. Visit http://techplace.ca/launchpads/ to learn more.
About Kidictive Inc
Kidictive Inc. was founded in September 2017 to help parents create a tech balanced life for their families. KIDICTED™ is Kidictive Inc.’s first product which is targeted to launch in the Fall 2019. The KIDICTED™ App helps kids put down their devices by inspiring them to PLAY, CREATE, IMAGINE, DISCOVER and CONNECT. Kidictive Inc., a Tech Place LaunchPad client, is a proud member of the Haltech Regional Innovation Centre and are recent recipients of Ontario Creates and OCE SmartStart grants which have helped fund their concept development.
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