- Plantation, Florida-based technology platform company BabySparks announced it raised $2 million to help children reach their full potential
BabySparks — a Plantation, Florida-based technology platform that supports early development through meaningful play — announced it raised $2 million in a seed round of funding led by Ocean Azul Partners.
How does BabySparks work? The company develops technology-enabled tools to help parents and caregivers in multiple languages and supports the early development of their young children. And using a proprietary smart adaptive technology, BabySparks’ platform learns the development profile of each child and identifies specific needs. Then it provides parents and caregivers with a customized program to support those needs. The BabySparks app has been downloaded over 3.5 million times in 180 countries.
“With the support of our seed investors, we’re accelerating the development of our product, adding content for new age ranges, and expanding our team. Parents love what we do, and we are very grateful for the 4.6 rating we’ve received in the app store from over 21,000 of our users. We are committed to helping every child reach his or her full potential,” said Gustavo Rodriguez, — the founder and CEO of BabySparks. “85% of our children’s brains are formed by age 3. Parents and caregivers can significantly impact this process by frequently interacting with them in meaningful ways. BabySparks leverages the latest research to help parents and caregivers do exactly that. We love the feedback we get from the parents and caregivers about our platform!”
The seed round was led by Ocean Azul Partners and was also joined by Miami Angels, Kairos, Marstar Investments (Steven Finn and Brian Finn), Louis Kreisberg, and Steve Goodman.
“It is simply amazing to see what Gustavo and his team have been able to accomplish to date,” added Salomon Sredni — a partner at Ocean Azul Partners, “We love how helpful their platform is to parents and caregivers, and love to hear the praise they get from users worldwide. Helping children reach their potential is no easy task but they are clearly getting there one child at a time!”
Recently, BabySparks was named as one of the most promising education tech startups in the world by the Global EdTech Startup Awards. And the company was selected as part of the Miami500 Startups inaugural Growth Cohort and named one of 50 Companies Changing the World as part of the Kairos 50 (featured in Inc Magazine).
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