Local Women Show Initial Success In Launching Baby-Sitting App

By Theresa Cottom
The Akron Beacon Journal

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) Two Ohio women are taking an issue they know very well (childcare) and coming up with a creative tech savvy solution (a baby-sitting app). “Komae” is an app that creates a baby-sitting ecosystem among families. The app is empowering women and MEN! to exchange points with one another to trade baby-sitting duties instead of hiring a sitter. 

The Akron Beacon Journal

When Akron-area women Amy Husted and Audrey Wallace arrived at the Female Entrepreneurship Summit in Cleveland last October, the only thing they knew about elevator pitches is what they learned binge-watching ABC’s Shark Tank the week before.

“We walked in with no pitch,” Husted said. “We didn’t even know what would be in a pitch.”

The morning of the summit, representatives from Kent State gave a crash course on how to pitch an idea. That afternoon, the two stood in front of a panel of female entrepreneurs to pitch Komae, their baby-sitting app.

They walked out of the summit knowing how to pitch their company — so well, in fact, that they won a $10,000 check to help fund their startup.

Since then, Husted and Wallace have had a number of successes in their journey to launch their startup, which will begin its beta testing — testing carried out by real users in a real environment — in May.

Komae is an app that creates a baby-sitting ecosystem among families. Parents exchange points with one another to trade baby-sitting duties instead of hiring a baby sitter. Komae is a version of the Greek word kómé, meaning “village,” as in “it takes a village to raise a child.”

Husted and Wallace met in 2009. They attended Grace Church in Bath Township, where they both led groups.

“We always found ourselves planning events together. We just naturally, because we had different skill sets, would always land on teams working together,” Husted said.

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