Leap, a platform for individuals over 55 to be taught through social interplay, has raised $3.1 million in a seed spherical led by European early-stage investor Creandum and SF-based South Park Commons. Additionally taking part was Study Begin/Study Capital, alongside angels Michelle Kennedy (Peanut founder), Sahil Lavingia and Tim Tuttle.
Leap members collect on-line to collectively “be taught, join and develop collectively,” says the corporate, through small on-line teams constructed round shared pursuits. Customers join over audio and video, in teams of between 5 and 10. The present beta options conversations and lessons hosted by specifically recruited members.
Leap was based by Swedish entrepreneur Caroline Ingeborn, former CEO of Toca Boca, a Swedish app improvement studio that builds studying apps for teenagers, and Vishal Kapur, former CTO and co-founder of Screenhero, which was acquired by Slack in 2015. The 2 founders met by means of South Park Commons, an intentional studying neighborhood that practices most of the ideas utilized in Leap.
In a press release, Ingeborn mentioned: “Once I checked out different on-line choices created for this demographic, I didn’t really feel that they notably inspired significant connections. Teams described as ‘small’ have been usually bursting on the seams, and experiences usually felt flimsy and random. In most situations, it felt like we have been all simply alone, collectively. It motivated me to create one thing much more tailor-made and intimate.”
Fredrik Cassel, normal companion at Creandum, added: “Leap is focusing on an fascinating section of society: retirees – the wealthiest and fastest-growing demographic who’ve been largely missed by tech builders. It’s a era of individuals with appreciable time, vitality, and spending energy which have smartphones at their fingertips. The various founding crew satisfied us with their willpower and distinctive experiences to construct a product that’s actually participating.”