KARRI raises £775K for smart walkie-talkie for kids

The device provides peace of mind without the distractions and dangers associated with traditional open internet screen-based devices.
KARRI raises £775K for smart walkie-talkie for kids

KARRI, a startup developing a smart walkie-talkie for children, has raised £775,000 in Pre-Seed funding. 

Parents of young children often want to give them more freedom and independence to roam with their friends in local neighbourhoods but are also increasingly wary of giving them screen-based devices like smartphones that expose them to the full internet. 

KARRI has built a simple and reliable solution by providing a data-enabled walkie-talkie for children, which is securely integrated with a smartphone app for parents.

Designed for children aged four to ten, the robust and waterproof device which allows children to send messages simply by pushing a button and speaking. 

KARRI's walkie-talkie looks far more high tech than those of my childhood. 

Parents can receive and send messages back via the KARRI app, and track their kids’ location via GPS. For additional security, parents can enable geo-fencing to demarcate a “safe zone” and be automatically notified if their child roams beyond this area. 

Kids can also use their KARRI like a classic walkie-talkie and communicate with one another in channels, as well as with their parents and relatives, all securely managed via the KARRI smartphone app for parents.

According to Pete Clifford, KARRI founder and Managing Director:

"It is our core belief that we have overprotected children in the real world while underprotecting them in the virtual world. KARRI is designed to help redress this imbalance by eliminating the need to give young children a smartphone. 

Parents are increasingly concerned about their children's online safety and extensive screen time, yet they value the benefits of staying connected with them at all times in the real world. 

We have built a screen-free solution that is simple and reliable."

468 Capital led the round, which included contributions from angel investors such as Verena Pausder (an early backer of play-based learning provider Edurino and Chair of the Board at the German Startup Association), Hakan Koç (founder and CEO of the global IoT provider 1GLOBAL), and Michael Hernaus and Wolfgang Reisinger (founder and managing director of Tractive, the GPS pet tracking company).

Other participants include Sven Vaders (VP of Product and a founding member of the Frankfurt-listed company Tonies, Matthias Laug (co-founder and former CTO of Tier Mobility with expertise in IoT), and Christian Indra (senior product leader at Shopify).

KARRI will use the funding to take its product from the current prototype testing phase to mass production and rollout in the UK.

Alexander Kudlich, General Partner at 468 Capital, said:

"Our investment in KARRI underlines our commitment to backing innovations that redefine how technology can be used responsibly and enhance our daily lives.

The team has ambitious plans to support parents with young kids and beyond, and we’re excited for what comes next."

KARRI expects to ship its first finished products at the end of August 2024, with a full public launch to follow.

Lead image: KARRI. Photo: uncredited. 

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