I’ve always admired Richard Branson as an entrepreneur, so when I spotted he was judging the Talent Unleashed competition, it was an opportunity I couldn’t let pass me by!
Not content with one start up competition, I’m also currently participating in the Telstra sponsored start-up accelerator program muru-D. It’s through muru-D that I’m taking my start-up, Chatty Kidz, to the next level – seeing what difference I can make to the lives of millions of children across Australia.
Chatty Kidz was born from the need to create a meaningful connection with my family around the world. The result is an app that effectively turns “iPad time” into family time, providing a platform for families and communities to stay connected through content, education and video chat.
We have also recently partnered with one of Australia’s leading children’s charities, who run a peer support program for kids to come together over the phone to read, provide effective literacy support, and improve their reading skills.
What’s our role? Chatty Kidz is helping this charity to reduce costs, encouraging those very same kids to read digital books together during a video call. Not only is it more engaging, but it is also scalable, helping millions of children globally!
The Talent Unleashed judges will be looking for an individual who has developed a revolutionary platform, app or piece of digital content. At the end of July I will find out (live) at an awards ceremony, whether Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak choose me from the20 finalists.
The future looks promising as we continue to help millions of children learn to read. If you know anyone, anywhere, who might be interested in Chatty Kidz, tell them about us and help spread the word.
Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime; but teach a child to read and educate them for a lifespan.
Wish us luck! And if you want to help us get to South Africa there you can vote for us online.