Uber-like app for babysitters streamlines the sitter-finding process for parents.
Launch Pad: Juggle
For Juggle cofounder Emily Music, childcare connector platform care.com seemed too impersonal and too time-sucking. She, her sister and two friends offered a solution by starting the app Juggle.
Having gone live on the Apple store last year, the Columbus-based app connects families with babysitters in an Uber-like fashion. A sitter can choose when he or she is available for sitting. Once a family puts in a request for an available sitter, the sitter can accept or reject the job.
For Music, the best parts of the match process are that it allows users to view babysitters that friends have reviewed, and all sitter rates are the same so price is not a factor in deciding among care options. Though not marketed, pet care also is offered through the app.
The rate varies based on number of children and ranges from $12-$18. Pet sitting falls at a flat $12 an hour.
Though geared toward college-aged care providers, Juggle is working on setting up a junior program for younger sitters.
Now serving 340 families and featuring about 300 care providers, the app has extended to Cincinnati and will launch in seven other cities throughout the summer, including Dayton, Toledo, Youngstown—plus Charleston and Atlanta—just as its latest version hits the app store in June.
DACA Time Finds Certainty in Recent Amnesty Approval
For startups like Columbus' DACA Time, success hinges on policy.
Fortunately for DACA Time, approval of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals amnesty in late April by President Donald Trump has eased worries about the platform's near longevity.
DACA Time aims to help undocumented immigrant youth apply for the deferred action status, which comes with benefits such as US work authorization and the opportunity to attend public universities. Slated to go live in late August, DACA Time's online platform will autopopulate the DACA form based on DACA Time's online questionnaire.
Cofounder Brook Kohn says the startup was created because the number of DACA applicants is not as high as it could be, partly because of the complexity of the forms. Since 2012, 1.54 million DACA requests have been received.
DACA Time team member Nathali Bertran, herself an immigrant, shares word about DACA Time through private Facebook groups to help reach potential DACA applicants. Another app, DACA Scholars, helps connect DACA applicants with scholarship opportunities to help cover fees that have kept some from applying. Kohn says each startup will spread the word about the other to bolster materialized DACA opportunities.