Exclusive: Night Zookeeper wins Series A funding
London start-up Night Zookeeper has won £355,000 in new funding to promote its educational game for children.
Night Zookeeper is used in over 5,000 primary schools and sold direct to consumers through Apple’s App Store. The game is based around a popular children’s story and allows users to design their own character and story lines.
The firm, which is a graduate of Telefonica’s Wayra Academy incubator, said it would use the money to build its reach abroad. While the UK is its core market, the game has also been trialled in countries like Canada and Japan.
Joshua Davidson, managing Director of Night Zookeeper, said: “Night Zookeeper is based on a powerful story and its themes of animals and magic resonate with children, parents and teachers across the world.
“This investment will enable us to introduce new Night Zookeeper products to an international audience.”
Most of firm’s seed investors participated in the round, including Richard Taylor, of ed tech firm Media Taylor. Angel investor networks London Business Angels and Angels Den Tech Club also participated. And the company will receive a Big Venture Challenge grant, funded by the Big Lottery.
Commenting on the raise Taylor said: “It is hard to predict the jobs of tomorrow, but in a world likely to be dominated by companies with less than ten employees, the underlying creativity and literacy skills Night Zookeeper promotes will be vital.”
Posted on: 03/06/2014