Launched in 2011, the startup provide classic babysitting and tutoring packages, as well as Language Service, which includes scholastic babysitting sessions in Arabic, English, German or French.
The startup will use to the funds to rebrand – the startup will now be known as Orcas – and expand across Egypt and the Middle East.
Orcas will become a regional online marketplace for tutoring and child care. It will act as a middle man, matching parents with carers, who will be ranked on a points system based on criteria like experience.
“Users who are parents and students can search and find their own matches, schedule the sessions and pre-job-interviews (aka home interviews), pay online or schedule a cash collection through the application and manage the sessions and monitor progress,” said Hossam Taher, CEO of Cairo Sitters.
Orcas will go a step further to manage scheduling, payments and also carer training – it is the startup’s goal to provide employment opportunities to young people.
“It is very important to us to create part time jobs for students and recent graduates in order to enable them to be independent,” Hossam said. “Our babysitters and tutors are still rigorously selected and highly trained… we believe that if we equip the team with thinking-know-how, internet-search skills, decision making skills and broad guidelines of education, child care and pedagogy then we are able to provide the best quality possible.”
As a result of the investment, Kamelizer CEO, Hanan Abdel Meguid will be joining the startup.
The investment, and everything surrounding it, was announced in Germany at the recently concluded three-day Tech Open Air technology festival in Berlin.
Cairo Sitters, and 8 other startups, were selected for the festival based on financial stability, legal status, and the use of technology to develop its product/business.