Bambinotes, a Ramallah based startup that makes parent-teacher communication easy for pre-schools, has raised undisclosed amount of seed investment from Palestinian VC Ibtikar Fund.
Originally started in Chile in 2012, Bambinotes expanded to MENA in March last year and seems to be run as independent company, led by Odeh Awwad.
The startup has built a multi-language cloud-based platform that makes it easier for teachers and pre-schools to share updates about the children with their parents, who can access all the details and updates through the same web-based platform or mobile applications.
“The goal of Bambinotes is to invigorate communication between parents and early childhood education institutions (daycares, preschool, and kindergartens) with a state-of-the-art communication platform, to help parents track and monitor their children’s development,” said Odeh Awwad, CEO of Bambinotes MENA in a statement.
Some of the features of the platform include public announcements by the schools, private messaging between parents and teachers or school administrators, reports of daily activities of students, food, nap and bathroom usage updates, photo sharing, and assigning tasks to parents.
Most of these things in majority of the regional pre-schools are being done through paperwork. There are some teachers and schools that use a set of different applications including some of them creating WhatsApp groups to share updates with parents which is obviously not as effective so there’s a big opportunity here.
“We believe that there is a great opportunity for the success of Bambinotes in the Arab world. It is the first of its kind in the region, in terms of its comprehensiveness, up-to-date technology, and ease of use, and the first platform available in Arabic. Bambinotes provides kindergartens with the opportunity to offer competitive, new, and easy to use services, and gives parents the opportunity to be more involved in their children’s development and education,” said Habib Hazzan, the Managing General Partner of Ibtikar Fund.
It seems that Bambinotes charges schools using a subscription model but we could not confirm the details. The startup currently has clients in Palestine, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia.