A Bristol-born app that allows parents to control their kids’ access to tablets and smart phones has posted £1 million turnover in two years, having tripled revenues in the last 12 months.
Screen Time Labs was started in 2014 when founder Steve Vangasse, a “frustrated Dad and tech expert” found his children were spending more time on their tablets than outdoors. He developed a parental control app for Android and iOS that sets a daily screen time limit, can restrict access to certain apps and offers a task-and-reward option as well as bedtime curfews.
The 11-strong company now has over 300,000 customers with the US, Germany and Finland leading consumer demand.
“To see our hard work pay off in our organic growth is rewarding but not as much as seeing how transformative our tech is for families across the world,” says Steve. “We want to address a very real problem for parents in a way that does more than just protect children from dangers online. Screen Time Labs is designed with child and parent in mind, creating a neutral framework that avoids arguments and is built on understanding. We believe we should celebrate technology’s role in every day life without draconian measures. Our aim is to make Screen Time Labs the automatic first choice for every parent and we are on a mission to do so.”
Monika Radclyffe, centre director at SETSquared, where the company is based, commented: “Screen Time Labs are a perfect example that you don’t need to take any investment to be a successful and fast-growth business. At SETsquared we support new businesses to help them get to the next level, but it is a very individual matter on whether they need investment or not to make it happen.”
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