We are super excited to be included as a finalist in the third annual Biz 417 Excellence in Technology Awards. We are a finalist in the Most Innovative Startup category and even better, the other three finalists were also all part of the e-factory accelerator program with us this last summer!
On Thursday, Feb. 28, they will name the winners in each category at an awards ceremony where they say they will be, “recognizing the pioneers, originators, creators and developers making waves in the local tech and business communities.” …
Wow, how humbling… honestly we are just thrilled to see our name mentioned alongside all these great innovators and companies! Thank you Biz 417 for the recognition!
Read more about the awards from our besties at the e-factory, here.
Ditch the checkbook, and stop running to the ATM. SelectSitter is rolling out in-app payments!
Hi fellow parents and babysitters! We have some big news here at SelectSitter. We are rolling out in-app payments starting December 10 (postponed to Jan. 2019). That means soon you’ll be able to find, book, and pay your babysitters directly through the app. For all you sitters out there, this means you’ll be able to accept payments right in the app. No more last-minute trips to the ATM, and no more hunting down the checkbook. Just log in to the SelectSitter app and securely enter your payment info. We’ll take care of the rest. We’ll even send you helpful reminders when it’s time to pay your sitter and when you have funds waiting for you in your account.
We’ve been working on this new feature for the last several months. We actually got the idea from all of you! In-app payments has been the No. 1 request we’ve heard from parents and sitters since we launched last November. Now, after some experimenting, we’re ready to answer that request.
But first, let’s go over the highlights!
- We’ll send you helpful reminders to make sure you pay your sitter.
- We’ll also keep you posted when you have funds waiting for you in your account.
- Your payment info will be securely stored in the app, which means you can pay your sitter anytime and anywhere.
- No more trips to the ATM or scrounging up cash for those last-minute babysitting requests.
December 10 can’t get here soon enough! This is babysitting in the digital age.
Back in August, SelectSitter presented at the efactory’s Demo Day about how our app, SelectSitter, has grown and developed through our involvement in the e-factory’s Accelerator program.
If you were unable to attend Demo Day, check out the video below of co-founder Sarah presenting on SelectSitter.
We’d love to hear from you, message us at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions or ideas to help us grow our startup!
Meet our “Sitter of the Week” Christina H.
Christina is a part-time assistant teacher at the Missouri State Child Development Center. She has worked there for a year in the infant and toddler classroom. She’s in her junior year in college, double majoring in Speech and Language Pathology and Education of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing with a minor in Sign Language.
One SelectSitter mom shared, “I highly recommend Christina. She’s very sweet, experienced, and great with kids. She really helped ease my anxiety about leaving my two babies with a sitter. I’ll definitely use her again!”
Check out Christina’s profile on SelectSitter and book her now!
We want to feature your favorite sitter! Let us know who you love and trust!
So, you’ve heard us share about our participation in the efactory’s “Cohort 3” and “the accelerator program”, or maybe you have been following along on their blog, but maybe you still are not exactly sure what we have been doing these past 11 weeks? Well we are rounded out the 12 week program and we would love to show you our progress!
Join us Monday, Aug. 13 for DEMO DAY!
What is DEMO DAY?
It is the finale of the efactory’s Accelerator Program for Cohort 3 and a chance to hear our final pitches.
SelectSitter and the two other companies in the program (Easy Access Hunts and FitbyPhase) will have 10 minutes each to update community members on our progress and next steps.
Demo Day will be held upstairs at the efactory. It’s free to attend, and we would absolutely love the support.
SelectSitter is stronger when great parents and sitter like you spread the word. We are built on connections and recommendations. So, we thought we might try a little giveaway to say thanks for sharing our app.
Whether you’re a parent or a babysitter, anyone could use an extra $150 in their pocket. And we want to put it there!
From now until July 22, for every person you share the SelectSitter App with, you’ll receive an entry to win a $150 Visa gift card! Plus, extra entries will be given when you leave us a review on our Facebook page or in the App Store.
HERE’S HOW TO SHARE SELECTSITTER:
- Download SelectSitter form the App Store for FREE here:
iTunes App Store
Google App Store
2. On the “More” tab at the bottom, click “Invite Friends”
3. Share away! The more you share, the better chances you have to win.
1 parent $150 winner and 1 babysitter $150 winner drawn. Contest runs from July 16-22, winners drawn on July 23.
Thank you to the Springfield Business Journal for featuring SelectSitter on their Startup Corner this week. Check it out on their site: http://sbj.net/stories/startup-corner-kari-hamra-and-sarah-howey-selectsitter-appas-select-llc,59518
Meet our “Sitter of the Week” Haley B!
Haley is studying Physical Education at Missouri State University. After graduation, she would love to be a PE coach for k-12 students. She has been a full time nanny for more than a year as well as babysitter for ages newborn to 9 years old.
With all online courses this summer, she is looking to fill her schedule with babysitting and nanny jobs. This fall she has availability Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays any time.
SelectSitter mom Chris-Anne shared, “My kids adore Haley! She keep my rambunctious 7 and 9 year olds active, both physically and creatively. I trust that she is always going to be on time, which is very important to me. She is a very kindhearted, fun, and respectable person who I would recommend to anyone!
Check out Haley’s availability/profile on SelectSitter and book her now!
Do you have a favorite sitter? Share them with us and we would love to feature them!
We’ve officially wrapped week 4 of the efactory’s accelerator cohort 3!
This past week was all about marketing, social media and ensuring we have some good content! The speakers continue to blow us away with insight and frankly, our heads are spinning…but in a good way!
Check on the efactory blog to see all the cool stuff we are getting to do. Check it out:
And we still need your help!
Here are five easy ways you can help SelectSitter:
We are about to wrap up week 3 of The eFactory’s accelerator cohort 3! We have learned so much already and are so thankful for every speaker who takes time out of their busy schedule to help SelectSitter and the three other startups.
The eFactory writes a weekly blog of the program progress and ways in which you can get involved and assist us startup. Check it out:
Want to help SelectSitter?
Our app was built to help parents and babysitters and we can’t do that without feedback.
Here’s a few ways we would appreciate your help..
1. Tell the parents you know to download and signup in the app.
2. Know a babysitter? Make sure they’ve signed up on the app.
3. Sign up for our emails, this will help us keep you in the know, but also give us valuable feedback to improve SelectSitter.
Sign up here: https://selectsitterapp.com/sign-up-for-our-newsletter/