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|Area served||Massachusetts and New York|
|Launched||2016in Boston, Massachusetts|
Cozykin was a mobile and web-based business to consumer and business to business provider for Montessori nanny sharing and childcare services. It was headquartered in Boston and operated across Massachusetts and New York. It was acquired by Higher Ground Education and expanded to more cities in America.
The company interviewed, screened, and hired child care workers. They stated that only the top five percent of applicants were hired. Nannies went through multiple stages of background checks, interviews and social media reviews. They were vetted and trained in the Montessori method of child caring. Developed by Italian physician Maria Montessori, the Montessori method is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children. Montessori's method has been used for over 100 years in many parts of the world. The Montessori method views the child as the one who is naturally eager for knowledge and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment.
Families were matched to one another, so one nanny cared for two families’ children at one of their homes. By sharing a provider, the parents afforded better care than they might on their own. The company also handled the logistics from finances and nanny management to backup care.
The provider received full-time W2 employment, paid time off, health benefits, workers comp insurance and support in negotiating fair contracts. The nannies were grouped into teams that met monthly to share ideas and build community. They received ongoing Montessori-inspired professional development and activity kits.
According to the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) in 2020, the average cost of infant care was $20,913 a year in Massachusetts, and was one of the biggest expenses that families face. 66% of mothers with children under the age of 6 participated in the workforce in the U.S. according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and women made up more than the majority of both doctorate and master degree programs in the U.S. Cozykin was founded in Boston in 2016, by co-founders Jeremy Au and Tatyana Gubin, at the Harvard Innovation Lab. CEO and co-founder Au, had worked many years as a technology entrepreneur and had graduated from Harvard Business School with a Masters of Business Administration. Gubin had earned a Bachelor of Sciences in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. They stated that it was increasingly important to have reliable and enriching childcare for the rising number of dual working parent households. They conducted customer interviews with more than 100 new moms and dads about their first year of parenthood. They focused on building out the nanny share model as a solution to the childcare problem. The company was subsequently registered as Cozykin, Inc. on 27 October 2016.
The startup was selected into the Harvard Innovation Lab’s VIP program and the MIT Sandbox program in the fall of 2017. In January 2017, Cozykin won the grand finale of the Harvard Business School’s New Venture Competition, an annual selective student competition sponsored by HBS’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship and Social Enterprise Initiative. Cozykin won the Satchu-Burgstone $25,000 Prize, as well as the crowd favorite award of $5,000 dollars.
In 2018, Cozykin completed a seed round of $1.5 million. The round was led by NextView Ventures, a Boston-based seed stage fund and followed by Bessemer Venture Partners, a venture capital firm.
In the media
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- FinSMEs (2020-03-12). "Higher Ground Education Acquires CozyKin". FinSMEs. Retrieved 2020-05-21.
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- CozyKin | Crunchbase
- Higher Ground Acquires Nanny Sharing Platform, CozyKin
- ‘Nanny-share’ child-care startup Cozykin abruptly shuts down
- Working at CozyKin | Glassdoor.co.in
- CozyKin | AngelList