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13. 09. 2021 | Budapest Letters

Startup Alert This week’s alert is on Twigsee, a god send to all parents with children in preschools. Of course, I can talk only about my experiences with Austrian and Hungarian nurseries / kindergardens, but based on these, Twigsee is tapping into a market that is set for digital distruption. Everything is paper based, outdated and slow. Tracking of payments, events and important issues, or just keeping in-touch with educators are a pain in the back. A postcard from the 1970s, at least. But in comes Twigsee, the startup of Vanda Seidelová, a Prague-based entrepreneur, that basically solves all key pain points a parent might have: School enrollment, School and meal fees, Absence and event notifications, Instant communication with parents, etc. The app is already available in 6 languages but with the fresh funding, Ms. Seidelová and Twigsee aims to distrupt CEE, South America and Africa, regions that are similar in terms of preschool digitalization, i.e. low to nothing that is 😄

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She did not like the communication between parents and teachers. So she invented "kindergarten in your pocket" (INTERVIEW).

10. 09. 2021 | strartitup.sk

Although Vanda sent her son to a private preschool, several problems occurred The biggest one was the fact that the teachers spent a lot of time on unnecessary paperwork The young Czech decided to solve this problem. Her app is now used by hundreds of kindergartens and will soon arrive in Slovakia as well. We live in a time when we can solve most of the issues via mobile and internet. Despite this, many institutions operate on traditional paper forms and documents, which take up a lot of time, work and put an unnecessary burden on the environment. Schools and nurseries, for example, operate on traditional paperwork. Although many of them have switched to EduPage during the pandemic, they still use class books and require traditional paper excuse slips or pupil books from pupils. As a result, teachers are slightly less engaged with their pupils. This didn't sit well with Vanda Seidel, a young Czech who decided to do something about it.

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For a more modern kindergarten. Another fund invests 13 million in the Twigsee app.

08. 09. 2021 | Forbes.cz

Another fund of investor Jiří Hlavenka and entrepreneur Jan Sláma is investing CZK 13 million in the Twigsee app, which focuses on modernising and digitising nurseries. In the current investor round, the app has raised more than 21 million. CzechCunch reported today. Twigsee was founded by Veronika Siedelová when she saw how outdated the kindergarten her son was attending was. Parents can use the app to fill out excuse slips, order lunches or pay school fees, while the teachers send parents up-to-date photos of their children. At the same time, Twigsee completely digitises the school and thus simplifies administration. Hlavenka owns 70 percent of the fund, while the remaining 30 percent belongs to Slám. According to Siedel, the investment will help the platform, which operates completely online and has seven languages, to expand abroad. So far, most of the three hundred nurseries that use Twigsee are Czech.

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The digital revolution in kindergartens is gaining momentum. Hlavenka and Sláma invest millions of crowns in Twigsee.

08. 09. 2021 | czechcrunch.cz

When Vanda Seidelová put her son Filípek in kindergarten two years ago, she discovered that the kindergarten was functioning in the same way as it had thirty years ago. Classrooms, attendance records, physical bulletin boards and lots of paperwork. So she started to create an app called Twigsee to prepare everything for the 21st century. And now she's taking on new investment and preparing to expand globally. Thirteen million crowns are being sent to Twigsee by Jinej fond, which is 70% owned by Brno investor and South Moravian councillor Jiří Hlavenka and 30% by entrepreneur Jan Sláma. All parties involved have exclusively confirmed this to CzechCrunch. The current investor round is referred to as an early seed, and Twigsee has already received over CZK 21 million in total.

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How to handle the administration of kindergartens? With a handy app.

24. 08. 2021 | Microsoft

Signs on the door? A newsletter, an email from a teacher, a website or a notice board in the cloakroom? Where can you find out everything you need to know about the kindergarten's operation and, most importantly, in time so that nothing is missed? The Twigsee app solves the problem of most parents of kindergarten children. It combines communication channels so that parents don't have to search for the information they need in several places, and the app also lets them know what activities and topics their children are currently engaged in at kindergarten. In addition, Twigsee is a powerful tool for the kindergartens themselves. It automates much of the administration and saves teachers and nursery management hundreds of hours a year.

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She was having a bad time communicating with the nursery, so she changed it. The young Czech is also heading to Slovakia.

08. 07. 2021 | Forbes.sk

In the Czech Republic, hundreds of state and private preschools are already using this system, but the platform has already been tested in a pilot operation in Slovakia and will be launched "live" in Slovakia from the new school year 2021/2022. At the same time, Vanda Seidelová is also working to ensure that Twigsee breaks through on the wider international stage, and has already secured major Czech investors for the project. What led her to create this project and how does it all work?

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What are the preschools
currently using Twigsee saying about it?

Zuzana Vacíková

Twigsee caught our attention right away from the presentation thanks to the range of functions offered. It wasn't a system that only dealt with attendance or just the registry. It offered us the opportunity to have everything under one roof. And the cherry on top of the cake was the possibility of sending parents contributions about how their children are doing in preschool that day. Parents liked the app very quickly. At first, teachers were more concerned about whether preschool management wanted to give them extra work. However, they soon discovered that writing to parents made them happy, and they also finally have an overview of the children's attendance for each day. Twigsee can handle all that is on the agenda in a preschool as well as accounting. Forest preschool, Pohádky z.s., Zvole

Zuzana Vacíková
Deputy Director
Michelle Specht

Great Customer Support! Any problem gets immediate attention, and also the sales representatives are very willing to help.

Michelle Specht
Headmaster
Helena Zdrubecká

We have just started using the Twigsee application, as I was drawn in by an offer. Especially the time saving. I can use my time more meaningfully with my children rather than doing administration. I appreciate the professionalism of the team. Mr. Med answered all of our questions. I was impressed by the enrolment process of new children, attendance and, above all, the connection of teachers with parents, which does not disrupt them from their work with the children. Before signing the contract, we compared the offer of similar applications and came to the conclusion that Twigsee provides the most comprehensive offer of services for preschool needs.

Helena Zdrubecká
Director
Linda Janichová

We have been using the Twigsee app in our Fox Nursery for over a year now. Through the app we communicate important information to parents. We share photos of the children's daily activities, and we use surveys, to which parents respond more quickly than in person. We have an overview of how many children are coming on a given day, so we can plan and adjust the day's schedule. Parents especially like the app because they have instant information about what's going on in the preschool, they can see lots of photos and they can excuse their child for the time they need in a few clicks. The Twigsee app is responsive to the needs of our preschools and is quick and easy for teachers, nannies and parents to use. With the Twigsee app, we are simply moving with the times.

Linda Janichová
Headmaster
Zuzana Černá

Twigsee is a wonderful app that has made communication between the preschool and parents faster, more convenient, and better since we began using it at the beginning of the school year. Also, it unbelievably simplifies the work of employees. Everybody, including the parents, are happy with the app.

Zuzana Černá
Assistant Headmaster
Tereza Dvořáková

Twigsee is a great and innovative app for me as the preschool’s headmaster as well as a mother. There’s finally an app that eases the workload of administrative duties for the MŠMT (Ministry of Education) as well as the MPSV (Social Security) for everyone. It accomplishes all of this in a very easy to use and intuitive way. Communication with the Twigsee team is superb. They were always happy to answer all of my questions about the app and its functions whenever I needed it. As a mother, I value daily, easy-to-view information about my child so that I am informed about what they are doing and have access to information from the preschool, teachers, and administration. I strongly recommend the app for all administrators and parents!

Tereza Dvořáková
Headmaster
Michaela Možiešíková

We’ve finally disposed of all signature forms for all applications and online photo galleries, and parents no longer forget about school activities. Parents know what is happening at preschool and are much happier and at ease. We’ve stopped needing to constantly explain and repeat the same things. Thank you.

Michaela Možiešíková
Assistant Headmaster
Lucie England

Twigsee won us over from the moment we started using it. It allows us to manage everything in our preschool in a convenient and easy-to-view manner, all in one place. You’ll love Twigsee because it will make your administrative tasks easier and will make communication with parents faster and more effective. It will not only make your teachers very happy but also the parents! I also greatly appreciate the wonderful support from the Twigsee team which is always prepared to handle our questions and requests. In short, I can wholeheartedly recommend Twigsee without hesitation.

Lucie England
Headmaster
Jan Vodrážka

While I was a bit skeptical at first, we have been up and running with Twigsee for a month and a half now without a single problem. We have over fifty reviews from parents and every one of them is positive. Furthermore, parents have started to appreciate all that our teachers do for them and they’ve not only decreased their demands, but have started asking how they can help. They donate toys, company gifts, or homemade Moravian honey. We are happy and are ordering Twigsee for our other location in Průhonice.

Jan Vodrážka
Headmaster
Dominika Hájková

Our preschool Malvína has been using the Twigsee app for over half a year. It is a big help to us. Thanks to the child’s profile, we have an easy-to-view list of all their important information. Also, with Twigsee, communication with parents is more convenient. We can share photos with them and using posts, share important information with only selected parents. Not needing to inform each parent individually has saved us a significant amount of work. What we appreciate most about the app, is the easy-to-view attendance. It shows the number of present and excused children and also, alerts us to any children leaving after lunch. Our school highly recommends the app. The team of people who developed the app are definitely professionals in what they do. They responded to all of our questions quickly and are always available to assist us.

Dominika Hájková
Assistant Headmaster

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