On Wednesday, May 31st, HCDC hosted the 2017 SBA InnovateHER Challenge. Seven businesses with products or services designed to make women’s lives better presented their business pitches to a packed audience and a judging panel of four experienced entrepreneurs/business leaders. Komae is a communal service sharing platform where users exchange free services in their personalized, trusted social network. The company’s first product is a babysitting exchange app which is live in the iPhone App Store. Its long-term strategy is to expand across multiple service markets including pet sitting and carpooling, and to leverage valuable data for affiliate marketing partners. The brand is built on the principle that it takes a village…in fact Kṓmē (ko’-may) means “Village” in Greek. Komae won a $1,000 cash prize from BB&T and will now compete at the national level in a similar competition.
“It was an honor to share the stage with all the incredible female founders at the InnovateHER competition. Their mission is to impact the lives of women and families, and that is exactly what we do at Komae by using technology to give parents a trusted community of friends to exchange free babysitting. We will proudly represent Ohio at the national competition!” says Audrey Wallace, Komae co-founder and CEO.