CHARLESTON, SC--(Marketwired - Nov 15, 2016) - Dynepic, Inc., a startup focused on creating a platform to connect kids in the digital world and make it easier for parents to manage their activity online, today announced that it has won a $100,000 investment from The Charleston Angel Conference. The company was selected as the most promising startup from a group of 30 participants who pitched their ideas over two days of demos to investors. The award completed the company's initial financing round, which was over-subscribed, totaling close to $500,000 from investors in the Charleston area and around the nation, including Atlanta, Silicon Valley, Connecticut, and New York.
Dynepic CEO and co-founder, Krissa Watry, presented and won with her company's service for safely connecting children under 13 into apps, games, and toys, making it possible for them to connect legally and safely participate in the booming Internet of Things. Most importantly, the platform puts parents in control of who and what their kids connect with online and keeps brands compliant with the Child Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
The iOKids service allows companies to leverage Dynepic's iOKids profiles and parent-managed friend lists to build and launch social and community experiences within their apps, games, toys, and even smart home environments. This month, Dynepic launches a suite of apps to allow kids to start building their iOKids friend lists and even 'Chat with Santa.' Parents get their own app -- iOKids Parent -- where they can manage friend lists and provide consent to other apps and toys that utilize Dynepic's iOKids Connect Single Sign-on. The iOKids apps will be available for download from the app store before Thanksgiving, allowing kids to chat with Santa just in time for the Holidays.
"I am thrilled to see Dynepic come away with the first Charleston Angel Conference investment. Krissa did a terrific job presenting Dynepic, but more importantly, the company is well positioned with its round of funding and the participating investors enjoyed learning more about the opportunity," said John Osborne, founder of Charleston Angel Conference.
The Charleston Angel Conference is the optimal way for interested or active angel investors to gain exposure to the process of angel investing and meet several companies looking for investment. The Conference is open to any member of the community with a startup and those looking to support local entrepreneurs.
"I am extremely pleased to win the support and funding from The Charleston Angel Conference," said Krissa Watry, CEO and co-founder of Dynepic. "The exposure and investment from this impressive organization, along with our other initial investors, will help us as we deliver the most secure and dynamic platform for kids to participate in the increasingly digital world and gain the critical technology skills required to invent their future, all under the watchful eye of their parents."
Dynepic was founded by Krissa Watry, a USAF Academy and MIT educated engineer, and Jacqueline Arn, a 40-year educator. The two partnered after Krissa spent her early career in the aerospace sector as a USAF officer and as a civilian designing and leading cutting edge technology development programs for the DoD, NASA, and in the commercial space. Krissa has power supplies that have docked with the International Space Station from her time leading program operations at Andrews Space, Inc., now known as Spaceflight Industries.
Dynepic, which received initial funding from the National Science Foundation, has developed iOKids -- a secure, social gateway that makes it easy to build and launch community experiences for kids in apps, and enables parents to manage how and with whom their children interact online. For more information on iOKids apps, please visit www.iokids.co or email email@example.com.