Koru Kids: Highgate entrepreneur raises £10m for childcare startup and appeals for more older nannies

Rachel Carrell, who founded Koru Kids at her Highgate kitchen table. Picture; Rachel Carrell

Rachel Carrell, who founded Koru Kids at her Highgate kitchen table. Picture; Rachel Carrell - Credit: Archant

A Highgate woman is looking to the future after securing £10m of investment for the childcare start-up she launched just three years ago from her kitchen table.

Rachel Carrell left a job in healthcare technology to start Koru Kids - which is a digital platform which matches families with childcare needs with trained nannies who can step in.

Rachel has secured the funding from tech investors Atomico. She told the Ham&High Koru Kids was a solution to the "real challenge" of after school care for families.

She said: "On any given school day, we have over 1,000 nannies across the capital."

Delighted by the funding boost, she added: "We are just getting started, I'm so excited by what we are doing."


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She said the service is expanding, and she wanted to help women back into work after they've had their own children. She added: "We would love to have more local nannies - older women living in Hampstead and Highgate should really consider it."

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