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Caper raises €300K in seed funding 

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Caper raises €300K in seed funding
Caper raises €300K in seed funding

London-based startup Caper has raised €300K in a seed funding round held in August 2020, led by LEGO Ventures with participation from Founders Factory

Founded in 2020 by Ben Geliher, Graham Denney and Sara Perkins, Caper has developed a mobile gaming app that offers parents original and innovative games called “missions” created to be played by the family together. These “missions” can either be outdoor or indoor games. Almost 4K families downloaded the beta version of the Caper app during the lockdown period, finding the app a great source of fun and entertainment that also fosters family interactions.

Caper’s “missions” have been designed in a way so as to limit the screen time to a minimum along with a real-world focus on the games’ narrative. This helps in reconnecting families to each other and the people around them via stimulating adventures and appealing activities. The Caper app uses the latest smartphone facial capture technology to build fully-animated talking characters, changing the idea of game-play as a sluggish, screen-based activity that children play in isolation. 

The latest round also concurs with the release of Caper’s early series of eight ‘missions’ starring space adventurer, Captain Redtail, and his robot sidekick, TikTik. Supplementary new series with completely new characters will be released in the coming months.

CEO Ben Geliher said: “Our vision is for Caper to become the home of original content that enables families to spend quality, active time together. With our team’s extensive background in game design, and being parents ourselves, we make it easy for adults to have adventures with their kids out in nature or at home – which has proven popular during the recent lockdown. We also understand parents’ concerns over screen time and want to show that there is a positive way to use technology through shared experiences.”

The App is presently accessible for free on iOS and Android. From late August 2020, the first episode of Captain Redtail will continue to be available for free, with the remaining series (7 episodes and bonus extras) available for £4.99 (around €5.50). Caper was developed inside the Founders Factory startup studio in collaboration with LEGO Ventures.

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Aishwarya writes about the startup ecosystem on VCBay. She is a third-year Computer Science engineering student who looks forward to exploring the world of startups and finance.


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