An Alabama-based babysitting app plans to expand into Dallas-Fort Worth this fall as one of three southern metropolitan areas in which it will grow.
Birmingham-based Wyndy said that the other markets in which it will expand are Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, and Atlanta, Georgia.
News of the expansion plans comes as Wyndy announced that it has raised $1 million in seed funding from three Birmingham-area investors.
Launched in 2017, the Wyndy app connects parents to background-checked, college-enrolled babysitters and makes the process of finding, booking, and paying a babysitter more streamlined.
“The money has allowed us to build out our team, accelerate our product development timeline, and focus on expanding to new cities while continuing to drive growth in our existing markets.”
Besides Birmingham, Wyndy is available in Mobile and Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Nashville and Memphis, and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Wyndy CEO and co-founder Tommy Mayfield told AL.com that the new funding will help it grow.
“The money has allowed us to build out our team, accelerate our product development timeline, and focus on expanding to new cities while continuing to drive growth in our existing markets,” Mayfield told the AL.com website.
Mayfield founded the app with his wife, Ginger, to solve the problems they faced as parents in finding reliable, trustworthy babysitters for their two children.
By expanding to DFW, Wyndy would join other babysitting apps available for North Texas parents including Urbansitter, Bambino, and others.
Dallas-based Skratch also works in the young adult gig market, but the app developed by Scott Bennett targets teenagers ages 14 to 19 and offers an array of part-time jobs.
Based on demographics alone, DFW is a market that should have a large demand for babysitting.
According to 2017 data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 7.5 percent of the 2.6 million people in Dallas County are under the age of 5, while 7 percent of the 2 million people in Tarrant County are under that age.