Many parents struggle with collaboration and dialogue regarding their children
Ole-Tom is the type of parent who likes to be on top of things. As a part-time dad, he found collaboration and dialogue with his ex-partner challenging and tiring.
For that reason, he created 2homes.
- I found that my kids often had questions about "when, where and who". I did not feel that they had the stability and predictability that I want them to have. Messages you thought had been communicated did not get through and and agreements you thought were made suddenly changed. My idea was therefore to offer a tool, a to-do list, a system that you can easily search for information in. That was the start of the project, says Ole-Tom.
Ole-Tom saw the same need among his friends, of whom there were several divorced couples who had experienced similar communication struggles.
- I am incredibly heartened by the enthusiasm I am met with when I tell them about 2homes. It has always confirmed that this is something people need. Many benefit from improved communications with ex-partners through 2homes, and may even experience better communication and planning within their own household , says Ole-Tom.
Unique – an own app for the kids
In developing an app to streamline coordination and planning across two homes, we have always aimed to involve the kids in a proper way. 2homes Kids is designed so that children have easy access to their own calendar and messages addressed to them, while at the same time limiting their exposure to communications between their parents, budgets and so on.
- The Kids app is synchronized with both parents' 2homes apps. With this, they get access to their own calendar and messages from their parents. This means that they themselves experience more control in their own everyday lives. They can see what is happening, when and where, who's week or weekend it is, who follows up on different activities and who picks up. Children thereby get more predictable and harmonious everyday lives, Ole-Tom concludes.
Support from public institutions
The 2homes founder contacted Innovation Norway, a government agency that invests in promising startups, to present the idea, its development path and future plans - both nationally and internationally. The feedback was positive, and a formal application for a commercialization grant was sent. The processing time was short and the application was quickly approved.
- It was great to get validation of the project from an organization like Innovation Norway, says Ole-Tom. In addition, they offered a mentoring scheme through Ernst & Young, which I accepted.
The Research Council has also supported the project and given its support from the very beginning.
Both the support from the Research Council and Innovation Norway have been crucial for the development of 2homes. Founder Ole-Tom is grateful for the grants that have enabled him to realize his idea, plans and goals.