Hank helps older adults connect and have fun – Nob6
It’s typically onerous making new buddies as an grownup, and it’s much more troublesome as you grow old, say the founders of Hank. The app connects folks aged 55 and older with other people of their group abd occasions geared particularly for them. The New York Metropolis-based startup introduced at the moment it has raised $7 million in seed funding led by Common Catalyst and Resolute Ventures.
Different members within the funding included Canaan Companions, The Fund and Tau Ventures.
Hank says it’s the first platform targeted on matching adults over the age of 55 with occasions like artwork workshops, pickleball, espresso meet-ups and skydiving. The startup sponsors some occasions, however members also can create their very own.
Hank is now obtainable within the New York Metropolis space, however will broaden throughout the second half of this 12 months to markets together with New Jersey, Florida and Texas. It will definitely plans to be obtainable in all 50 states.
Co-founder and CEO Brian Park stated he based Hank as a result of after greater than a decade of working in tech, he realized he was primarily creating issues just for folks like him, or 40 and underneath.
“That bought me enthusiastic about what’s a really clear age bias in tech. There’s a standard false impression within the tech trade that older generations don’t perceive or need new know-how,” he informed Nob6. “So nobody designs options with folks 55+ in thoughts. However that’s an actual false impression, as a result of in actuality, these are the identical individuals who mastered Atari and purchased the primary iPhone!”
That realization got here across the identical time Park’s mother and father grew to become empty nesters, and he and his brother watched them wrestle to seek out new social circles and actions.
“They have been annoyed by the sheer period of time it took to seek out issues to do, dissatisfied by the media’s outdated representations of older grownup life and uncertain find out how to translate digital connections on conventional social media platforms into actual life experiences.” Park’s mother and father ultimately discovered connections by means of church and alumni teams, however he says that “the method was piecemeal and even these teams didn’t really feel like fairly sufficient for them.”
Park factors to research that present that social circles peak at 25. By the point older adults hit their fifties, they’ve spent years constructing careers and households. However after they retire, work is not a supply of connection. Many don’t identified what occasions is likely to be happening close to them or find out how to meet new buddies.
“There’s no straightforward place to seek out that consolidated info since there’s nobody answer that’s been constructed for this demographic primarily based on what they really need,” stated Park.
Park and co-founder Andrew Hong (the 2 have been greatest buddies since sixth grade) determined a greater answer was wanted, particularly after pressured isolation due to the pandemic. Along with combating loneliness, Hank can be tapping right into a profitable market: Park says folks aged 55+ spend a median of $120 billion per 12 months on leisure actions.
Park places Hank’s opponents into two teams. The primary are social networking websites like Fb and Meetup that have been initially designed for folks of their 20s and 30s. The second are area of interest networks for older adults that haven’t construct sufficient consciousness to create an engaged group.
“We imagine we are able to out-design the previous as a result of we’re listening to and constructing for 55+ folks, and we are able to out-market the latter as a result of we’re dedicated to toppling the advertising stereotype that so grossly misrepresents what midlife really seems like,” he stated.
For instance, the corporate has launched a advertising marketing campaign, “Era You,” that exhibits folks of their 50s being lively.
When it comes to its person acquisition technique, Hank is beginning out with conventional paid channels, which Park stated has helped them construct a powerful preliminary base of customers. “However as a result of we would like the Hank group to be constructed on actual connections between like-minded folks, we’re planning for the following part of our acquisition to come back from natural channels and co-marketing with interest-based organizations,” he added. The corporate will spend money on product options for sharing and partnerships with organizations that have already got area of interest, interest-based teams in its demographic, like Bridge & Video games membership in New York.
In a ready assertion, Common Catalyst managing director Niko Bonatsos stated, “They have been the primary era to graduate from combined tapes to digital playlists. They mastered Pong and efficiently survived over 30 variations of the iPhone. They’re tech savvy and it’s about time for a platform to attach this vibrant group.”