Startup Directory

Cohort 5 – Pal by Project Playdate, Founded by Amanda Raposo ’17BUS

Pal by Project Playdate is a platform that connects parents with shared child care needs to a highly selective network of child care professionals. By allowing families to split the cost of care, PAL achieves higher quality and socially enriching care at a lower price point for parents.

PAL by Project Playdate gained traction fast in private beta. The team had two acquisition offers within these first few months – one of which was too compelling to pass up! Stay tuned for more news soon!


What has the Columbia Startup Lab meant to you?

“CSL gave me access a group of incredibly talented people to have in my corner, including a dedicated team of Columbia folks invested in our success and continued guidance by accomplished mentors. More importantly, it gave me a sense of community on what can be a very lonely journey and a place of work to be proud of,” says Amanda.

What’s your advice for future entrepreneurs?

As long as they are able to build enough resources to survive the roller coaster of being an entrepreneur, then I encourage them to try their best to enjoy the process. There is so much uncertainty in the end goal that I’ve found the only way to stay grounded is to have gratitude for an opportunity to do what you love. Also: straight grit, an openness to adapt, a humility to accept mistakes, a willingness to ask for help, a sense of humor and radical integrity.