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Venturefest South Innovator: Gooseberry Planet

A software company, Gooseberry Planet teach online safety through games for schools and parents. We caught up with them to find out more ahead of this week's Venturefest South event.

Describe your business in no more than 100 words

Gooseberry Planet is an award winning software platform which is designed to educate children, teachers and parents about the dangers online through ‘gamification’. In other words, we offer a fully interactive and engaging game platform from which children can learn to use the internet responsibly and safely. The software is intended to be used both in schools and at home. It offers a child-centred and coordinated approach to safeguarding and is totally unique as it also offers an assessment and monitoring system for both teachers and parents.

What prompted you to enter the Innovation Zone? Describe the innovation that you’ve entered with. 

I was invited – we are the only company using technology to teach online safety in this way

What are the biggest challenges you face?

Our biggest challenge is getting into school and showing them our product. 

What are your biggest professional achievements to date?

In the space of 2 years we have created and sold into schools across the UK. We have won 6 awards and been recognised for our achievements.

How do you feel about showcasing to potentially hundreds of people at Venturefest South?

Extremely excited. 

What are you hoping to get out of attending Venturefest South?

We are just about to start raising more money to push what we already have achieved. It will be a great networking opportunity for the business and our fund raising. 

Where do you see your company in five years time?

We would like to be market leaders in the UK for online safeguarding.

What advice would you give to aspiring innovators?

Never give up, keep fighting and believe in yourself.  If you have an idea run with it as fast as you can and never ever look back.

Gooseberry Planet will be part of the Innovation Zone at the inaugural Venturefest South event taking place at Winchester Guildhall on 9th March – for more information and to book your tickets, visit