UK Government Invests in Sex Tech Start-Up
Killing Kittens, a company originally formed to throw pleasure-focused sex parties for women, has qualified for £170,000 (approximately $221,000) from Future Fund, a UK government program designed to help start-up companies get through the pandemic.
Pre-pandemic, Killing Kittens planned and coordinated private, in-person, masked sex parties for members in London and New York. Coronavirus required the company to go fully online which fast-tracked its digital plans. According to CEO Emma Sayle, Killing Kittens is “pioneering the fastest-growing adult social network in the world.”
Since the pandemic, membership in Killing Kittens has grown from 100,000 to over 180,000 members located across 12 countries and continues to grow. According to the company, web traffic has exploded since the pandemic began accelerating the company’s growth.
Killing Kittens raised private funding through Seedrs, a crowd-funding platform, which qualified them for the UK government investment. The Future Funds program requires matching funding from private investors before granting loans between £125,000 and £5 million for start-ups. The funds received will go towards marketing and product development, including a dating app.