Nicholas Walters is founder and CEO of Hopster, the video, play and learning platform for kids aged 2-6.
Founded by Walters in late 2012, Hopster’s ground breaking app helps kids learn through the shows they love, combining hundreds of episodes of premium television content with a curriculum of learning interactivity designed for touch screens. The award-nominated app has been downloaded over 500,000 times since launching at the end of 2013, and closed 2014 as one of Apple’s select ‘Best of 2014’ apps. At the end of April 2015 Hopster began rolling out internationally and is now available in over 100 countries worldwide. The London-based startup is backed by UK and international private and institutional investors, including Davina McCall, Tony Orsten (The Imaginarium), Bhavneet Singh (Viacom, Pearson), Sandbox & Co, and the Angel CoFund.
Hopster was recently honoured as one of Kidscreen’s ‘Hot 50’ – ranked by its peers as one of the top 10 hottest digital media players in the kids’ industry.
Before founding Hopster Walters spent six years at Viacom International Media Networks. Having joined Viacom as head of strategy and business development for the Emerging Markets region (Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, Middle East and Africa) he went on to serve as General Manager for Russia and CIS. As GM, he established Viacom’s first office in Russia and oversaw the launch of a series of channels, including Nickelodeon-HD and Nick Jr.
Walters is a Children’s BAFTA Juror (2014) and was named as one of TechCityInsiders’s 100 people helping redefine digital business in Britain. He began his career in strategy consulting and holds a BA from the University of Oxford.