Virtual peephole start-up named John Lewis’ 2015 JLAB winner

Internet of things device Peeple has won £100,000 funding and a contract with the high street retailer

Retailer John Lewis has today announced the overall 2015 winner of its JLAB tech start-up accelerator; Peeple.

An internet of things (IoT) smart camera device, Peeple enables users to virtually look through the peephole of their home via smartphone or tablet from anywhere in the world and claims to bring caller ID to your front door.

The start-up company was selected as a finalist for the 12 week accelerator earlier this year alongside five other businesses, including queue management app Quidini, and, will now receive £100,000 funding and a contract to sell its device in John Lewis stores.

Paul Coby, IT Director at John Lewis, said: “This year’s competition has been even better than when we founded it last year.  The winner, Peeple, is an innovative product in this year’s really hot area of the Internet of Things. We see great opportunities for developing this product into a ‘must have’ app and home security device.

All five contestants are winners this year, and in addition to awarding Peeple the £100,000 prize we are investing in or supporting all five of them.

Peeple CEO, Chris Chuter, commented:

“I first came up with the idea for Peeple when my three-year old son walked out the front door to walk to his grandma’s house without my knowledge – the initial fright led me to start tinkering on a way to find out automatically when the front door is opened. We’ve come a long way since then and JLAB has been instrumental in helping ready the product for launch in the UK and beyond.”

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