Nicholas Walters is founder and CEO of Hopster, the entertainment and learning platform for kids aged 2-6.
The platform offers over 3,500 episodes of premium TV shows as well as music, books and learning games all in a safe, ad-free environment. Hopster can be download from the App Store and Google Play and is available on selected TV platforms including the Vodafone OTT service in Iceland, EE TV and Freesat in the UK and Maxis in Malaysia.
Since launching in 2013, Hopster has topped the App Store charts in over 36 countries and was awarded 2016’s Best App of the Year on Apple TV in the UK and Ireland. It was also selected the Best Streaming Video Platform for preschoolers by Kidscreen in 2016 and 2018.
The London-based startup is backed by UK and international investors, including: Davina McCall, Tony Orsten (The Imaginarium), Bhavneet Singh (Viacom, Pearson), Sandbox & Co, Angel CoFund and Sony Pictures Television.
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.