Bath students’ ‘Spuddy’ app attracts investment
Students from the University of Bath who have developed a smartphone app that enables users to find sports buddies have secured £36,000 funding to bring their idea to market. Spuddy is a free iPhone app that helps users to find sports buddies based on their sporting interests, abilities and location.
Dominic Stevens and Max Pilgrim, co-founders of Spuddy, secured the funding from a private investor after winning the university’s Business Plan Competition.
It’s the first app of its kind to use advanced technology to automatically match users up with others nearby who play the same sports to the same ability. Spuddy users can invite others to play with them and arrange the date, time and location all on the app. It then keeps track of who won and lost so that you can view your history, track your progress and compare yourself to others.
The funding means Max and Dominic can employ an experienced app developer and a designer.
Dominic says: “We’re so excited to have received investment which has allowed us to come so far in such a short period of time. The start-up community is so fast paced and now is such a great time to be involved, we’ve had so much interest in Spuddy and we’re overwhelmed with the support. We were invited to a networking event in Brussels over the summer and we’ve also been to Nokia and Deloitte UK head offices to talk about Spuddy and our visions.”
Spuddy is currently undergoing testing and will be available to the public soon.
Find out more at www.spuddyapp.com
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