WeBringg has been named ‘Best Startup Business’ in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2018 (IBYE) in a competition held by Ireland’s Local Enterprise Office in Google Headquarters on Sunday the 22nd of April. WeBringg provides businesses with delivery in under 90 minutes and is the first company in Ireland to offer a last-mile solution to small businesses, retailers and large chains by using a team of crowdsourced drivers.
Childhood friends, Alan Hickey and Sean Murray developed the idea for WeBringg in late 2016 at a party when they were discussing their forgotten wives’ birthday presents. With a resounding yes from peers when asked if they would like if they were offered same-day delivery, Alan and Sean began to build the initial stages for WeBringg. Today, WeBringg operates in Ireland, The UK, Australia and New Zealand and employs a total of 27 staff members with plans to increase this to 35 by the end of 2018.
“IBYE was the first national award WeBringg have won. We now have national recognition.” Alan Hickey, co-founder of WeBringg said, “To be named ‘Best Start-Up’ in the country, with the calibre of competition we were up against is phenomenal.” WeBringg are assured further opportunities will begin to flood in, since their win on April 22nd. “We found within a couple of days, people were calling us to say ‘wow, well done’.” Alan said, “We always knew we were at the top of our game but now third parties have looked in under the bonnet and have independently said that they also agree.”
The Local Enterprise Office holds the IBYE competition each year with three categories with one overall winner within these categories. The three categories consist of ‘Best New Idea’, ‘Best Start-Up Business’ and ‘Best Established Business’ with WeBringg taking the title for ‘Best Start-Up Business’ of 2018. Conor O’Loughlin was named the overall IBYE winner under the category for ‘Best Established Business’ with his company Glofox, a gym and studio management software. Brendan Boland was named winner of ‘The Best New Idea’ category with his company Loci Orthopaedics, an innovative orthopaedic thumb implant.
Last year, WeBringg had taken place in the 2017 IBYE competition and did not make it past the first regional part of the competition, “We were up against people like Everest Granola and Strong Roots. It showed us what we needed to be.” Alan said. “You have to be robust, the judging panel as a whole is looking for a startup that’s sustainable. We learnt that.”
Why did WeBringg win the 2018 IBYE awards? “I think judges saw that we had come across an opportunity that we were able to exploit and take advantage of here in Ireland as well as overseas.” Alan said, “I know it’s called Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur, but it was never a singular award for us. WeBringg are a team, it didn’t matter what member of staff was up there pitching for the IBYE competition, it was the simple concept of our business.”
What does winning ‘Best Start-Up Business’ in the IBYE competition mean for the future of WeBringg? “We now have something as credible and recognisable as IBYE behind us when we go into meetings or pitches or any opportunity. For us, as a young and innovative company, it was a really good category for us to have been in and won.”
You can check out out previous blog post about the regional competition here: http://webringg.com/webringg-wins-best-start-2017-fingal-ibye-local-awards/
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