Venture January 2020
The new year has begun with lots of positive developments. Firstly, Brigid McKeown has joined the team as Venture Solutions Manager. Her role will involve supporting both our portfolio companies and our own internal operations. Brigid joins from Mastercard Labs, where she was Programme Coordinator for Start Path, Mastercard’s global startup engagement programme. We also will be launching our first deal of the year to the Elkstone Venture Club imminently, so keep an eye out for that.
Paddy Dillon is a Venture Analyst at Elkstone.
VENTURE CLUB COMPANY NEWS
Meal kit company Gousto has partnered with The Meatless Farm Co to deliver consumers more plant-based meals in the UK. These new plant-based options will add to Gousto’s portfolio of over 40 recipes each week and marks the first time that Meatless Farm products will be available through a recipe box service. Read more here.
Online food ordering platform Flipdish has been included, and highlighted as a ‘startup to watch’ in a definitive international report on The Future of On-demand Food Delivery compiled by Sifted an online publication backed by The Financial Times. Download the full report here.
Manna has partnered with Cubic Telecom for Irish drone food delivery plans. Together, the telecoms business and the drone startup are collaborating with the end goal of launching a new high-speed food delivery service in the US and Europe. Read more here.
Founders of Dollar Shave Club, Warby Parker and other billion-dollar companies exploited giant rivals’ weaknesses — and really listened to their customers. Read more here.
Here’s an interesting Podcast for you to listen to on your commute into the office or on your morning jog. Hear what Patricia Scanlon has to say as the CEO and founder of Soapbox Labs, the leader in automated speech recognition for kids. Here is the link to the podcast.