The COVID-19 pandemic has led to many occasions being placed on maintain. However, as a result of vaccine rollout, we’re now at some extent the place the U.Okay. will see a social increase with many rescheduled and overdue occasions resuming over the approaching months. However, an issue that has lengthy existed is discovering distributors on your occasions. Three entrepreneurs; Oshoma Zekeri, Yoma James Kukor, and Charles Ofoegbu are searching for to repair this downside by making a stress-free, reasonably priced, on-demand app referred to as Vendoir the place you possibly can uncover and e book distributors reminiscent of DJs, photographers, or caterers.
Zekeri, who’s the CEO of Vendoir moved to the U.Okay. from Nigeria for college and after college took up a job working in Health & Safety for a number of outstanding companies reminiscent of Barclays and CBRE. In 2016, he needed to arrange his wedding ceremony and his expertise trying to find distributors was a nightmare. He had an extended listing of cellphone numbers however had no actual method to decipher who was good and how a lot he must be paying them. He tried discovering an app or web site on the time that might assist him with the method however in the end none offered a ok answer and his solely different was to spend hundreds of kilos on an occasions organizer. This complete course of led to him arising with the thought for Vendoir, a “one-stop answer for customers to search out distributors reminiscent of DJ’s, Photographers and Videographers and for distributors to handle their bookings, charges and market themselves”.
He did a major quantity of analysis however because of job and different commitments he sat on the thought for a couple of years, nonetheless, in early 2020 he determined that a great way to get the venture going and break up the workload could be to deliver different folks on board. In his quest to search out folks to work with Zekeri reached out to his community searching for a CTO (Chief Technical Officer) and was put in contact with Ofoegbu, a developer who has constructed many apps and labored as a software program engineer for over 10 years. Ofoegbu liked the idea as he was confronted with the identical ache factors and thought this was a superb alternative to unravel these points.
A quick whereas after, Zekeri met up with Kukor who had been a colleague that he saved in contact with by means of enjoying soccer collectively on weekends. They met as much as talk about investing within the inventory market nonetheless after Zekeri shared the thought for Vendoir this topic took over the dialog. At the time Kukor was operating an occasions promotion enterprise organizing membership nights in London and was confronted with lots of the points Zekeri was attempting to unravel by means of Vendoir steadily which meant he instantly understood the issue. He was introduced on as Chief Operating Officer and the trio began engaged on making the app a actuality.
Building Vendoir throughout COVID-19 has meant the trio have been working remotely since 2020. Juggling this alongside their day jobs has meant frequent night calls into the early hours of the morning discussing technique and researching what customers could be searching for within the answer they’re offering. The app they’re constructing can be a market the place customers can seek for distributors on-demand primarily based on location and dates and discover out by means of opinions whether or not they’re good and definitely worth the worth. The distributors may even profit from the app as direct comparability will make it simpler for them to cost themselves appropriately and thru a set of options, the app will provide distributors the chance to simply accept dependable bookings, market themselves, obtain instantaneous notification, and see the analytics behind their web page “in the end it’s going to enable distributors to take management of their charges and develop their enterprise in a way more environment friendly vogue”. This may even give new entrants, sole merchants, and freelancers the chance to community and scale their enterprise with out spending a penny on advertising and marketing.
The trio are near launching their on-demand app simply in time for the tip of lockdown within the U.Okay and subsequent month can be launching a crowdfund marketing campaign with Crowdcube to contain the group that may profit from the app as early of their journey as attainable.
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