Wednesday 21 February 2018

Food app whets appetite at start-up awards

John Mulligan

John Mulligan

A phone app aimed at boosting restaurant business and which was created by an Irish entrepreneur has been shortlisted for the final stages of an EU competition that fosters start-ups.

Tempster was developed by Dubliner Ollie Fegan (32), who works in the food services industry. The app, which was launched in February, allows restaurants and other outlets to promote offers for same-day reservations to users.

The app identifies a user's location on their phone and notifies them of all offers available in the area. Mr Fegan (pictured) secured a €100,000 investment on 'Dragons' Den' for a 20pc stake in his business earlier this year.

Tempster is one of just 12 technology products from around Europe that have made the cut for the final stages of the Tech All Stars award. Among the investors and entrepreneurs backing the awards are Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Virgin's Richard Branson and Reid Hoffman from Linkedin.

After a forum in Berlin this weekend, the list will be whittled down to three. The final will be held in Dublin on June 19 and 20, with the event being attended by European Commission vice-president Neelie Kroes.

Tempster is vying for the top spot with apps including an online visual search engine for purchasing clothes and a service for managing and monitoring servers across clouds.

Irish Independent

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