Simple idea delivers €50k for Best Young Entrepreneur

Eamon Keane of Xpreso Newsdesk

SOFTWARE that allows customers to track deliveries like pizzas and parcels has landed one Dubliner the title of 'Ireland's Best Young Entrepreneur' and a €50,000 cash prize.

Eamon Keane (28), who studied engineering in UCD, fended off competition from more than 1,000 other entrants.

Eamon won the award for his start-up 'Xpreso', a programme that allows online customers to track precisely where their delivery is and when it will arrive.

"The idea came when I was waiting for a takeaway. I had ordered some Thai food online. Then an hour later when there was no sign of it, I was thinking 'did they get my order and where's my driver?'. Originally we were trying to tackle that whole pain of waiting when you're hungry," he said.

"Then we saw a better opportunity to apply it to the parcel sector because you could be waiting all day for a parcel."

Eamon co-founded the company in 2013 when he poured €10,000 of his own money into the project. It now employs eight people and will launch with a courier firm next month. It is the first year of the awards which was supported by the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and received €2m in Government funding.