Lo­cal startup scores with foot­ball app

Central Leader - - SITUATIONS VACANT - SAMHEWAT

Three young en­trepreneurs are look­ing to make their mark on the foot­ball in­dus­try with an award­win­ning app.

Auck­land res­i­dents Sam Jenk­ins, Mike Simp­son, and Sam Jasper launched MY F.C. (My Foot­ball Club) with the hope of cre­at­ing a dig­i­tal home for foot­ballers across the globe.

De­signed to help teams and clubs or­gan­ise their play­ers and keep up-to-date sta­tis­tics, the start-up won top prize for BNZ’s Start-up Al­ley at Web­stock ear­lier this month, where they re­ceived $15,000 and a free trip to San Fran­cisco.

That came just two days af­ter the app launched on An­droid and iOS on Fe­bru­ary 14.

Simp­son said the award was an amaz­ing achieve­ment, al­beit a bit of a sur­prise.

‘‘They threw us a cou­ple of curve balls re­ally,’’ Simp­son said.

‘‘We had pre­pared our pre­sen­ta­tion to­gether, but just be­fore go­ing on stage we got told there was only al­lowed to be one speaker on stage.’’

Jenk­ins took charge of the mi­cro­phone and knocked it out of the park, he said.

All three founders grew up with a love for foot­ball. Simp­son said the idea came about be­cause of their con­tin­ued frus­tra­tion with a clut­tered foot­balling world.

‘‘We were all just sick of us­ing about 15 dif­fer­ent types of medi­ums to run our foot­ball lives,’’ he said.

The app cen­tres around team man­age­ment, though Simp­son said the $15,000 prize money would be used to help in­tro­duce new fea­tures.

Teams can or­gan­ise train­ings and games, as well as pro­duce live up­dates, keep up-to-date player sta­tis­tics, and even fol­low other clubs and leagues around the globe. The idea is to make things a lot eas­ier for coaches and man­agers, but also to help foster com­pe­ti­tion through shar­ing sta­tis­tics and scores to so­cial me­dia.

With their trip to San Fran­cisco, Simp­son hopes to grow the com­pany on a global scale.

‘‘New Zealand’s been a fan­tas­tic test­ing mar­ket,’’ Simp­son said.

‘‘But for us to grow how we want, the end goal would be to base our­selves in a place like San Fran­cisco.’’

The trio have been work­ing on the app full­time for the past 18 months.

They hope to get 50,000 users be­fore the win­ter foot­ball sea­son kicks off in New Zealand next month.

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MY F.C. co-founders Sam Jenk­ins (left), Mike Simp­son (cen­tre), and Sam Jasper.

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