SVA19: Florin Mandache, Co-founder of Time2dine
Ahead of the FutureX Silicon Valley Accelerate trip in April, DIGIT caught up with some of the entrepreneurs and startup founders heading to the States.
In April, a cohort of Scotland’s brightest tech entrepreneurs will travel to the US as part of our Silicon Valley Accelerate programme.
I have always loved tech and I’m constantly researching recent developments.
Personal experience mainly. My wife, Carolyn, and I have four kids and dining out as a family could become stressful when there was a lot of waiting involved. Together we founded the company and found through research that many people would value cutting waiting times in restaurants; not just families, but those short on time for lunch and pre-event diners also.
Restaurants could see the appeal, but we became aware that many venues were using the same outdated POS systems for years. We were confident we could develop something better, to integrate with our bookings, and so now have our own system, which can be adapted to the clients’ needs.
I hope to be able to investigate further what competition we would have in the US if we considered a Time2dine launch there, and I’m very interested to visit some of the world leading companies that FutureX can provide us access to.
There is the potential to meet investors and gather feedback on what the US’ views are on our services. The leadership training, along with being with a cohort of other ambitious startups, will help me to grow our company, learn with my peers and pass on those skills to other members of our team.
As a startup, it’s important to build your brand awareness and build trust in your company.
"Being associated with respected companies like FutureX, and having read the impact previous trips have had for startups, it’s really exciting to be a part of it." - Florin Mandache, Time2dine
FutureX can open doors in introducing me to the leaders in world tech, as well as providing training through the mini accelerator. It would be hard to find a better motivation to keep going than by visiting Silicon Valley with other tech enthusiasts and the confidence boost that being accepted onto this programme has given us.
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