I’ve just returned from an incredible trip to 3 parts of the world that represent huge and diverse opportunities.
I don’t want to take up too much of your time here, and if you want to know more about anything in particular, please get in touch.
China – We were very fortunate to be one of the 15 Victorian startups selected to attend the Jiangsu-Victoria Startup Summit. This was a unique opportunity to learn a little about the Chinese market and pitch to potential Chinese partners and investors. There was also a startup competition.
And we came second!
The event was huge, and I have to follow up with the judges, mentors, and other interesting people. As soon as I get access to the official photography and video I’ll do a proper announcement and a dedicated blog post.
Until then, special shoutouts to the team at ACASE, my mentor for this trip Peter Tunjic, and Louise from Louise B Creative who helped craft a stunning deck.
– You can see the Chinese pitch deck here
– And the English version here
After that, it was the 15-hour transit to Dublin. Fortunately for me, there were only 10 people on the 13-hour leg. I’m vertically challenged for long haul flight and enjoyed the luxury of stretching out in steerage.
Ireland – I visited both Belfast and Dublin and met with representatives from both city councils. As you may have seen, Passel has successfully secured a phase two contract with Enterprise Ireland’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Programme, to pilot new solutions that address the challenge of last-mile deliveries in both Dublin and Belfast.
More about that here – http://www.dublincity.ie/phase-two-smart-dublin%E2%80%99s-last-mile-delivery-challenge-launches.
In a fortunate coincidence of timing, I was able to attend The Retail Excellence Retreat and meet with 100s of retailers and retail partners. The appetite for the Passel service, and the value proposition that is about more than just deliveries, was considerable. Plenty of following up to do ahead of our launch in Ireland.
The Netherlands – The final leg of my trip was to attend the 2nd InNOWvate Supply Chain Event. A great opportunity to catch up with new and old friends, pitch Passel, and see what the world is doing to improve global and local supply chains.
And that’s a wrap. 4 countries, 12 days, and about 100 cups of coffee.
I’m quite amazed at the entrepreneurial and outward-looking people I met with. I feel the Dutch and Irish have always had an appetite that extends far beyond their small geographic footprint, and the Chinese are fast catching up.
Add all this together with the new Passel services launching in July, along with our new larger retail partners, and the future for shoppers delivering to shoppers looks bright.