Entrepreneurs raise development funds

Liam Hill and Jake Lynch are organising a transport app.
Liam Hill and Jake Lynch are organising a transport app.

Mr Lynch said Italian company Moka started developing their app last week and expects it to be released in March.

‘We raised a lot more than we expected and it’s great to see so much interest in it,’ he said.

‘They are using some of the skeleton screenshots we made and we get to have executive decisions. It’s all pretty exciting.’

Mr Lynch said Pick Me App was a program that allowed users to source a lift home from people in their phone’s contact list.

‘We are looking at releasing it for free or as ‘freemium’ because it works better if more people are using it,’ he said.

Mr Lynch said neither he nor Mr Hill had any experience with software design and a lack of capital led them to pitch their idea on sellanapp.com for crowd funding.

The 22-year-old said the idea came about from the problems of trying to get home after a night out.

‘We were sitting around at the pub talking about ways of getting home and how it is an everyday problem,’ he said.

‘In Perth, it can get quite busy on a night out, so not only is it hard to find a taxi, but the fares are ridiculously expensive.

‘We talked about how it would be handy to know if a friend could pick you up without worrying about either waking them or annoying them.

‘On the flipside, you can be on the receiving end of that and get constant requests from your mates wanting lifts.’