Triplify app developers look to secure investment

Triplify app founders Damien Hatton, Matt Fontana and John Daniels.
Triplify app founders Damien Hatton, Matt Fontana and John Daniels.

THE trio behind travellers what's on guide app Triplify is close to securing a $500,000 investment to expand the concept.

John Daniels, Damien Hatton and Matt Fontana met at the inaugural Startup Weekend two years ago and combined to develop the app that gives travellers details of events from festivals to markets happening all over the world.

Triplify, based at Spacecubed in the city, is still a hobby for the founders who work other jobs and fund the app themselves but interest from several investors could change that by Christmas.

‘We’ve been having meetings with a group of Perth investors and that’s been going really well and hopefully before Christmas we’ll have that tied up,’ Mr Hatton said.

‘At the moment we’ve got quite good coverage around Australia in terms of the events but the investment will help us expand our coverage around the world.’

Mr Fontana conceived the idea when he was in London in 2012.

He had lined up a date but got stood up at the last minute because the woman saw a poster advertising a concert she wanted to see.

This made him realise how hard it was for travellers to know about events from one destination to another. Mr Daniels, a software developer, said he went along to the first Startup Weekend because he wanted to get more involved with startup businesses.

He developed an app, mypreorder, that allows consumers to pre-order food and drinks from a smartphone in 2011.

The next Startup Weekend, sponsored by the City of Perth, is on November 21-23 at Spacecubed, 45 St Georges Terrace, Perth.

Visit www.perth.startupweekend.org.