Tech start-up giving innovation a sporting chance
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Superwheel is a revolutionary bicycle wheel that can significantly improve cycling efficiency and solely relies on human power.
Anyone who has ever been frustrated by the slow pace of play on a golf course will be pleased to learn that Cork-based tech start-up PowerThru Golf is working with the CIT Nimbus Technology Gateway on a software solution that allows golf clubs to manage and improve the pace of play on their course while also allowing players to input scores electronically.
PowerThru Golf founder Aidan Power worked closely with Nimbus to design and develop the beta platform for the product. This consisted of multiple core features including the integration of Google GPS for slow-play tracking. As the development progressed, Nimbus was able to assist in integrating the platform with leading third-party systems.
This integration not only enhances the offering to golf clubs and players, but also puts PowerThru Golf in a very strong position to gain market traction.
Reinventing the wheel is normally something entrepreneurs try to avoid but this is precisely the aim of Simon Chan with his Superwheel. Superwheel is a revolutionary bicycle wheel that can significantly improve cycling efficiency and solely relies on human power.
Developed with supports from DkIT’s Enterprise Ireland funded New Frontiers programme, the new wheel is currently being marketed to city commuters, cycling enthusiasts, environmentalists who are still using less sustainable transports and to others who may have a mobility disadvantage that restricts them from cycling.
Using the Superwheel is a green and efficient mode of transport that provides more than 30 per cent improved efficiency.
Distribution contracts have been signed with Stephane Basso of CicloCaffè, Bassin d’Arcachon in France, where the first production units have gone on sale. Agreements are also close to being signed with partners in Canada, Hong Kong and Japan.
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