Three Spanish students who met on a technology course in America have launched an innovative delivery service in the region.
Mario Navarro, Leon Herrera and Joseba Mendivil relocated to Newcastle last year where they were part of the ignite 100 Accelerator programme.
This gives start-up founders the opportunity to shape their companies in a 14-week programme, with access to world-class mentoring from digital success stories including Google, Twitter and Facebook.
On the back of what they learned on the course, the trio decided to launch Jinn, a vehicle/bike courier service delivering items to addresses in Newcastle less than an hour after orders.
Navarro said: “People are thrilled that they can get food from Nando’s, Wagamama, clothes, groceries or anything else delivered in 45 minutes to their place of preference.
“It’s an unusual business but that’s what makes it even more exciting.”
Jinn – another name for genie – is an app available for iPhone and Android. The business currently has 20 couriers. Navarro added: “We found the Accelerator programme really useful.
“It connected us with people who had already started their own businesses who know what your’re talking about and who can help you.
“We met a lot of investors and we able to get extra funding and would recommend it to other entrepreneurs who want to turn their startup idea into a real business.
“We launched Jinn without any App, it was a very simple Facebook page which allowed people to order.
“People could ask us to go and collect, say, a pair of shoes that they had tried on, or maybe a dress they had liked on the internet but it could only be delivered in five days, and they want it now, so we would go to the store.
“However, most of our orders have been restaurants that don’t deliver.
“In the beginning Jinn was very popular with college students but now it’s also been used by a lot of young professionals across Newcastle.
“We’ve done more than 600 deliveries in the three months we’ve been active.
“We plan to extend to other cities in the UK.
Jinn was launched in November, mid-way through the Accelerator programme.