I hope by the next blog we will have exceeded our first 1,000 clubs – we have a number of contracts out for signing with local authorities and sports bodies that would mean we would be well over that 1000 mark. As I have said before, it’s a long process for them then to convert to the end users getting on the system and using it properly and this is the bit we really love – hearing the positive feedback from end-users, along with their ideas and suggestions.
I enjoyed delivering a key note speech this week at the Sport and Recreational Alliance Directors Evening on my favourite subject – using technology to create social change. I always get really nervous before any major speech, pitch or generally big audience events. My poor husband and Alex at RunAClub are used to this and throw a multitude of very helpful ‘jollying up’ motivational comments at me. And of course its always absolutely fine – in fact I have to admit I love it! The minute I stand up, I’m off!
I’ve been asked to deliver two keynote speeches in September, slightly different perspectives and very different audiences (sport and education) but I will look forward to an opportunity to highlight my mantra of the importance of using technology to bring about social change in communities; building platforms for the next generation.
Wow – is all I can say at the minute! The Big Venture Challenge has kicked off for us with a bang. We have been given a fantastic ‘dream team’ of three key individuals who will be championing RunAClub, supporting us through the next 12 months to scale RunAClub up and bring in the investors and partners in the process. They really get stuck into the nitty gritty, are huge fans of RunAClub and can really visualise the future potential.
We have been successful in the Big Venture Challenge and this is exciting for us as we have such an extraordinary amount of interest in RunAClub, but need to increase our team and make some new additions to the technology to take on some major contracts and also reflect the sporting sector’s needs. The BVC platform will leverage investment and we are already talking to interested parties. It’s important that I take the time here to explain that it is extremely important to us that we bring on socially minded investors – it truly is the crux of everything we do. We are scrutinising them as much as they scrutinise us.