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Innovation Grant, High Tech Awards and new USA office for Kiwi tech company SwipedOn
Posted on 1-Jun-2018 20:54 | Tags Filed under: News

Innovation Grant, High Tech Awards and new USA office for Kiwi tech company SwipedOn

Visitor management App SwipedOn has generated a booming success for this two year-young Tauranga tech company. Being a finalist in the NZ Hi-Tech Awards for Start-up of the year, and expanding their operation to the USA this May, the popularity of this Kiwi company has put it in high growth mode.


SwipedOn is a software-as-a-service company - their cloud-based iPad application offers a sleek and modern visitor management system which replaces outdated paper visitor books in receptions.


As a success story of real kiwi ingenuity, SwipedOn was founded in 2013 by Hadleigh Ford, who at the time was working as a captain, steering some of the largest ships to ever meet New Zealand shores into our ports. By 2016, Ford had launched the SwipedOn app and over the last two years has grown the business, with no financial backing or sales team, to be used in over 2,000 cities worldwide. It is largely used in the UK and US.


Most notably, the app was used at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to keep track of athletes coming and going around the games.


SwipedOn has achieved $1m annual recurring revenue, with a further $1m in capital raised. Five new full-time staff have since been employed to keep up with company growth, and as of next month SwipedOn will be opening up their first USA office in San Francisco to service the rapidly growing number of American clients with an innovative solution.


Furthering their winning streak, SwipedOn has also been awarded a research and development grant from Callaghan Innovation. The growth grant is for an initial three year term, refunding 20% of all eligible spend on R&D, up to a total of $15m dollars.


“SwipedOn has grown quickly in the last couple of years and this will certainly help us accelerate the pace of development and innovation. While we started out as a modern replacement for antiquated visitor books, we see a number of ways we can enhance the entire visitor experience and are looking forward to exploring that,” says Mr Hadleigh Ford, CEO and founder at SwipedOn.




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