Challenge:
Hospitality

It’s no surprise many bars and restaurants are immensely struggling right now. Delivery and take-out is an option for some businesses, but popular delivery apps are asking high profit margins. And what about post-lockdown? How can bars and restaurants facilitate their guests when social distancing is still the norm and they have very limited space? Two teams provided solutions.

The first team, represented by Patrick Trentelman (founder of the Spacetime Layers app) wants to use his existing app to offer hospitality businesses to be able to show their capacity, safety measures taken and their current menu in real time. “Red means full capacity, orange means it’s crowded and green means there’s still plenty of room at the bar or restaurant”, Patrick explains. “Restaurants can also update their menus in real time for example.”

The jury verdict: “It’s a very interesting proposition”, Jellie says. “But its success depends on the ability to do update in real time, which is the ultimately up to the business owners themselves, before it can be automated. So we would like to see more validation first, before the next steps can be taken. Are hospitality business owners really interested and willing to use the app?”

The second team, represented by entrepreneur Srinivas Sista (who also participated in the first sprint) wants to tackle delivery and distancing issues between personnel and customers. “We want to develop an app that helps customers order and pay at the restaurant and also decide if they want to sit there or take their order home with them”, Srinivas says. “This will limit contact at the restaurant and also provides a far less costly alternative to popular delivery apps.”

The jury verdict: “You’ve shown a large understanding of the problem and the market and it’s a clever concept”, Paul de Rook says. “But I’m not sure if this is right for high-end restaurants, where face to face contact is a big part of the experience. If you could partner up with bigger players in the hospitality sector, get them on board, you should have no problem with finding the necessary funding, marketing and rolling out of your concept.”

Check all the pitches and jury verdicts here:


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