Vconnecta has announced the sign-up of an initial group of customers in the United States becoming the first Irish company to supply campaigning technology to a major political party there.

Founder Brendan Finucane said that unlike other companies operating in the notoriously competitive US political market, Vconnecta maintains a ‘strict policy of non-partisanship’ and is ‘open for business’ to both Republican and Democratic candidates.

The first group of live customers is based in Nevada, where primary Congressional elections are being held this June and a general election in November.

The Cork startup says that it has already made ‘substantial inroads’ into the Irish political market, with Ecanvasser already in use among candidates from five political parties ahead of the local elections in May.

Commenting on the news, founder Brendan Finucane said that the opening of the US group of customers “represents a huge milestone in Vconnecta’s expansion,” adding that the company was keen to “develop and deepen” its ties with parties in the US.

He added: “As an Irish startup in the US political technology market, we’re competing with ‘household names’ there such as NationBuilder, Organizer, and NGPVan, which are often over ten times our size.”

“But the rollout of our initial user-base in Nevada proves that our technology is capable of meeting the needs of the major US parties, and the agility of our development team and API mean that we can pivot to explore new markets in a fraction of the time that larger organisations could.”

“These first few sales in the US represent a big step forward in us asserting a presence there; and it’s a market we’re particularly excited about.

For more information on Vconnecta and Ecanvasser you can check out their website on the following link.