Describe the company – the elevator pitch
How frustrating is it when your phone dies and you’re nowhere near a charger? Now picture this, what if you could just pop into the nearest shop/bar/train/bus station, buy a little boost and your back on your way. Just like picking up a coke.
That is the freedom and flexibility that Chargys offers. When the Chargy is finished, just recycle it, the proceeds then go to our official partners, the Jack and Jill children’s foundation.
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— Chargys (@Chargys1) February 13, 2017
How are you different?
Any other charging solution requires users to stay fixed to one location or to remember to bring their rechargeable power bank. Rechargeable power banks have been available for 10 years + and we still have dead mobile phones in our pockets. They are great but they still leave a gap. Even if your super prepared you may throw that rechargeable power bank in your bag and forget the cable…
Why will the company / product do well?
Consumers are begging for an impromptu solution. How many times have you been travelling and your afraid to touch your phone in case you might use 1%. The anxiety that causes is ridiculous. Whether you really need the phone or just need to take some selfies the feeling is the same.
Phones are our memory makers. Imagine going to a concert now without taking a quick video. If you don’t, you’re the 1%.
— Chargys (@Chargys1) February 6, 2017
Where are you based?
Based in rural county Galway. It’s actually a large part of how the company was formed. One of our founders was out on the town one night, closing time came and the friends had disappeared.
Taxis in rural Ireland are few and far between so the only saving grace would have been the call home to mammy, but his phone was dead! It ended up being a long, cold walk home with plenty of time to ponder a solution for next time.
When was the company launched?
The company was launched on Novemeber 1st 2016. We started on the streets of Galway City and presold 1000 units. Proving the concept.
What have been your biggest wins to date?
It’s been a complete rollercoaster to be honest. We have some very big contracts we are working on, which I am incredibly proud of but the hardest step truly, is just getting out there and deciding/committing to do something.
The work is long hours, but that’s it. The initial fear of failure, the am I good enough?, the what will he/she say. That’s the hardest bit. When you make the decision to forget all that, you’re in. Its time to work hard and try make it as fun as possible. I think that will always be our biggest win.
What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?
We are in the lucky position whereby our total addressable market is very large, everyone between the ages of 10 and 70. My Grandmother has a smart phone and she’s always complaining it dies when she needs it. But that does also make it a little more difficult from a marketing perspective.
We are initially targeting the 18-30 year old market segment in a very casual, fun way with the hope that the results will then cascade into the other market segments.
Tell us about your team?
The team is currently made up of Bryan Larkin and myself Jonathan Madden. Friends for 15 years and former band mate’s. Bryan has been working in sales for 10 years and is the hardest working person I know. He is the real world sales team and handles the majority of the accounting.
I have a Masters in Technology from the University of Limerick and have been in sales for almost 4 years. I am predominantly responsible for all digital media and strategic planning.
— Chargys (@Chargys1) January 13, 2017
What are your long term plans for your product / company?
Long term we intend to be distributing Chargys worldwide. We are currently setting up a distribution hub in China. We have also begun working on improved versions of the current product to give users the best possible experience always. We intend to set the standard for instant recyclable chargers.
What are your favorite tech gadgets?
It has to be my Macbook Pro. Worth every penny and to be honest although I am probably biased these Chargys, we have probably used as many as we’ve sold they are so handy.
What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?
Partially as a joke, partially serious I’m thinking about purchasing one of those under desk treadmills. I don’t get out of the office! I’ve actually already bought a door pull up bar and one of those rollers for abs on the floor. Every time I pass them I force myself to do a few reps. Need something for the cardio ?
Anything else you’d like to add / we should have asked?
How do Chargys affect the environment?
20% of landifills are currently made up of some form of used batteries. While building Chargys it was incredibly important to us that we did not add to this mess. So our system is simple. Anywhere you can purchase a Chargy you can return a used Chargy. Retailers collect and hold used units, a requirement of WEE laws anyway. We then collect from them and recycle. 100% of the profits from the recycling process then go to the Jack and Jill foundation.
Users are incentivized to give the used units back, by knowing they are doing good for others through the Jack and Jill foundation and by competitions we will run on our social media pages.
How do people get in touch with you?
We are very easy to get in touch with, Facebook messenger probably the quickest way but we are online and available basically 24/7 on all our platforms.