Describe the company – the elevator pitch …
Foodoppi is the brain child of Aisling Larkin and Louise Lennox – a creative media edtech company transforming the way learning is happening for our future generations by harnessing the power of technology to educate, entertain and empower all through the wonders of food and science.
How are you different?
Foodoppi is an entirely unique technology driven edu-tainment platform. We see the world through the lens of food and science and excite children with a love of life long learning. Our content speaks directly to children in a manner they relate to and we connect with the world through the online digital platform along with a host of social media channels.
We also create innovative and original educational content and resources for classrooms all over Ireland as well as developing e-learning teacher training programmes.
All our content is in line with the Irish primary school curriculum so ideal for teachers and parents to use to encourage children to engage with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) while fostering positive relationships with real food.
In addition to we also curate and host live events, experiences and campaigns for events, corporates and festivals.
Foodoppi loves to partner and collaborate with smart, global partners who have a vision for the future aligned to ours.
Why will the company/product do well?
Today’s busy millennial parents hugely value creativity, critical thinking and STEM along with health and wellness for their families.
However most struggle with having the time or resources to get creative with their kids. Foodoppi looks to solve this problem by delivering an innovative platform created by experts, trusted by parents and loved by kids.
Our extraordinary approach to food and science education has already proven to be an effective way to foster positive relationships with food while exciting children about learning and gaining skills for a bright future.
A core philosophy of Foodoppi is experiential learning and by engaging with the Foodoppi content, we are getting our digital natives to move away from online screens to real hands on learning experiences.
Highlighting their new approach to educating children, Aisling states, “Education and learning has been done in the same way for hundreds of years. It’s boring and static at times and not very engaging or exciting. Its done mostly through books and 2D images. We want to transform this by using technology to connect with our future generations with food and STEM like never before power making learning fun, exciting, relatable, accessible and inspiring.”
Where are you based?
We are located in the vibrant start up hub that is the Media Cube, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. It is a great location with lots of start ups at various stages. Always a friendly face, a helpful ear and valuable advice available (and great coffee if you know the right door to knock on – we bring the cake!)
No need for high blood pressure at the thoughts of practical work – Do our online summer course and we give you everything you need to know! pic.twitter.com/ThTCflc7Vx
— Foodoppi (@FoodOppi) June 29, 2017
When was the company launched?
The company was launched in 2016 and we have been working hard at developing the concept and platform since then.
What have been your biggest wins to date?
We are delighted to reveal that our creative online company has been named amongst the top ten media technology start ups in Dublin by Dublin Globe and RTE. It is a great honour to be recognised and valued within the tech community for our contribution to the future.
Co-founders Aisling and Louise were featured on a recent episode of the video series Built in Dublin. Conceptualised by Dublin Globe and RTE, this video series was created to showcase the media tech founders and startups that are making a significant contribution towards changing the media industry in Dublin.
Muirne Laffan, RTE’s Chief Digital Officer said “Ireland and indeed Dublin is a serious player in the global startup scene. Our collaboration with Dublin Globe in creating the Built in Dublin series helps this community in a meaningful way, providing many great insights for startups coming up the ranks.”
In addition to this, presenting our vision for the future of Food Education in Leinster House and subsequently detailing our innovative approach to STEM Education to our government Ministers has been another big win for us.
What type of people (market segment) are you trying to attract to your product?
We offer huge value to a number of different stakeholders – We are currently lobbying and speaking with key government ministers about developing new Food and STEM education programmes for our school. Our innovative initiatives fall very much in line with some national policies like the ‘A Healthy Weight for Ireland: Policy & Action Plan 2016’ as well as the ‘STEM Education in the Irish School System Report 2016’ for which we can provide the solution.
Subsequently, we are dedicated to empowering both parents and teachers with the strategies, toolkits, resources and knowledge they need to have happy, healthy, creative children.
And for the kids, we know our audience – we speak their language, we go where they ar e and we truly connect with them in our unique and novel way.
"You have the cooking,the science,the art,you have cross curricular. I thought whole programme was very imaginative & innovative" Principal pic.twitter.com/o8sqpYqsqv
— Foodoppi (@FoodOppi) June 28, 2017
Tell us about your team?
Aisling Larkin and Louise Lennox, the female co-founders have a very original and authentic offering, skill set, manner and core belief that makes them easily identifiable amongst thousands of other organisations.
Aisling is an educator with a M.Sc in food product design, while Louise is highly experience professional chef and broadcaster on the hit TV show The Restaurant. Both co-founders have honed their knowledge, skills and expertise over the last decade to become Ireland’s Children’s Food & Science Specialists. They regularly contribute their exciting and innovative content to a variety of media outlets from TV3’s The Six O Clock Show to RTE Radio & Digital Lifestyle platform.
What are your long term plans for your product/company?
The long term vision is to use technology to help grow the movement, scale our message and reach global audiences through our fun, exciting and inspirational food and science world. We are also ambitiously and determinedly creating a new and transformative e-learning food & STEM eduction programme for the European Market.
Find out a little more about our online teacher summer courses: Making Science Fun https://t.co/pQ5JagDeZr . Book Now !
— Foodoppi (@FoodOppi) May 26, 2017
What are your favourite tech gadgets?
Depends which lady you ask – For Aisling she is never without the iPhone, most days the entire business can be ran from the palm of her hand, whether its emailing, designing graphics, creating and editing food shots or connecting with their Foodoppi community. For Louise it has to be her molecular gastronomy toolkit – maybe some very cool liquid nitrogen or some amazing scientific ingredients.
What tech gadgets do you wish you could use to help you?
There are some amazing technological developments within the food and tech space – we cannot wait to use these gadgets to really showcase our molecular gastronomy live events. Liquid Nitrogen is currently one of our favourite technologically advanced ingredients we love to work with – have you tasted our ice-cream – insanely good!
Also, we are very excited about what we could do if we got our hands on the IBM Chef Watson Cognitive Cooking Tool. A world of endless flavour possibilities. Bring it on…….
How do people get in touch with you?
Snapchat : Foodoppi
Linkedn : Foodoppi, Aisling Larkin, Louise Lennox