The 2017 Start Up Weekend Dunedin held last Friday to Sunday has pushed one young entrepreneur to take his thirst-quenching idea further.
Web designer Alex Murray (25), along with four others who joined his team to help progress the idea, has developed a fashionable bottle opener which clips on to a shirt.
Magnets connect the bottle opener, which is called Klamp.
The product secured more than 40 pre-orders over the 55-hour competition via a now closed PledgeMe page and Mr Murray’s idea secured second place at the Start Up Weekend Dunedin event.
Mr Murray came up with the idea one afternoon while enjoying drinks with some friends.
The group was opening a lot of beverages and getting sore hands. Lacking an opener, they employed some ill-advised alternative methods.
“Few friends, one day, one afternoon having a few beers, and it got to the point where we were just opening that many and getting sore hands and started getting cuts and me, personally, I used my teeth, which is not good.”
Klamp was useful because it would be something which a user could have on them at all times, rather than keys or a stand-alone bottle-opener, Mr Murray said.
Coming up with the idea was the first step but there were more challenges to be met during Start Up Weekend Dunedin.
It was important the bottle-opener was light and durable but it also had to meet fashion standards.
“Stylish was the main thing. If it’s going to be seen on you, you want it to not stand out too much but be enough to be kind of [an] accessory to you.”
The prototype was made from aluminium but ideally a future version would be made of stainless steel, Mr Murray said.
The next step for Klamp will be to secure a few suppliers to help make more of the product.
Mr Murray said there were “a few names in the pipeline” but nothing set in stone.
Rather than seeking connections with local bars, Mr Murray said the team was trying to connect with the retail industry.
To that end, he had connected with a local fashion business which was “keen to roll something out”.