The handicaddie story
Learning the trade 2014-2018
January 1, 2014
Founder Graham Curry learns his trade as a caddie at Castlerock Golf Club, a links course located in the North of Ireland, neighbouring links golf giants Royal Portrush and Portstewart.
Being inspired – October 2018
October 1, 2018
Through witnessing the inefficiencies of the caddie arrangement process for caddies , golf clubs and golfers, Graham sets out with ambitions to create a platform that will make the process of arranging and booking caddies better for everyone involved. Handicaddie is born.
November 2018 – March 2019 Research
November 1, 2018
Armed with a concept and an aspiration to make things better, Graham travels to golf clubs across the country to learn more about the issues they face within their caddie programmes. This learning phase validates the concept and gives Graham confidence to pursue things further.
July 2019 – The Open comes to Northern Ireland
July 1, 2019
With over 230,000 golf fans attending the British Open at Royal Portrush, golf tourism spikes in Ireland . Graham continues to work as a caddie at Castlerock, which proves an incredible opportunity to speak to golfers from across the globe about his idea.
October 2019 – Invent Final
October 1, 2019
Our first Breakthrough, Handicaddie is recognised as one of the top 12 most promising start-ups in Northern Ireland.
January 2020 – The team begins to grow
January 1, 2020
Graham brings Ryan Bennett on board the Handicaddie team, a Graphic Designer with a burning passion for golf tech. The next few months see Ryan and Graham working together to create a visual representation of how their platform will function. During this time Handicaddie begins to gain publicity , and is recognised as one of the top 50 start-ups to watch in 2020 by The Irish Times.
April 2020 – Funding
April 1, 2020
Belfast Tech firm Techstart see’s potential in the concept, and awards a proof of concept grant , enabling the company to begin software development of the final platform.
May 2020 – Team Expansion
May 25, 2020
Development of the software initiates, which sees the addition of two software engineers. Chris Kitson joins the team as lead developer, bringing over 15 years experiences and having worked with Google as well as numerous start-ups. James Cleary joins our team as a Software intern, bringing extensive experience in front end technologies.