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.
Pandemic Hits (May 2020)
March 23, 2020
The world goes into lockdown, halting Handicaddie’s launch. Plans are made to change, and focus is set on a 2021 launch date.
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.
Further funding from Catalyst (June 2020)
June 20, 2020
After completing the Catalyst Co-Founders 10-week programme, which highlights the importance of design thinking, Ryan and Graham secure a £10,000 grant to aid with further development of the platform.
Caddying Community is Launched (Jan 2021)
January 15, 2021
HandiCaddie launches a networking site for caddies in early 2021. So far over 85 caddies and caddie masters have used the community to network, receive app updates and gain job opportunities, with members from New Zealand, USA, Spain and many more countries
Testing with Golf Clubs (March 2021)
March 10, 2021
5 prestigious clubs from Ireland and the UK test Handicaddie’s platform under non-live conditions. We receive resoundingly positive feedback, with a few tweaks still to be made.
Lahinch and Ardglass sign for trials (April 2021)
April 8, 2021
In April, it is put in writing that 2 of Ireland’s premier links courses are trialling Handicaddie in 2021. Things are beginning to heat up.
Irish student entrepreneur awards (May 2021)
May 25, 2021
Ryan and Graham reach the finals of Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur awards, reaching the final 10 out of over 1,000 entries.
Additional software engineer on board for trials (June 2021)
June 4, 2021
With demand increasing and the launch coming ever closer, HandiCaddie recruits an additional senior software engineer who will be critical to the success of the product going forward.