MBA entrepreneurs revolutionise catering market with ClickDish

30 Jun 2016
Clickdish cofounders

UQ Business School MBA students and ClickDish Founders Greg Jones and Mouli Vyagrapuri have come a long way since they hatched the idea for their catering company over coffee in West End.

Set to launch in July 2016, ClickDish started out as a platform for sharing home cooked food and has now transformed into an online one-stop-shop for corporate and private consumers to find and engage the best caterers.

“ClickDish is an online catering marketplace where you can find the best food at the best prices in just a few clicks,” said Mr Jones.

The business has already had its first taste of success, taking out the top prize in Brisbane’s Lean Startup Challenge, where 17 teams competed to develop validated business models for their entrepreneurial ideas using the ‘Lean Startup’ approach.

“Our success at the Lean Startup Competition confirmed for us that our business idea had a real chance of success.”

“We have secured our first corporate and private customers and are working on a number of prospects. We are also in discussions with investors to get funding,” added Mr Jones.

After their success in the Lean Startup Competition the Clickdish team competed against 5,113 teams from 482 schools across 29 countries, and were placed as a quarterfinalist in the International Business Model Competition, hosted in Seattle earlier this year.

“We were the only team selected for the finals from Australia, in the history of this competition. Reaching this milestone has validated our business model and given us valuable exposure in the global stage.”

“We took away some great learnings and contacts. In fact, the BYU Managing Director – Rollins Centre for Entrepreneurship & Technology, Mr Steven Fox has expressed an interest in hosting the IBMC event in Brisbane next year.”

Mr Jones and Mr Vyagrapuri intend to establish ClickDish’s online marketplace in Brisbane within three months and across Australia by 2017, before tackling international markets.

MBA Director, Dr Sarah Kelly said Clickdish is an innovative business concept emerging from our inaugural Lean Start Up competition.

“Initiated by UQ Business School MBA alumni, the success of the competition and the testing of the winning concept in a competitive international competition subsequently attests to the quality of the entrants and mentors associated with this program. It is another example of the excellent practical opportunities associated with the MBA program,” she said.