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Irish fitness tech start-up secures funding for US expansion

Boutique fitness software solutions provider Glofox has secured a major cash injection as the firm revs up for an expansion into the US market.

The Dublin-based firm, which supplies business management software to around 170 boutique fitness studios in Europe, has raised €500,000 (US$560,000, £385,000) in an early stage funding round to support US market entry and further development of their product. The round consisted of €250,000 (US$280,000, £192,000) in funding from Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Startup Unit (HPSU) – co-matched with an additional €250,000 from private investment firm, Growing Capital.

The brainchild of former professional rugby player turned entrepreneur Conor O’ Loughlin, Glofox is a booking, payment and membership management platform for gyms and fitness studios.

Co-founder and CEO O’Loughlin believes the simplicity of the software will serve it well in US market, which has been the catalyst for the global boom in boutique fitness concepts.

“Members can book and pay for services with ease via a mobile app, with their app customised for each individual studio,” he said.

“This drives revenue, assists greatly with retention and reduces the significant administrative cost of manually managing exercise classes. It also mitigates lost revenue in 'no shows' for class bookings.”

Glofox, which charges clubs a monthly retainer fee of between €80 (US$90, £62) and €150 (US$168, £115), currently employs 10 full-time staff, with plans to grow the team to 16 in the next 18 months to support the company’s growth.

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Irish fitness tech start-up secures funding for US expansion

Boutique fitness software solutions provider Glofox has secured a major cash injection as the firm revs up for an expansion into the US market.

The Dublin-based firm, which supplies business management software to around 170 boutique fitness studios in Europe, has raised €500,000 (US$560,000, £385,000) in an early stage funding round to support US market entry and further development of their product. The round consisted of €250,000 (US$280,000, £192,000) in funding from Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Startup Unit (HPSU) – co-matched with an additional €250,000 from private investment firm, Growing Capital.

The brainchild of former professional rugby player turned entrepreneur Conor O’ Loughlin, Glofox is a booking, payment and membership management platform for gyms and fitness studios.

Co-founder and CEO O’Loughlin believes the simplicity of the software will serve it well in US market, which has been the catalyst for the global boom in boutique fitness concepts.

“Members can book and pay for services with ease via a mobile app, with their app customised for each individual studio,” he said.

“This drives revenue, assists greatly with retention and reduces the significant administrative cost of manually managing exercise classes. It also mitigates lost revenue in 'no shows' for class bookings.”

Glofox, which charges clubs a monthly retainer fee of between €80 (US$90, £62) and €150 (US$168, £115), currently employs 10 full-time staff, with plans to grow the team to 16 in the next 18 months to support the company’s growth.

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The fitness market in Europe is entering a new phase of growth according to the European Health & Fitness Market Report 2019 by EuropeActive and Deloitte. HCM reports
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HCM Celebs
In the name of work, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has undergone impressive physical transformations for film roles such as Thor in The Avengers and Marvel films. Inspired by the public’s interest in his workouts, he’s now created a health and fitness app called Centr that utilises the expertise of his team of world-class experts
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Much of the fitness industry branding is based on a no pain, no gain philosophy, but we didn’t want to present Rabble like that, even though a session is ridiculously tiring!
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As clubs with swimming pools and health and beauty facilities, the low cost model wasn’t going to work for us, but the clubs weren’t as high-end as David Lloyd clubs either. Our first intervention was to win over the staff and encourage them to act as though it was a high-end club
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We noticed this gap in the UK market for a complete workout that invigorates the body while impacting the mind
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BXR on Chiltern Street is our headquarters. It’s where the brand is nurtured, where the community is built, where we hold our beautiful celebrity events. It’s a great place to spend time and meet like-minded people
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We like the idea of creating great brands and great companies that larger businesses then have a strong desire to own. We make our return by helping to grow businesses and build beautiful brands
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Technogym has helped us ensure that every facility has the same selection of equipment. It’s part of the commitment we’ve made to deliver a top quality service for every community
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Opinion
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Member retention is a growing problem for long-established gym chains, who are battling the growing budget and boutique gym market.
Opinion: Are you trying to beat budget gyms at their own game?
I’ll be honest - it feels a bit funny writing an opinion piece in an aggregator special when, fundamentally, I can’t really say that I work for an ‘aggregator!’
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