Katie Reid

Katie's golf app that she created with fellow alum, Chris Low, won the Sports Innovation Challenge 2018.

BSc (Hons) Sports Development and Coaching, 2017

Tell us about your job and what it involves?

Another Abertay student and I have set up our own business. Basically we’re developing a loyalty app for golfers. We’ve been working with Sporting Chance Initiative, who run the Sports Innovation Challenge. They’ve given us an office space and mentorship to help us start the business and that’s been great.

What can you tell us about the app?

We’re basically trying to help golf because it’s struggling in terms of participation. A lot of golf clubs are struggling to keep their members and get new people playing on their course. We’re hoping our app will encourage people to play more.

Where did the idea come from?

We’re both very keen golfers and when we heard about the Sports Innovation Challenge in our final year we thought we should enter. There aren’t too many things in golf that are targeted towards the younger generation, it’s very much an ageing sport. There aren’t many golf apps aimed at increasing participation in the sport, and we thought we should try and fix that problem.

It’s very normal to not know what you want to do after university, but take advantage of every opportunity that comes along.
Katie Reid | Tour Tag | Managing Director/Partner

How much did you know about app development beforehand?

Neither of us know how to develop an app! We did some research and met with lots of different app developers to see who would best fit our project. That’s the process we went through.

How did your time at Abertay help you get to where you are now?

The opportunity with Sporting Chance would never have come around had it not been for Abertay. It’s a fantastic opportunity.

Did anyone at Abertay have a particular impact on you?

All of the lecturers were great and very helpful. Everyone is very encouraging which is exactly what you need.

Do you have any advice for our current students?

It’s very normal to not know what you want to do after university, but take advantage of every opportunity that comes along. We thought of an idea the night before Sporting Chance came to speak at Abertay and that got us to where we are now. Just take any opportunity and go for it.

 

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