Access all areas: travel tips app for passengers with disabilities has a global vision

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    It’s easy to see how he likes to celebrate and review websites and apps have revolutionised the travel market, but subject to the special requirements of people with disabilities, it was only a matter of time before individual service popped up.
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It’s easy to see how he likes to celebrate and review websites and apps have revolutionised the travel market, but subject to the special requirements of people with disabilities, it was only a matter of time before individual service popped up.

There are already a few, but Maynooth-based access to Land paved the way, starting with global, not just local accent.

It provides users with information about accessibility of hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions worldwide based on evaluations by other users with disabilities. It generates its revenue primarily through affiliate fees from bookings made in hotels and restaurants that its users decide to purchase.

“We could not be a local with the same name as access to Land,” says Matt McKenna, who hails from Celbridge, Co Kildare.

“What we found when I was looking around to see what other people have tried in the area was that it was difficult for them to can get out of their area.

“With the release of Land, we came up with this immediate global attention and decided to go straight to him and just see what we can do.

“Until now, than it was received very well, we got good traction in us and have good contacts in Scandinavia and Australia. So it lives up to its name”.

Currently the company has 5,000 registered users, which together have a rating of more than 80,000 places throughout the world. She cooperates with the two largest veterans ‘ organizations in the United States, and was selected as one of the top 40 practices availability on the zero draft of the United Nations at the beginning of this year.

Matt also reached the final of the best competition for young entrepreneurs, where he received an award from Google and, despite the fact that the place on Google receives the program start in August.

But another key to the success of access to Land may be up to its status as a social enterprise.

There are a lot of misconceptions about what constitutes social entrepreneurship, but in the broad definition is a company that trades in order to provide necessary services or to solve specific problems in society or environmental issues.

But the main question for the creators, Matt began whether they should structure them as a charity or as a regular enterprise.

The answer depends on each social enterprise; some are established as charitable or not-for-profit and others for-profit, and the excess is usually reinvested back in the pursuit of social objectives of the enterprise, not the payment of dividends to individual shareholders.

For Matt, who has cerebral palsy, the idea of the company came after a frustrating experience in London, where he booked the hotel on the Internet that supposedly you can climb only to find on arrival that there were stairs, which means he couldn’t get his bearing in the room.

It was in his time in Maynooth University to do this Hdip conversion (after getting a degree in computer science from UCD). “After that, I decided to get a master’s degree in software engineering, and as soon as I finished I set up access to Land, because I knew that if I went and got a job somewhere else, I regret not to give access to Land to go.”

But access to land as a profit makes more sense than as a charitable help to make it sustainable, durable business.

“I started this choice to make it a not-for-profit or what we now arrived with a view’ and I found that profit for the purpose of the approach was the easier option for me, as it opens up more funding opportunities.

“Initially, I just wanted to get more information there and then the second step was to ask how can I make it sustainable? Because it’s the key really, isn’t it? We wanted to be there for people and not just to leave in a couple of years.”

He adds that many people believe that firm is a not-for-profit, “but in such a way that the advantage that we don’t get immediate buy-in”.

“They see what we do and why we do it, and then we specify that we want it to be a sustainable business and we strive to establish partnerships and all that.”

After receiving initial funding, however, is still a problem. “I am from computer science background. It took a while for me to get my head around the control side of the business and that is a model for sustainable income.

“It was the biggest problem with which we are initially to get it on paper so that we could get buy in, and then to you people to see is a business opportunity for us.

“I think we struck a good balance now I think, at this stage, but in the beginning … we used to cut and varies with different sources of income.

“The biggest problem we had to tell this story from a commercial point of view.”

The company, which currently employs two part-time next to Matt, but hopes to expand the team to five by year-end, currently in receipt of local enterprise office and enterprise Ireland low Fund to start funding. It also works for the completion of seed investment round by the end of the year, where he plans to raise in the region of €550,000.

Although the app and the website depends on its users, ensuring the availability of insights from their journeys, access to Land, looking at the Supplement that artificial intelligence and machine learning help to verify this information.

In addition, he collaborates with local organizations, ” where would we get these organizations to come out and the map area of the city that they feel they need more information from you, and from what we can make a good business to buy-in.”

He is also working on the connection with global sports events such as the Paralympic games.

“I can’t reveal much at this stage, but we are currently negotiating with some of the biggest competitions in the world,” he says.

On a daily basis, Matt most enjoys talking to people about access to Land.

He admits that the network does not come naturally to him, but it is much easier now that he has a great story.

“It was something I felt I had to learn fairly quickly, but I realized that you know, if you have a story to tell and that you have that passion for what you do, he will come through when you talk to people and reflect well on you.”

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