Last April, Natalie Ip had wanted to go into the food business. Business cards for the name ‘Foodip’ were made. After she had dived into the food delivery industry, an investor suggested the idea of creating a delivery system for goods with a higher margin. In just a month, she pivoted into today’s Dilivrit, a crowdsourced delivery platform for mobile.
The delivery platform matches part-time and full-time couriers with people who need their items delivered or picked up through a mobile app.
“My first (team) was an all-girls team. I still think it would be wicked to get a team of delivery girls. … My current team is actually my second team,” she said. While Ip continued that it has been a roller-coaster ride since a year ago, luck seems to be on her side. Even though she had lost most of her original team, she managed to find Torin Nguyen, a software developer as her co-founder; Deborah Marcella Lim, her first staff member with interest in operations and design; and Jozanne Chew, who is helping her with marketing and business development.
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She told e27, “We started off doing contracting work. I found Torin in a week since I didn’t have a team in October. I was looking to do a MVP (minimum viable product), and he was recommended by the Founder Institute network.”
Even though Dilivrit is still relatively young, it has already received pre-seed investment, and iJam funding through Crystal Horse Investments in December. Ip declined to name the investor involved in her pre-seed round, but said that the amount is “small” and less than the startup’s iJam funding of S$60,000 (US$47,000) from the Media Development Authority and the incubator. She added, “We have interest from some Singaporean investors for our next round.”
In the coming months, Dilivrit is looking to increase adoption of its app within the city-state, introduce its e-commerce delivery for businesses and an API for websites, which will allow businesses to integrate Dilivrit into their e-commerce options.
The e-commerce delivery for businesses is still in testing. Ip said, “(We are) starting with delivery for online and offline retailers and blogshops. … We are also looking at offering deliveries for corporates/MNCs that don’t want staff to leave their offices to run errands.”
While there are hundreds of couriers interested to come on board, 40 couriers have been vetted and approved.