Startup Stories - Deckee

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 01:00 pm — Thursday, 12 October 2017, 02:00 pm

Location Three76 Hub, 376 Hunter St, Newcastle

Mike McKiernan

Newcastle based entrepreneur and former designer, Mike McKiernan, spent a 5 year tenure in the boating industry wondering why there was no definitive online resource that helped boat owners find, share and discuss the things they loved. So he decided to make it himself, Deckee. Founded in January of 2014, Deckee is essentially TripAdvisor for boating: users can find reviews from consumers and ‘Decksperts’ for all kinds of businesses in the boating industry. The platform also provides detailed location guides for many popular waterways.

Upon completing the Slingshot accelerator program, Mike realised there were no defensible, community driven platforms like Deckee taking advantage of the $8 billion recreational boating market. With this expanded vision, Mike raised $140,000 from investors and signed on d’Albora Marinas, Enviropacific Services and the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club for Deckee’s launch. The company has gone on to win national awards for innovation and tourism.

The Deckee story is still unfolding, so come along and hear Mike’s journey, how his team is expanding and what the future holds for this bright startup.

About Startup Stories

Startup Stories takes place every Thursday from 1pm at University of Newcastle's coworking space Three76 Hub on Hunter Street. Over BYO lunch, a startup founder talks candidly about their experience as an entrepreneur and business owner – the highs, the lows, the wins, the mistakes, the whole enchilada. Startup Stories provides real-life examples of the different stages of the startup journey, creating a forum for startups to share and learn but also for the community to see tangible evidence of entrepreneurship making a difference in our region.

Program Partners

UON is proud to be able to bring this event to you via the NSW State Government's Boosting Business Innovation Program funding.