Woohoo! OLIO – the free app which connects neighbours with each other and with local shops and cafes to share surplus food instead of throwing it away – has just landed in Bristol!
OLIO launched in Crouch-End, London in July 2015. Since then, OLIO has expanded across London, raised a seed round from a leading Silicon Valley venture capital firm whose investments include Facebook and Spotify, trended at number 1 in the UK App Store and was chosen as Tech City News’ ‘download of the week’. OLIO has had around 400 requests from people wanting to volunteer and are rolling out a special programme to help people get involved in the cause. On top of their volunteers, they’ve also hired a team of 7 staff to help them take OLIO nationwide and beyond!
While OLIO launched in Crouch-End, an area where Co-Founder Saasha Celestial-One already had a strong network, the app was developed in Bristol by Simpleweb. OLIO’s other Co-Founder, Tessa Cook, is based in Wiltshire, and is excited to be bringing OLIO to the South-West…
“OLIO was made in Bristol, and so we’re incredibly excited to be launching here! We’ve been overwhelmed by the positive support we’ve had from Bristolians already, and can’t wait to see food taking place across the city. Using OLIO is fun, easy and for everyone, and together we can solve this terrible problem of good food being thrown away.”
We’ve been working with OLIO since April 2015, developing their MVP and further iterations based on user feedback. We’ve even helped to hire their first developers! Simpleweb was OLIO’s first investor and we’re really excited to be on this journey with them. We can’t wait to start using OLIO in Bristol!
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