We talked to EatDrinX Founder & President Matt Guignard to talk about the company’s past, present and future. Here’s what he had to say…
What is EatDrinX?
EatDrinX Inc. (pronounced Eat – Drinks) is a Food and Beverage Technology Company. We have created a platform specific to our industry, designed to modernize the way places showcase their food, beverage and promotional offerings while reaching their target audience.
How did you come up with your company name?
What products/services do you provide?
The EatDrinX Platform consists of both consumer and industry based applications.
- EatDrinX (Apple & Android & EatDrinX.com), allows Individuals to view food / drink features & events happening nearby, find places that offer specific styles (tapas / patio / live music) and view interactive image centric menus.
- EDX Places (Apple & Android), Is Geo-Location based Menu Management Solution. EDX Places allows restaurateurs / establishments the ability to showcase their daily offerings – Food / Drink / Specials / Features / Events, on the go. Consumer desire menus with images and our technology is designed to ensure that Menus are always update with a rich user experience. Saying good bye to PDF Menus and waiting for someone else to update their information
- EDX Trucks (Available Privately) leverages the Menu Management Technology we created for EDX Places, with more focus on Geo-Location and Hours of Operation. Food Truck Operators can change their location on the fly and create interactive menus.
Anything new and exciting happening within your company?
Over the past 2 Months we have expanded Our Team. We could not be happier with the quality of genuine individuals that have come on-board. We now have a sales team, creative director and accountant. The nature in which this team has come together was purely organic and the timing could not have been better.
Where can people find you online?
How has WEtech Alliance supported your business to date?
I began working with WEtech in late 2014. At the very early stages, it’s extremely difficult to have an understanding of how to articulate and present a new venture. WEtech continues to be the go-to resource in helping new tech ventures start their journey. Aside from facilitating our brand creation, I found my partner / co-founder Pramod Mendonca (CTO) and established a relationship with the Downtown Windsor Business Accelerator, because of WEtech. It’s hard to imagine being where we are today without the support of WEtech, and for that I’m truly thankful.
What tech gadget or resource (book, blog, magazine, app, website, etc.) has played a role in your company growth?
I’ve had a few different experiences with Tech-Startups, starting in the early 2000’s. The technology we are using, essentially didn’t exist prior 2015. None of this could be possible without today’s Open Source Community (Global Sharing of Technology). It’s an amazing experience to be involved in and having accessible online resources to create whatever you desire continue to get better.
Looking into your company’s future, what are you most enthusiastic about?
Global Potential. Our technology and platform is industry focused and without borders, this allows us to effectively create new solutions based on market needs. This summer we worked with Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island to create their Passport Application “Barrels, Bottles and Brews”, and immediate after that we created a Festival Platform for the WE Harvest Fest in Amherstburg.
The depth and scope of our platform continues to expand, we are merely scratching the surface of what is possible. We are starting to roll out in Toronto, as well as testing out internationally in Lisbon Portugal. We are working with a number of Festivals across Ontario and continue to build relationships in the Tourism Industries.
What excites you most about the local tech community?
It doesn’t get more exciting than being apart of an underdog story.
I met my partner while he was finishing his master’s of computer science at the University of Windsor. Out of his graduating class, he was the only person to remain in Windsor. We have talented people at both St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, as well as people/businesses are starting to realize our affordable cost of living and a quality of life you can have in Windsor. If a local tech business can offer a challenging and innovative working environment, they are going to have access to top talent not only from new grads, but from all over.
If you could have coffee with any business leader or industry expert, who would you choose, and why?
Mr. David Goldstein, President and CEO of Tourism Canada. We are extremely confident in our platform and what we are building. We are uniquely positioned to help modernize the Tourism Industry. With all of the emphasis on Canada 150, now is the time to change the way Canadians / Visitors explore this beautiful country. From Culinary Trails to Festivals, Food Trucks to Establishments, our expertise is proven and only getting better. Canada can be the leader in Digital Tourism Innovation, and we want to help make this happen.
What ideas do you have to help accelerate our local Tech community?
I typically meet with 1-2 new potential tech startups per month and the lack of community is the common concern. Entrepreneurship and creativity happens everywhere, yet existing tech businesses typically take an independent approach vs helping the collective community. Providing solutions with technology from 2012 or the way things were done in the past, isn’t going to help the community move forward. We need advocates and success stories to get us in the conversation.
Anything else you want people to know?
Starting a true innovative tech business is unlike anything you can imagine. If you’re expecting or relying on another company to create your vision for you, it’s not going to work out. You have to be fully committed to the process and if you don’t know about coding, cloud computing, servers or databases, you have no choice but to start. If you want to go down this path, understand that you are stepping out from the norm, and connecting with like-minded people is going to be a challenge. Our doors are open and we are here to help.