Tech Pitch: ClickMechanic
Turning the car repair industry on its head; young founders Andrew Jervis and Felix Kenton share the inspiration behind their mechanic marketplace...
Company name: ClickMechanic
Founders: Andrew Jervis (30) and Felix Kenton (25)
Background: Both graduates; Jervis holds a Masters in Enterprise and Kenton has a Master in Information Systems Engineering.
Based in: London
Very simply, what does your tech start-up do?
ClickMechanic is an online marketplace for car repairs, making it quick and easy for drivers to get online quotes and book a vetted mobile mechanic. The company has licensed millions of industry standard manufacturer labour times to build an instant, real-time online quoting engine empowering users to know how much they should be paying and ensure that they’re not getting ripped off.
Tell us why there’s a need – what do you disrupt?
It’s well documented that the automotive repair industry is fraught with problems. A lack of transparency, poor quality labour, and wasted time taking cars to garages have all led to a large amount of mistrust in the industry.
The UK repair industry has an abundance of repair data and thousands of great mobile mechanics; we saw ClickMechanic as the best way of bringing the mechanics together in one trusted network while using data to further bring trust to users on the prices they pay.
Are you funded?
Yes, we’ve raised circa £100,000 to date from some great investors including former AutoTrader director James Bromley, as well as Imperial Innovations. There may well be a new announcement coming up very shortly so watch this space…
What were you doing before starting?
Andrew Jervis – I started off my career in banking and then moved into the tech star-tup space where I built up and sold an online car parts aggregator in 2012. This gave me a strong insight into other problems existing in the automotive space which led me to undertake a research Enterprise Masters at the University of Manchester, focusing my research on market dynamics of the automotive repair space. Following completion of my thesis I won a place on McKinsey Consulting spin out accelerator, Entrepreneur First, which saw me move to London to co-found ClickMechanic.
Felix Kenton – After graduating with a Master’s of Information Systems Engineering at Imperial College London in 2011, I became a freelance mobile app developer. The following year I was accepted onto the McKinsey Consulting accelerator where I met Jervis and co-founded ClickMechanic. Now I live and breathe automotive technology and love nothing more than creating new tools to make life easier for drivers!
What’s the best thing about where you’re based?
The best thing about being a tech start-up in London is that it literally has it all. A huge pool of talent, tons of great investors including angels and institutional, a huge community of people to share best practice with, and tons of great start up events. If I had to pick one thing it would have to be the mindset. People are ambitious and many have already enjoyed a lot of success. To be around and work with these types of people is only going to help encourage you to be better at what you do.