EventBuddie Going for Further Than the Moon on Kickstarter!

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EventBuddie.com, the newly launched social network, co-founded by voice legend Peter Dickson of X Factor fame, has launched a Kickstarter campaign coincidentally just before the Lunar campaign and is already 26% funded. EventBuddie connects online, like-minded people locally, so they can meet in person, to do things such as sport, fitness, hobbies, leisure and social activities.

What eventbuddie.com does is make it easy for anyone in London for instance to go to any event and do whatever activity they want with someone without having to rely on having a partner, friend or work mate who’s into the same things as they are

EventBuddie.com in a bid to raise awareness and aim past the moon, quietly launched its Kickstarter campaign (http://www.kickstarter.com - Search EventBuddie) just before the Lunar campaign last week and interestingly is already 26% funded. Launched in September, http://www.eventbuddie.com, is an online service to connect people locally in touch with like minded individuals to enable them to have eventbuddies for a host of events and activities, whether it be sport, fitness, hobbies, leisure, fans or social activities.

In its recent independent survey of over 2000 adults, 50% of adults surveyed, indicated that they would use such a free service and 60% indicated they had outgrown their current friends in terms of doing activities with them. The key founders behind this brilliantly simple business idea are:

  • Peter Dickson, the Voiceover Man©, one of the top three iconic voices of the decade and the voice of the X Factor UK
  • John Gunn, hedge fund professional and entrepreneur

John Gunn explains, “We formed http://www.eventbuddie.com as a free to use, situational friendship site – social media made social if you like – after a light bulb moment during a business trip to Berlin. I realised that I knew no-one in the city but knew I could have had a great visit if I had eventbuddies."

“Being Irish I love to chat and make friends, and I pride myself on my global network of contacts, so I reasoned that if I was sitting in a hotel room being a Billy No Mates, then the same thing must happen to many other business travelers.”

“It struck me too that anyone moving to London for the first time – or even to a new London postcode - may find it difficult to break into a relevant social circle so the framework of http://www.eventbuddie.com was born. From there I chewed over the concept with my contacts and Peter came on board as a business partner as he loved the idea.

“Together we brainstormed the groups of people who may need eventbuddies and how to reach them. As a result we are currently in talks with sport bodies, several hotel chains, ticketing agents and estate agents to name but a few of the channels we are talking to about.

“When numbers of registered users have built up sufficiently from here, we will monetise the site and 10% of the profit will be donated between charities such as Dame Kelly Holmes Legacy Trust, Comic Relief and CentrePoint.

“It’s reassuring that in the current digital age, adults can still count true friends on the fingers of one hand and that they don’t class hundreds of online contacts as friends. Finding eventbuddies with a few clicks means that you can have as rich a social life as you want without having to drag your true friends and family to events unwillingly or force them to do activities they don’t want to do.”

Peter Dickson comments, “It’s only natural that over time we may have less in common with friends we have known for years: what you were both into when you met may have changed dramatically. Your partner may have an all-consuming hobby or job which leaves you home alone more than you’d like or you may simply not know anyone who’s into the same things you are and don’t want to go solo all the time. What http://www.eventbuddie.com does is make it easy for anyone in London for instance to go to any event and do whatever activity they want with someone without having to rely on having a partner, friend or work mate who’s into the same things as they are.’’

John Gunn concludes, “The idea behind http://www.eventbuddie.com is so simple and everyone I talk to about it grasps the concept immediately and registers. Our Kickstarter campaign is reaching out for support to make this a global experience for all and to help make the software offering much more compelling like Tinder. Registration on the site is easy and takes just a few clicks."

“When you do venture away from your screen and go out into the real world to indulge your hobbies and interests, you can have eventbuddies for any aspect of your life. Site users have already reached out for people to go to a football match, a Pilates class, an opera performance, a speed dating event, dog walking, a gig and mountain biking to name but a few of the eventbuddies’ connections that have been made. As stated, our independent research shows that nearly 50% of people polled would use the service so we’re watching the registration figures with interest. With Kickstarter, global roll-out is the end goal so watch this space!”

Research conducted by 72 Point, August 2014. Full results, and a copy of the list of the 50 rules of friendship, are available on request.
For further information or interview requests of Peter or John, please contact:
John Gunn, Founder, EventBuddie Ltd, admin(at)eventbuddie(dot)com , +44 (0)207 294 7560

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