Meet Pete, from our Cooper Project
Pete joined the Cooper Project to develop his start up business, ‘Modified App’. We caught up with him to find out more about his app and how he is getting on.
Tell me a bit about the business.
The business is called ‘Modified App’ which is an app designed to act as a peer-to-peer marketplace for members of the modified car ‘scene’ community to trade in.
The idea to create this app developed during my previous job where I would sell after-market car parts. We, myself and my co-founder James, noticed that a lot of customers were asking if we wanted to buy their used and secondhand parts, so we saw an opportunity to create this platform.
What is your unique selling point?
What makes Modified App unique is the specific target market that it is tailored towards and the concept behind it, which is to rebuild the trading behaviour and community that used to exist.
How did you start this business?
It started as a hobby; cars are what I love. I started a business selling car parts which has now evolved into trying to create and provide a new platform for the community.
What are you working on at the moment?
We are mid-way through a very long development phase. This entails making quite a lot of mistakes in development, learning from these and fixing them.
What are your plans going forward?
Going forward we want Modified App to become a default platform for the community in the UK to trade on, as well as becoming a significant and well-known name.
What are the benefits of being here at STP?
Being here at Sheffield Technology Parks has been great, you’re surrounded by likeminded people who are going through similar things to you and you can feed off of their energy. Crucially, you’re able to talk to people who may have made the mistake that you’re about to make and they can advise you.
What is the achievement you’re most proud of?
I’m proud of having the courage to do something difference and risk a lot by doing it!
What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?
You’ve got be prepared to fail and if you’re not prepared to fail then you will never take any risks. I’d also advise people to do their research and gain as much advice as possible, it is out there and you can get it if you want to.