Ones to Watch: Zipp Mobility–making it easier for commuters to get to and from public transport links with dockless e-scooters

Ones to Watch | Fri 31 Jan | Author – Business & Finance
Pictured at UCD are Cormac Cullinane and Charlie Gleeson, Zipp Mobility. (Nick Bradshaw, Fotonic).

Each week Business & Finance highlights an up-and-coming start-up, making waves in its industry. This week we look at Zipp Mobility, an e-scooter rental company, making it easier for commuters to get to and from public transport links.


What is it?

Zipp Mobility is an e-scooter rental company tailored specifically to local markets. The way the service works can be described in 3 easy steps: 

  1. Download the Zipp Mobility App
  2. Locate your nearest scooter using the GPS locator 
  3. Scan the QR code located on the scooter and ride to your destination. 

Zipp provides a quick and convenient way for people to get to and from public transport links, solving the existing last mile problem.

Who’s behind it?

Charlie Gleeson (24), founder and CEO of Zipp Mobility, is a recent graduate of the UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business and has worked in both asset management and corporate finance. Team member, Cormac Cullinane (24), a recent Business and Computer Science Graduate from Trinity, looks after the technical side of the business. 

Zipp has completed the 2019 UCD Start-Up Stars Programme, for student entrepreneurs and the 2019 UCD VentureLaunch Accelerator Programme. Both entrepreneurship programmes are run by and take place at NovaUCD where Zipp is based.

How is it funded?

Zipp is currently raising seed investment and has recently been awarded €50,000 from Enterprise Ireland’s Competitive Start Fund.

Future plans?

The team says, “We plan on launching and scaling business from April 2020. By 2022, we will be operating in Ireland and five other countries across the UK and rest of Europe.