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Where to watch the World Cup?

Cass alumna launches new social app that aims to revolutionise going out in London

One of the biggest sporting events in the world kicks off tomorrow and people across London will be looking for the best venues to support their team.

As the big match draws near, football fans will be trying to co-ordinate their fellow supporters via texts, tweets, Facebook posts and Google maps.

A new app - Drinqsmart - launched today by Cass Executive MBA (EMBA) alumni Ashuveen Bhadal and Lukas Linsbichler aims to combine all this activity in one place. 

Through the app the pair aim to make life easier for busy urban individuals.

Using Drinqsmart, users can:
• In 2 clicks join or invite friends for drinks through their phonebook, Drinqsmart network, QR scanning or Facebook
• Find the best venues based on their interest and mood
• See snapshot venue information and promotions
• Chat with friends and exchange venue suggestions

Ash and Lukas developed the app at Cass's co-working space The Hangout after meeting whilst studying for the EMBA.

Both come from entrepreneurial families. Ash started her career as a programmer, graduating with a BSc in Computer Science, and then moved into management, consultancy and sales roles.

Having graduated with a Masters degree in Economics, Lukas has been in the investment-banking sector for 10 years and holds a Director role in Fixed Income Sales at Mizuho International.

The pair met during their EMBA programme in 2011, whilst working full-time, and shared a strong desire to innovate and create something new.

An idea emerged in 2012 around ordering and payment (then known as QPiranha) and this was taken forward in Lukas's EMBA dissertation.

Ash left her job in June 2013 to commit full-time to the venture, to drive it forward and lay the company's foundations:

"it was the only real way to get it moving, sometimes you need to take the leap in things you believe in, I was the one who could at the time and I knew right from the start of my corporate life that this is what I am made for, a dream come true and now I had the perfect partner who shared my vision"

Lukas, meanwhile, focused on accounting and investor relations.

Dr Sionade Robinson, Associate Dean for MBA programmes at Cass says:

"I wish Ashuveen and Lukas the very best of luck with their new venture. Their new project is yet another example of the entrepreneurial talent on the Cass MBA. I'm especially delighted to see one of our female alumni entering the tech and digital sector and hope she will become a flagbearer

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