Ronan Cunningham, a Dublin entrepreneur who brought FootGolf to Ireland a couple of years ago, was on his honeymoon in Tokyo last year when he decided to make a potentially life-changing decision.
While many spend their honeymoon relaxing with their significant other and this was definitely the plan for Ronan too, he couldn’t help feeling inspired and excited by a little-known free-roam virtual reality game he stumbled across.
It’s called Zero Latency and is an eight player VR game where users roam around a warehouse fending off swarms of zombies through virtual-reality headsets. The game is primarily targeted at corporate clients, seeking to book team days and outings.
So impressed and excited by the idea of this game, the newlywed persuaded his wife to cut short their holiday and take a detour to Australia where he talked the game’s founder into selling him the exclusive rights to Dublin and London.
What followed was a genuine business adventure that now sees Ronan and his wife Susanna preparing to open Zero Latency in Dublin next spring.
Speaking to Dublin Globe, Ronan said, “Having experienced Zero Latency first hand while I was in Tokyo on my honeymoon with my wife, I knew instantly that this was a fantastic opportunity to bring a totally new type of business to Ireland and the United Kingdom.”
Going on your honeymoon and coming back with a business is something that you don’t hear everyday but it certainly adds a special element to the business venture!”
Ronan added: “I am committed to bringing new experiences to Dublin and feel both privileged and excited to be in a position to do so. In 2013, I introduced FootGolf to Ireland after enrolling in an Innovation and Entrepreneurship course at the UCD Innovation Academy. It’s been amazing seeing FootGolf’s popularity spread throughout Ireland and we cannot wait to see what lies in store for Zero Latency.”
Having already secured funding of more than €1 million from former Setanta executive Michael O’Rourke and a premises in Sandyford in Dublin, the business is expecting to have 25,000 players in its first year of business .
Featured image: Zero Latency (AU) Facebook