John Cant


Rising Sun Commerce

My first foray into starting a business came in 2012 when I created an on-line market-place for the local grocery shops of Beverley, called Marumarket. The idea was to help independent grocery businesses work with each other and offer customers a convenient independent alternative to the supermarket’s home delivery service. Despite a very bright start, the future wasn’t quite as rosy. It didn’t work as I hoped and I closed it down after 18 months having learned many invaluable lessons.

One of the reasons that venture failed was due to my lack of marketing experience. Since then I’ve tried to learn as much as I can about marketing, especially digitally, as I particularly enjoy working with tech and the opportunities that creates.
I’m now involved in 4 projects in various ways, some of which are ventures I’ve created myself whilst others are working with other people. My projects involve:

  • growing and getting traction for a software visualisation platform called “Hubscope”
  • growing and getting traction for an events & RSVP app called “I’m In”
  • developing apps to help local grocery businesses on the e-commerce platform Shopify
  • helping UK businesses sell on-line in Japan

My involvement with FEO dates back to doing Ignition (or Bootcamp as it was called then) when I’d just set-up my grocery delivery service. I’ve since taken on the role of organising 4 events throughout the year for the bootcamp/ignition alumni. We’re called “Old Boots” in reference to when the programme was called the Bootcamp (not to our appearance).

These events help us all stay connected to like-minded people, learn more about running a business and get some inspiration from the more experienced members of FEO.

If you need any further help or information please do not hesitate to get in touch -

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