Magee duo crowdfund to ‘kickstart’ T-shirt business

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A pair of Magee undergraduates have turned to crowdfunding to get their new Derry T-shirt business off the ground , and are hoping local people can help them hit their target.

Niall McGeehan (22) from Derry and fellow Ulster University final year Computer Science student Mathew Wylie (21) from Portadown have set up their own company called 24Tees.

Models sporting the T-shirts designed by the two Magee students.

Models sporting the T-shirts designed by the two Magee students.

To date they have achieved over 50% of their £6,000 target through crowdfunding on Kickstarter.com.

To make their business dream a reality however, they now have only a matter of days to get the rest by their deadline on May 16.

So far they have attracted an impressive 71 backers who have contributed £3,368. To join them in becoming a backer go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1332142329/24tees

The 24Tees business takes the form of a premium T-shirt subscription service.

Niall McGeehan (22) from Derry.

Niall McGeehan (22) from Derry.

Niall and Mathew design four original pieces of art a month for the T-shirts, and subscribers then pick the 2 T-shirts they want from these every month.

The two T-shirts are delivered to the customer’s door, gift wrapped in a luxury black box if required, at no extra cost.

Local lad Niall said the idea came from their own subscriptions to a very popular ‘gamer/ geek’ company delivering random items for people.

“We’ve been signed up to it a few months now,” he said. “We thought a lot of the stuff was low quality. The best part of it is if you get T-shirts and other subscribers online agree with that as well, so we thought we may as well go down that route.

Matthew Wylie (21) from Portadown.

Matthew Wylie (21) from Portadown.

“The current website is on Kickstarter.com and after that is completed, we will be moved over to our normal website: www.24tees.co.uk.

“But getting the £6,000 is key. If you don’t get the full funding you get nothing. It’s all or nothing.

“The feedback has been brilliant. We got posted on Reddit and we were on the top spot for days. It is all about exposure at this stage.”

The duo said they plan to increase the monthly selection from which subscribers can choose from four designs to six in the coming months.

Some of the T-shirts designed by the local UU Magee Computer Science students in the presentation box packaging.

Some of the T-shirts designed by the local UU Magee Computer Science students in the presentation box packaging.

Backers contributing to the Kickstarter Fund can choose the length of their subscription.

A one-month subscription for the two T-shirts of choice costs £18 plus £3p&p (UK), £6p&p (Europe) and £8 international, while the price slopes down the longer people subscribe for.

“It’s basically buying the product,” Niall said.

“The T-shirts themselves are very high quality and proper, well-made European fit men or women. The material and the printing are at the more expensive end of the market.”

Two of the the designs being modelled.

Two of the the designs being modelled.