Cork hair-salon booking app sold for €15 million

A Corkman has sold his hair salon booking app to an international software company for a reported figure of €15 million.

The Jonas division of Constellation Software has bought the Irish hair and beauty software firm, WhatSalon from founder David O’Flynn.

WhatSalon was set up in 2013 in Cork as a free mobile app for iPhone and android that allowed users to make last minute, real time hair and beauty appointments. It was aimed at both customers and salon owners.

WhatSalon grew out of the support from investors that included North Cork Enterprise Board; Enterprise Ireland; Tolisons Capital; SOS Ventures as well as some private investors. 

In late 2017 it was decided to look at opportunities for ramping up growth. This lead to conversations between WhatSalon and the Jonas Division of Constellation Software Inc.

The Jonas Division already owns a number of the leading salon and spa software brands which service up to 45,000 salons and spas globally. WhatSalon is now in the process of integrating with many of these brands which will allow for the roll out of the platform on a global scale. 

Since the recent acquisition the company has been in stealth mode building both its technology base and integrations ahead of a planned launch to UK consumers in early 2019 and further markets are being considered.