On-demand talent platform taps agile technology workforce

Media release | 9 March 2017

Two Sydney-based former Deloitte technology consultants, Ricky Marcon and Lee Jiang, have developed a new online marketplace, Upspot, to help employers hire technology professionals on-demand at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods.

Upspot, which has received a Minimum Viable Product Grant (MVP) from private-sector led, NSW government backed Jobs for NSW to develop the software, aims to become a global platform for top technology talent.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Small Business, John Barilaro, said Upspot was addressing the trend of more employers and technology professionals looking to move to an agile workforce model in the ‘gig economy’.

“Upspot is aiming to be the go-to marketplace for hiring talent on-demand in the technology space and the platform aims to enable any employer to quickly identify and tap into a pool of great tech talent in a fast and cost-effective way online.

“An Australian Computer Society report in partnership with Deloitte Access Economics in 2015 found employment in the ICT sector was expected to grow by 2.5 per cent each year over the years to 2020, with the digital economy driving huge demand for up to 100,000 ICT workers over that period.

“The NSW Government has assisted the company with an MVP Grant from Jobs for NSW. MVP grants provide funding of up to 50 per cent of approved project costs to a maximum of $25,000 per project to help promising technology start-ups like Upspot gather customer feedback and test their business model.”

Mr Marcon said the grant had been invaluable and that without it the company would not have been able to properly validate the business need they saw in the market.

“The feedback and market reception has been extremely positive. We aim to develop the platform to find the perfect product-market fit within the next 3-6 months. Then we will be looking to raise venture capital funding and expand Australia wide.”

Jobs for NSW is a private-sector led, NSW government backed organisation whose priority is to create 1 million new jobs by 2036. They provide a portfolio of product and service offerings including grants and loans to accelerate new job creation.

For more information on Upspot visit: https://upspot.io/

For further information on how Jobs for NSW supports startups and fast-growing businesses visit https://www.jobsfornsw.com.au/how-we-help

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