News & Analysis

oDesk launches Startup Accelerator Partnership Program

- September 19, 2013 < 1 MIN READ

oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace, has just launched their new accelerator partnership program in Australia – oDesk Upstarts. The program aims to empower Aussie startups by providing them with online access to freelancers across the world.

oDesk has partnered with accelerators AngelCube (Melbourne), Pollenizer (Sydney) and Startmate (Sydney) to help participating startups bridge the talent gaps that exist in the tech hub cities Sydney and Melbourne.

Participating startups will receive oDesk credits to hire online freelancers and premium recruiting services to help them find the right freelancers faster. Access to online recruiters will help define project needs, draft job descriptions, and shortlist applicants who meet project requirements.

This will allow founding team members to delegate any work that can be done on a computer, or any work they lack expertise in, to freelancers so that they can focus on their critical, core work.

“Even if the ideal hire lives within a 50-mile commuting radius, startups will need a plan to actually find, attract and afford them,” said Matt Cooper, oDesk Vice President International.“And even after you’ve managed to hire, the war for talent is not over — retaining star employees is often cost-prohibitive for startups.”

Through oDesk Upstarts, startups will also receive oDesk executive mentorship from business luminaries who can offer a mix of experience from Silicon Valley powerhouses such as Amazon.com, eBay, Kayak, Jawbone, OpenTable, Netflix and PayPal.

This will include meeting with startups – both face-to-face and virtually – to provide advice on areas including fundraising, monetisation, sales, marketing, hiring, delegation and remote management of online teams.

“Australians have a great interest in and strong history of success with marketplace startups. Discussing customer acquisition, scaling and fundraising with the CEO of one of the largest marketplaces in the world was invaluable to our members,” said Nathan Sampimon Co-Founder of AngelCube, following a recent mentorship visit with oDesk CEO Gary Swart and tour of the company’s headquarters in the US.