From Wildcard to South African winner – IDWork, a platform for people to find the perfect fit for their service provider needs, is set to take on the best startups from 65 other countries, in the global finale of the Seedstars World competition in Switzerland on 06 April 2017.
The event is one of the world’s most prestigious, with prizes that include USD 500k in investment, Software-as-a-Service solutions valued at USD 90k, plus insight and training for every startup, giving them a boost towards long-term stability and success.
“Since winning the South African leg of the tour, we have been busy preparing for the finale in Switzerland to ensure that IDWork is ready to take on the rest of the world,” says IDWork co-founder Arjun Khoosal. “We recently returned from the continental summit in Rwanda where we met the other African contenders and began preparations for the finale in April. The African tech scene is flourishing - these startups are going to be fierce contenders.”
The Seedstars Summit 2017 will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 06 April and the 65 startups who qualified will battle for supremacy through competitions and presentations. It will be a gruelling seven-day process as the startups are whittled down from 65 to one, and IDWork is ready to represent South Africa and bring it home.
“We were impressed with IDwork because of their early traction, strong founding team and the massive relevance of the problem they're solving - not just in their local market but across the region!" says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars Global.
IDWork’s entrepreneurial co-founders Arjun Khoosal and Sayo Folawiyo may be facing a challenging start to April, but the benefits of the competition go beyond winning first place. All the startups will receive mentorship and the chance to network with some of the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders.
“We know that this is an opportunity for us to build our brand in the global arena and to meet with people who can help us take our company to the next level,” adds Khoosal. “We plan to make every moment count at the Summit, learning from the workshops and networking with the brightest minds in the business.”
IDWork is a remarkable blend of entrepreneurial spirit, technological innovation, and social impact. The company connects services providers (like plumbers, carpenters, and electricians) to people who need work done by someone they can trust. Reviews give customers profound insight into the capabilities of the people they are hiring. From choosing a contractor, to receiving a quotation, to paying online - the entire process is seamless and simple. It opens up a world of employment opportunities to experts who are great at what they do, but might not have the access to technology or the marketing skills necessary to grow their businesses.