Startups can access a subsidised student resource through Paperound’s talent platform. Called ‘Taskers’, the students from Leeds universities provide on-demand support for digital projects and tasks for local entrepreneurs.
All Taskers on the Paperound platform are current students who are keen to build their experience and provide a valuable service to businesses. Paperound pre-vets each Tasker via a qualification interview, selecting those that show initiative, relevant skills, and a desire to deliver value to businesses.
Jake Fox, co-founder of Paperound, said “Paperound connects talented students with growing startups, enabling a flexible way of working for the firms and giving valuable experience to the students. We bring both sides together to facilitate growth, and our partnership with Leeds City Council enables us to provide a range of invaluable resources to help our regional startups grow and to Get More Done Leeds”.
“As a student I was really keen to get involved in and learn from small-businesses, but without established networks or connections I struggled to get introductions to companies that could provide paid work that would broaden my experience . Once I graduated I regularly witnessed the difficulties that small businesses face when trying to get lots of important tasks done with little budget and few resources. Founders and entrepreneurs are constantly faced with the challenge of prioritising work that actually grows the business, whilst keeping up with the day-to-day admin and marketing functions that keep the company wheels turning. These businesses really needed an extra pair of hands at those busy times.
Having seen both sides of the coin I wanted to create a simple tool that could connect students and small businesses in a way that benefitted them both. Paperound enables that.”
Qualifying businesses can utilise up to ten hours of the student talent available on the platform to delegate digital tasks such as graphic design, market research, social media content creation, data analysis, administration and content writing.
To qualify for the initiative, firms must be Leeds-based and less than two years old, with a highly scalable proposition in a growing market. Firms can find out more by going to paperound.com/
Editor’s note: I have first hand experience of working with Paperound taskers and have been delighted with their skill levels, their enthusiasm and their commitment to each task we ask of them. Without them, we would have found project completion so much more difficult. We needed content writers, data researchers and social media analysts – and we were so happy to find them! I advise anyone struggling to rise above the day to day admin to give Paperound taskers a try.
Photograph by Wes Hicks.