Last month we hosted Imagine This, a student start-up night at the Queensland MIC. It was an incredible night of networking, visibility and sharing ideas for students from across 4 of the main universities in Queensland. With over 60 students participating, we had the opportunity to partner with QUT Innovation Space & River City Labs to foster this next excited & passionate generation of entrepreneurs. 17 student teams participated in our pitching competition, pitching new and innovative cross industry start-up ideas, and Rudolph Botes managed to out-pitch them all, taking home the prize for his start-up Upload Your Workload.
We interviewed Rudolph about the experience & he shared some valid insights into the world of the next generation of students startup's.
What inspired you to start Upload Your Workload?
The concept of Upload Your Workload started when I was working as a laborer with my brother. I noticed that he was always kept waiting for jobs to come in, and got very excited every time he had an opportunity to quote. It was then that I realized there had to be a more efficient way of getting business, like a search engine or website where tradies could search for work instead of only consumers searching for tradies. It was at that point that I realized there was a demand for this concept, and Upload Your Workload began.
Tell us about your start-up:
Upload Your Workload started in December 2011 with the simple aim of bringing together consumers looking for tradespeople and tradespeople looking for consumers. Instead of the consumer having to go out and search for various quotes and reliable tradespeople, Upload your Workload allows the consumer to sit back and have professional tradespeople search for them. This gives the consumer more options and quotes whilst also providing the tradesman with more potential work by being able to actively search for jobs.
What was the experience like pitching for Imagine This?
It was a little nerve racking but very rewarding.
What do you see as the challenges for a student start-up in QLD?
I think the challenge often is simply not knowing who to talk to about your idea. What sort of support is out there and who to trust. And once you find the right person to talk to the challenge is often conveyingyour idea in an easy to understand manner.
How do you think the community & network of organisations to support start-up’s has helped you so far?
The contacts and support especially from River City labs has been great and helped me tremendously.
What’s next for Upload Your Workload?
We are in the process of upgrading and tweaking the online services to grow even quicker and go on to reach an even bigger audience.
Any words for budding student entrepreneurs thinking of getting a business up?
Be ready for a lot of hard work and remember not everyone’s opinion will always be positive. If you know you have great idea just keep working hard for no one will believe in you as much as you do.
Make sure you check out Rudolph's website http://www.uploadyourworkload.com.au/.
Check out the photos from the evening https://www.facebook.com/QLDMIC/photos_stream
Are you a student start-up? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or check out www.imaginecup.com