Weavee helps people appraise their skills, abilities and personality using a unique algorithm able to show you your position within the industry.
Briefly explain your business/business concept and the problem it aims to solve:
We help people discover what they can do. We appraise their skills, abilities and personality using a unique algorithm able to show people their position within the industry. We create value for the recruiter. Relevant empowered candidates go in-front of an employer with higher likelihood of success, reducing time to hire and operational efficiency.
How did you come up with this idea?
I was getting more and more frustrated by the constant conversations with recruiters and getting no response or recruiters simply trying to put me in front of jobs that were not at all relevant to what I would want.
I developed the initial idea when working at Hays and how I could improve the process they had. So I started at skill matching to find jobs more relevant to me. The concept of discovering what you could do was from trying to differentiate between all the other platforms and realising what was missing from general day to day life.
What stage is your business currently at, and what are your plans moving forward?
Steaming ahead! We have 400 candidates who have been appraised, 1000's people reading the blog and lots of empowered people using the platform.
23 recruiters are currently on the platform and we have placed people into 2 jobs so far.
As we are fully set into the acquisition stage of the business the next is activation of revenue streams, this is mostly dictated from mass adoption.
What do you feel are your three biggest successes with your business so far?
We have done more in 9 months than most startups have done in years
We have each time proven wrong detractors of the businesses by meeting targets set (running huge events, getting signups, recruiters onboard etc)
The ability of the product to generate such interest, 10's of people directly involved, as everyone knows the bigger benefits of succeeding and how hugely disruptive it can be
How has being a student at City helped you to develop your idea?
Being in the computer science department I was simply able to build what I could imagine as I was able to code! The core support of the team of advisors at City was also important alongside mentorship.
I personally wanted to spend time developing my career rather than studying and so I put myself on the Professional Pathway scheme. This meant that I was not only able to work and study, but also earn at the same time! Everything I have learned can be attributed in some form to the flexibility of the scheme
What one piece of advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurial students at City?
The support received is great, just go ask for help. You should 100% be asking the CityStarters team for advice. Having the constant support of a team is vital as they will be able to find beneficial ways to get the word of what you are doing out there!
I would suggest spending time talking to people about your idea and when people critique it, look into the reason why they did it. If it is just an idea you are likely pitching it wrong. Don't see this as a person that is a detractor, it is instead an opportunity to learn and refine your pitch until it is correct!