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Brown start-up connects talented students with large companies for contract gigs


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: August 13th, 2019

A Brown University start-up originally launched to help college students find side projects is pivoting to connect students with larger companies.

Pangea’s peer-to-peer marketplace will still help students land projects and contract work, especially with early-stage start-ups who need help finding talented workers. In addition, the start-up will now hook students up with projects or contract work with larger companies.

“They [larger companies] are always looking to outsource projects, and they are always looking for fresh perspectives. They have only ever done that through an agency, and right now it’s really hard to access college students on a project basis,” says Pangea CEO Adam Alpert.

“Yes, if you are a large corporation, you can develop a relationship with a school and post an internship or full-time job,” Alpert adds, “but if you just need one little tiny thing done, it’s currently really inefficient to find a college students, and our system alleviates that.”

Pangea’s new direction could be hugely beneficial to students, as some larger companies may be interested in doing hundreds of these smaller projects each month. According to Alpert, 47% of companies in the U.S. are unable to fill open positions, while four out of every 10 recent college graduates are unable to find a job that either requires a college degree or aligns with their skills.

“You have what we believe is one of society’s greatest assets — that intellectual creative talent — not being utilized, and yet you still have this talent gap,” says Alpert. “We are really focused on understanding why that is, because it is going to cost our country more than $2 trillion in lost GDP over the next 10 years.”

Pangea is focused on building its new model over the next few months, with the goal of being ready for a pre-seed funding round starting in the fall.

Source: Rhode Island Inno

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