23 Jun 2016 | 12.27 pm
A Quik Solution To Recruitment Process
UCD students’ winning app developed during Startup Stars programme
23 Jun 2016 | 12.27 pm
Skillar, an early-stage University College Dublin student venture, has won the 2016 UCD Startup Stars Programme. Skillar is developing Quik, a new mobile application to accelerate the part-time recruitment process.
Quik aims to allow employers to streamline the hiring and job-search process by enabling them to advertise part-time jobs and then shortlist and talk to locally available applicants who apply through the application. Quik will also provide validation of the previous work experience of applicants to shorten the recruitment and interview process.
The founders of Skillar are UCD undergraduates and graduate students Laurence McNally, Stephen Jones and Andrew Desmond.
The Startup Stars enterprise programme, developed by NovaUCD, UCD Innovation Academy and the Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, provides a framework and support for UCD undergraduate and postgraduate students to work together to develop and grow start-up companies.
It began earlier this year when students explored and evaluated a variety of real world problems before forming teams to develop start-up solutions to address the problems identified. Six student ventures, with 14 team members, were then selected to participate in an intensive mentoring programme at NovaUCD.
Following final pitches, Skillar was selected as the overall winner, as it was judged to have the greatest commercial potential, and the founders received a cash prize of €3,000 sponsored by Xilinx. Each of the five runners-up also received a cash prize of €500.
Skillar co-founder Laurence McNally said: “Skillar is at the feasibility phase and we plan to use our prize to further develop our product. Our aim is that Quik will be a more attractive and faster solution than traditional CVs and online applications for employers who are seeking part-time staff and individuals who are seeking part-time jobs.”
The other five ventures selected were:
MedWear — developing a health monitoring platform to enable users gain greater insights into their health and to receive advice on living a healthier lifestyle.
SME Affinity — aims to combat the information overload and knowledge gaps experienced by Irish SMEs by providing relevant and accessible material, and the opportunity to outsource business functions, through an online platform.
Step Out — providing an alternative learning experience for secondary school students via an online and offline platform bringing interactive workshops on all aspects of English language and literature to schools worldwide.
The Little Things — a social enterprise focusing on raising essential funds for mental health charities.
Whooozin — a website platform to make group food ordering easy for working professionals and restaurant owners by solving the minimum order problem.
Photo: Stephen Jones (left), Andrew Desmond and Laurence McNally (right). (Pic: Nick Bradshaw/Fotonic).