CreatiFI project Vicancy is on a winning streak! Last weekend, from 1 to 3 May the team gave a winning pitch at the FIWARE Startup Bootcamp in Berlin, and on 7 May the team won the FIWARE division at the 2015 EBAN Angel Summit in Eindhoven.
As a young and innovative company, Vicancy is working to disrupt the job search experience. By transforming plain-text job advertisements into animated video postings, the overall job search process becomes more engaging. Dually based in The Netherlands and Bali, the Vicancy team is using FIWARE enablers to increase production efficiency by reducing the time to render each video from 20 minutes to 30 seconds.
Reflecting with CEO and Co-Founder, Loet Rammelsberg, on the company’s winning week revealed an interesting perspective on future growth and the FIWARE community.
The Berlin Bootcamp was an interesting experience because “we were able to meet with other startups. They were all companies using FIWARE and that was the common ground.” The atmosphere was less about showing off your project and more about fine-tuning and learning from FIWARE peers.
“FIWARE is a new technology and there are some glitches. It takes trial and error. But the concept is very interesting and it should stimulate startups in Europe in general.” Collaborating with the iMinds hub has provided Vicancy with support on the business side of development, and Rammelsberg believes it “is helping them move in the right direction.”
The Angel Summit in Eindhoven was a completely different experience, and a “great opportunity for networking and meeting investors.” Rammelsberg explains that it was a successful day for the Vicancy team, but they are still waiting to see what the future holds. He is cautious because “finding an investor is not a one-stop timeline. You meet with them now, and again in 6 months. Then maybe they choose to invest in your company.”
Looking to the future, Rammelsberg hopes that the FIWARE technologies and the CreatiFI accelerator will provide Vicancy the means to become scalable. He believes that the future for Vicancy lies in going abroad and approaching new markets. The relocation of half the team to Bali has enabled Vicancy to attract two of the best front and back-end developers, in addition to increasing the international culture of the staff. According to his recent travels, remote working is in fashion, especially in Bali—co-working spaces are popping up all over the island.