Irish SaaS Abodoo to connect rural remote working talent across Europe
Mar 1, 2022
Abodoo is the first Irish business to get involved in the European Commission’s Start-up Villages scheme to promote rural regeneration. Abodoo is the first Irish company to have been selected by the European Commission to work on a project that aims to connect talent in small, regional areas across Europe. Founded in 2018, Abodoo is a remote talent-matching platform for recruiters and jobseekers. It will work on the European Commission’s talent-mapping project called Start-up Villages alongside an initial number of 24 villages. The company will help the villages adjust to the new world of work, showing employers how to attract remote workers and create investment and sustainable jobs. Abodoo developed an interactive talent map for each Start-up Village containing key information and insights needed to attract remote workers, create jobs and support rural regeneration. Vanessa Tierney , CEO and co-founder of Abodoo said she was “so delighted to have been chosen by the European Commission” to be part of the initiative. Tierney thanked those who helped and supported the company through the long selection process, adding: “We cannot wait to get started!”
The Start-up Villages project was launched following a forum that was set up last year to gather insights on the challenges faced by rural start-up communities. The initiative’s overall aim is to boost the growth of some of the region’s more remote towns and villages by connecting them with talent and opportunities . Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for innovation, research, culture, education and youth said that “Successful start-up ecosystems are embedded in networks of founders and partners. Partners such as investors, accelerators, universities, companies, and public administrations. Therefore, we need the support of all the stakeholders present here with us…”
Dubravka Šuica, VP for demography and democracy, said the project was “a reflection of the importance that the Commission attaches to supporting rural areas, because it is in rural areas that the demographic transition is most visible.”
She added that the team wanted “the best and brightest of Europe to remain” in these areas and “contribute to building prosperity as they grow their start-up companies to real long term drivers of our economy, all while using the natural potential of Europe’s rural areas.”
To avail of Abodoo’s pledge to help rural remote workers and recruiters across Europe, each village should have a maximum of 15,000 living there as well as a co-working space with internet access and a clear vision for what they hope to achieve through participation. More information about registering for the initiative with Abodoo is available on the company’s Start-up Village pledge website . Don’t miss out on the knowledge you need to succeed. Sign up for the Daily Brief , Silicon Republic’s digest of need-to-know sci-tech news.