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Solutionspace

Solutionspace

Team Members

  • Diana (Dai) Wang
  • Julian Knowles

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Solutionspace is a platform for connecting people with the resources to turn their ideas into reality.

The Idea

Our project aims to reduce the amount of time it takes to create and implement a startup. Our solution involves simplifying the process of building new startup software, connecting people with mentors and other entrepreneurs to collaborate with, and providing resources to help startups grow.

The Market

Our target customer base is people who have new potential startup or business ideas, but lack the resources to get started with implementing their ideas immediately.

There are several pains leading to situations like this, including difficulties forming a team that shares similar interests, not having all the skills and expertise to implement the idea, and the challenges around integrating several different resources into one consistent customer experience.

We’re creating a unified collection of products and services to help make it easier to organize a team, develop an idea, and learn from past examples so that anyone can get started on developing a startup immediately.

The Competition

There are a number competitors in the customer segment we’re aiming to support, including both free and paid services. Some of the free services such as Trello, Facebook Pages and Slack have a free tier with a pricing advantage; however, startups making use of them need to manage their own integrations to make the most of them. Paid services also exist, such as JIRA, Asana, Basecamp; however, these services don’t provide sufficient convenience in custom integrations or interactivity that could bring them closer to automating the work they are designed to manage.

Our team is developing a solution that will focus on providing more interactive and real-time tools and services, and more efficient ways for customers to create new integrations and automation.

The Vision

Solutionspace began to take shape after noticing that a lot of the steps involved in building technology for startups are repeated and could be improved by having the most used patterns and activities combined together and conveniently packaged for new startups to experiment with and expand from.

With this in mind, there is a huge potential for growth in supporting new startups in various industries including Technology, Services and Commerce. Through features that will allow people to quickly build apps, websites, integrations and automation without requiring prior development experience, we hope to see more people getting involved in new entrepreneurial ventures, and innovating in existing industries.

The initial market for Solutionspace is entrepreneurs who have an idea for a startup and need a platform built as part of their idea. Beyond this market, we plan to introduce an online startup boot camp that engages people in activities to take them through the journey of finding an opportunity, and developing it into a business.

Solutionspace is built on distributed technology infrastructure that allows it to easily scale at every stage of its development to any number of users in any geographical location. Solutionspace will initially go through a series of exclusive pilots in the ACT in order to gather feedback from initial pilot users. After a series of expansions and releases, account creation on Solutionspace will become open to the public. While developing the user base in Australia, we will be responsive to feedback and requests and use social media marketing strategies to increase growth. English-speaking countries outside Australia will be the next area of expansion, followed by non-English speaking countries including those in Asia.

Some initial industries that Solutionspace can be useful for include Technology, Online Communications, and Commerce. These will be supported by features that allow rapid website and app development, along with integrations and automation. Beyond these industries, we have plans to expand into other industries including Marketing & Advertising, Education and Finance.

Mentor Pitch

Overview

Solutionspace is a platform for connecting people with the resources to turn their ideas into reality. Solutionspace was created from a vision of people coming together to improve the world and solve problems.

Solutionspace is powered by the infrastructure used by multinational tech giants. Solutionspace connects people together through a platform for their ideas, empowers them by providing a range of products and services for building their ideas, and provides support throughout their journey.

Solutionspace began to take shape after noticing that a lot of the steps involved in building technology for startups are repeated and could be improved by having the most used patterns and activities combined together and conveniently packaged for new startups to experiment with and expand from.

The suite of solutions that come with a project on Solutionspace include:

  • Global News Updates
  • Team Communication
  • Resource Management
  • Website Builder
  • App Creator
  • Automations and Integrations
  • Online startup boot camp

The initial market for Solutionspace is entrepreneurs who have an idea for a startup and need a platform built as part of their idea. Beyond this market, we plan to introduce an online startup boot camp that engages people in activities to take them through the journey of finding an opportunity, and developing it into a business.

The Team

The Solutionspace team consists of a developer with a passion for technological advances, and an accountant with an eye for numbers and business finances.

Julian is a software developer with background in computer science and mathematics. His work experience includes web development at a cybersecurity company and technology consulting at Deloitte Australia. Outside of his studies and work, he competes in programming competitions hosted by IBM and Google. Working in a team of 3 to develop algorithmic solutions under timed conditions, his team was awarded 1st and 2nd place in the Canberra division of the ACM team programming competition. While at University, he has been involved in a handful of startups in areas of team collaboration, managing societies, tutoring and education technology. His side projects have included a notification scheduler, a poll creator, a project for virtual team coordination and automated trading.

Diana is an accountant working at Tailored Accounts with experience working with businesses of varying sizes in Canberra. She has a passion for numbers and finances, as well as teamwork and marketing. Diana has also worked for a Non-profit Consulting Organisation, where she delivered a series of structural solutions to tackle a variety of business challenges. Diana’s strong work ethic and communication skills have contributed to her earning a role as a host in training workshops at her workplace. Diana has also participated in a number of case competitions including a microfinance case competition, where she worked in a team of 3 and developed some strategies for a microfinance company in the Phillipines.¬†

Looking for a Mentor

Our team is keen to build a relationship with a mentor who’s interested in sharing their experience in the areas of startup growth, and also the challenges that startups need to overcome in order to succeed.

The Customer Experience

Firstly, our team will start advertising on social media, such as Facebook and WeChat. Secondly, we will post posters around campus in Canberra and Sydney. Then when we have around 100 users, we will host several workshops to promote our project.

 

We will set up a feedback page on our platform, and our customers can be easily reach us, and we will try to reply to our customers as soon as possible as at least one of our team members will be in charge of customer engagement.

The Team

One of team members has experience working in marketing department of a finance firm. Both of the team members have a wide variety of network, as both of us have worked in a few large organisations, and we still maintain contact with some of the colleague from those firms. We have been actively discussing our project to friends, family and colleagues, and we have been adjusting our project according to the customer feedback we collected.

Our Partners

We would like more feedback on some advertising skills to attract potential customers. We also need broader networks in the industry to help us grow our project.