The Freshbooks/Fidelity Labs
Reshape The World Challenge
FreshBooks and Fidelity Labs have launched the first Reshape the World Challenge. Through the Challenge, the companies hope to discover innovative companies and individuals helping the self-employed to be more successful.
“Self-employed professionals are on track to become the workforce majority within a decade, but the world is not yet built for them,” said Levi Cooperman, co-founder and VP Operations at FreshBooks. “Things that should be simple – like finding new clients, securing credit, filing for taxes or saving for retirement – are unnecessarily difficult today when you work for yourself. Our mission at FreshBooks is to reshape the world to suit the needs of self-employed professionals and their teams, and this challenge is an exciting way for us to support other entrepreneurs who share our mission.”
If you own a small business or startup that provides a service to the self-employed, you could be in the running to win the Reshape The World Challenge. FreshBooks and Fidelity Labs want to reward businesses that are reshaping the world by providing a product or service that caters to the self-employed. Examples of such services include helping the self-employed find new clients, handle their finances better, or secure credit for their businesses.
“While independent workers see many upsides to their non-traditional careers, one significant downside is the absence of a structured benefits and savings plan that is often simply built into traditional employment,” said Sean Belka, head of Fidelity Labs. “At Fidelity Labs, we are committed to improving customers’ financial lives, and that includes the self-employed. We are proud to collaborate with FreshBooks to support bright minds that are focused on helping self-employed people be productive at work and successful in life.”
Prizes for the Reshape The World Challenge include:
• $30,000 in cash
• Free promotion and exposure for your business
• All-expenses paid travel to Raleigh, NC, to demonstrate your product or service and meet with industry experts
• Virtual workshops on topics chosen by you, such as branding, customer acquisition, and user experience
To Enter and dates
To enter the Reshape The World Challenge, complete a brief form describing your business and the problem your business is trying to solve for the self-employed. Entries can include a 500 word description of your product or a 90-second video.
This challenge runs until May 25, 2018; winners will be announced on June 8, 2018.
What The Judges will be looking for:
The Reshape The World Challenge judges are looking for businesses devoted to helping the self-employed prosper. They’ll want to see that your business helps freelancers and the self-employed deal effectively with day-to-day problems, and that your product or service uniquely solves an unmet need. In short, is your business focused on serving the self-employed market?
Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for the Reshape The World Challenge, your company must:
• Offer a product available in the U.S.
• Be privately-held or, if incorporated, be incorporated for more than five years
• Not be a consulting or outsourcing firm
• The product, service, or software must already exist in the market
FreshBooks is the #1 invoicing and accounting software in the cloud designed exclusively for self-employed professionals and their teams. (See our Freshbooks Review on this site.) The company has helped more than 10 million people process billions of dollars through its easy-to-invoicing, time-tracking, expense management, and online payments features. Recognized with eight Stevie awards for best customer service in the world, the company’s mantra is to “execute extraordinary experiences everyday.” Based in Toronto, Canada, FreshBooks serves paying customers in 160 countries. www.FreshBooks.com
About Fidelity Labs
Fidelity Labs is the innovation engine for Fidelity Investments. For nearly 20 years, the team of now more than 160 employees around the world has focused on leveraging emerging technology and human-centered design to create new businesses, products and services that better people’s financial lives.