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Science freelancing platform Kolabtree surpasses 10,000 registered experts
Online platform for freelance scientists, Kolabtree, is the first specialist science platform to surpass 10,000 registered freelancers.
The company is more equipped than ever to enable access to the specialist skills required for projects, such as analyzing data, designing a clinical trial, helping with regulatory approval or scientific writing. These skills help businesses to develop new products, conduct robust research and grow their businesses.
Launched in 2015, Kolabtree is an on-demand marketplace that connects businesses with highly qualified scientists and academics. With the aim of making scientific expertise easily accessible, Kolabtree helps organisations hire experts on demand. Each month, over 400 projects that require the skills of a specialist are posted on the platform. Businesses simply enter their requirements and receive quotes from qualified freelancers, usually within 24 hours. Over 2,500 businesses have successfully completed projects with the help of Kolabtree’s global network of freelance experts.
“Access to specialist skills used to be a privilege reserved for large companies with extensive budgets,” explained Ashmita Das, CEO of Kolabtree. “All businesses deserve access to the skills they need to thrive and Kolabtree provides a mechanism of linking small and medium sized businesses with scientific experts. As our pool of freelancers increases, we will be able to match the skills of the freelancer even more precisely with the requirements of a project.
“As the gig economy sweeps across industries, it’s clear that highly skilled knowledge workers have a role to play,” added Das. “In a time of uncertainty, Kolabtree provides access to these skills by removing the financial, political and geographic barriers. Kolabtree’s global database of highly skilled PhD scientists also proves that the gig economy and freelance work can only be a positive for the scientific community. It gives businesses access to the right skills when they need them and also allows talented scientists to work on a range of projects, broadening their own skill sets.”
Scientists on Kolabtree are from a range of traditional and interdisciplinary disciplines, ranging from scientists who specialize in medical statistics, to neuroscientists who are experts in mathematical modelling. They include scientists from NASA, MIT, the University of Cambridge and more. Kolabtree’s freelancers,over 60 per cent of whom hold PhDs, are either independent consultants, experienced scientists or early career researchers looking to supplement their full-time roles with part-time work. With access to a diverse range of projects, scientists have a chance to make a real-world impact, while earning suitable consulting fees. With an increase of 150 per cent in freelancer registrations on Kolabtree from 2018-2019, there is a clear interest among the research community to go freelance and collaborate with industries across borders.
Kolabtree receives about 400 projects a month from businesses of all sizes, ranging from global companies like Volkswagen to one-person startups. Recently, on behalf of UK flatsharing website SpareRoom, PR agency CowPR hired a freelance mathematician to help solve how Ross could have got the sofa up the stairs in the infamous “Pivot” episode of Friends.
Another US-based medical device company was able to find a freelance medical writer, who helped put together the regulatory documents required for the launch of its product. In both these instances, there was a one-off requirement for a specialist. Businesses can save up to 50 per cent of costs by hiring a freelancer or consultant instead of hiring a full-time expert in-house.
Alex Lucio, executive vice president at 3B Medical, who used Kolabtree to work with medical writers, says: “The quality of experts available has been high and we have typically found selection, bidding and hiring to be effortless. All of the consulting projects that we have bid out and placed through Kolabtree were successful and the quality of work was exceptional.”
Whether you’re looking for help to write a research paper or perform a statistical analysis, Kolabtree can help. To find the perfect freelancer for your project, visit the Kolabtree website and post your project for free.
Kolabtree helps organizations hire freelance scientists from reputed institutions worldwide. The company has a database of over 10,000 scientists and academics with expertise in 2,000+ areas including data analysis, scientific consulting, desk research, scientific writing and food science. Project owners can post a project for free and then receive quotes from relevant experts before deciding on a freelancer to work with.