3 January 2018
By Mary Bermingham
An Irish start-up has received a New Year’s boost with an investment of €200,000 by Dan Kiely, one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs.
Dan Kiely – who sold his company, Voxpro, last August for an estimated €150 million – has become the first high-profile entrepreneur to invest in Abodoo, a careers site that promotes remote and flexible working.
Abodoo launched in September 2017, and is based in Gorey, Co. Wexford. Since its launch, it has established partnerships with leading employers offering remote and flexible career opportunities nationwide.
Abodoo plans to expand to the UK and other European markets this year. The company has attracted support from the IDA and open eir, in addition to Mr. Kiely.
Vanessa Tierney, co-founder of Abodoo, said: “As we enter our first full year of trading, we are delighted to announce this investment of €200,000 by Dan Kiely.
“Dan is an entrepreneur through and through, and achieved phenomenal success in establishing, leading and selling Voxpro. He dreams big and encourages innovation in all aspects of his business investments.
“Dan has followed Abodoo since our establishment and, like us, he believes smart working is the future. His investment will support our expansion into the UK and other European markets.
“Dan’s international experience will be invaluable to us as we grow. Candidates are already registering with us from around the world. With Dan’s guidance, we’ll be able to capitalise on this through regional and in-country presence and international marketing.”
Ms. Tierney said the immediate priority for Abodoo in 2018 is to encourage more people to register with the site to access the flexible careers on offer.
“We’re working with some of the most attractive employers in Ireland, and we have a range of excellent roles on offer,” she said. “Our goal is to continue to attract registrations from candidates seeking more flexible careers. Typically, these are commuters who want a career that fits with their lifestyle, and allows them to cut out lengthy and costly commutes.
“January is a time for new resolutions, and we’re encouraging anyone looking to transform their work-life balance to register with Abodoo this year.”
Facts & Figures
Abodoo is the only free-to-access, dedicated website promoting remote and flexible career opportunities. The platform was built with both the employer and employee in mind and uses algorithms to ensure both candidates and businesses see only the best results. Employers and those seeking flexible and remote careers can register now at www.abodoo.com.