An online platform that connects people with a disability to carers has taken out the Deloitte Fast 50 Australia awards and placed second at the Asia Pacific Tech Fast 500.
Hireup, a National Disability Insurance Scheme registered provider, recorded a staggering 7,713% growth over the past three years to finish on top of the Australian list.
“As a for-purpose business, we’re amazed and excited by the recognition this award brings to purpose-led organisations and the potential they have to bring about positive change at scale,” said Hireup CEO and co-founder, Jordan O’Reilly after receiving the Australian prize on November 29.
“We’re incredibly proud to be collecting this award on behalf of our community of people with disability, their families and their support workers.
Following success in Australia in late November, Hireup was put up against the top tech talent in Asia in the Asia Pacific Fast 500.
It finished second place overall, behind Chinese live streaming platform Wuhan Douyo Network Technology Co, while a total of 90 Australian companies finished in the Fast 500.
“We currently have over 18,000 people signed up to Hireup – giving them the tools to find, hire and manage their own support worker while we take care of the administrative back end functions, including payroll, tax and comprehensive insurance,” said O’Reilly.
“Thanks to our cost-effective model, we have saved people with a disability over $4m in their funding packages so far, which equates to over 100,000 extra hours of support.”
Before Hireup, people with disabilities needed to rely on organisations to schedule and send care to their home, giving them little control over who came to assist them and when.
Hireup removes the mediator and empowers those with a disability by enabling them to choose the services they need.
The technology creates a platform where people with disabilities and carers can find each other and create their own schedules.
The 90 companies featuring in the Tech Fast 500 represent Australia’s most successful outing at the event in 13 years, finishing only behind China (119) and Taiwan (101).
Deloitte Australia’s Tech Fast 50 Lead Partner, Josh Tanchel, said the results show Australian companies can mix it with the rest of the world.
“The Asia Pacific region offers huge opportunities for Australian growth companies looking to scale up their operations and expand overseas,” he said.
“It is seen by many as a launch pad to the rest of the world so it’s fantastic to see so many Australian companies competing at this level and featuring in the Fast 500.
”With the low-hanging technology fruit having been well and truly picked in developed Western markets, combined with an emerging middle-class demanding improved customer experiences, the Asia Pacific region is primed for growth companies to make a real impact.”