Enter Kaplan EdTech Accelerator alum startup Flinja, which is gaining success by connecting students with paid but flexible freelance work, which will also help them on those long-range career goals.
Flinja has signed up 150,000 "freelance ninjas" since its launch in October 2012, tapping into growing demand among students and recent graduates for paid, relevant work experience as an alternative to lowly internships. The site connects students with companies such as Xerox, Kaplan and Yelp.
Udemy, an online learning platform that uses the site to recruit, said it provided a better caliber of freelance candidate. "The quality of the applicants on Flinja has been much better compared to other services I use regularly," said Kasia Mikoluk, content marketer at Udemy.
READ the entire story "Startup taps student demand for paid work" by Alanna Petroff at CNNMoney.
The San Francisco-based Flinja was part of the inaugural class of the Kaplan EdTech Accelerator which ran over three months in summer 2013. Here's founder and CEO Victor Young presenting at Demo Day in September.