While working at a top event staffing agency in Toronto, Eropa Stein noticed that many of its processes were inefficient and outdated. To revolutionize the industry, she created Hyre, an online marketplace that directly connects event organizers, such as hotels and caterers, with qualified event staff. By not hiring through an agency, event organizers can save up to 40 per cent on staffing costs and event staff can earn higher wages.
SmartStart funding helped Hyre improve its marketing and social media strategy and recruit event staff to join the platform. Over 20 leading hotel chains and catering companies are currently using Hyre for events in Toronto and Ottawa, including Westin, Delta, and Best Western Plus. The team is now raising a major funding round, which will help them expand across Canada and the U.S.