Sam Wilson graduated from Aston University in 2014 with a degree in International Business and Spanish. Whilst at university, Sam and his course mate Ellie noticed that many of their contemporaries had a variety of skills but instead of utilising these, they would often be working in low-skilled part-time jobs alongside their studies. Together, they decided to launch Virtalent, with the aim of providing an affordable outsourcing service for small business owners and professionals by matching them with university students who have the required skills.
Sam and Ellie joined BSEEN to improve their business skills, and thought it was great that the Bootcamp workshops were provided by external trainers who were experts in their fields. As part of BSEEN, Virtalent received a grant which they used to build their first website, buy the software to build their task management and application portals, and purchase various vital resources such as Adobe Creative Suite, display banners, business stationery and an exhibition stand.
BSEEN also provided Sam and Ellie with a mentor, who they thought was “really beneficial” and taught them a lot. Sam stated that BSEEN enabled them to cement their ideas and gave them confidence in what they were already doing.
Since launching the service, Virtalent has helped more than 30 entrepreneurs to work smarter, not harder, with their innovative and unique solution. Unlike other Virtual Assistant companies, clients can access a wide range of skills – anything from social media management to graphic design – and not just simple PA support. Virtalent’s client base includes many smaller local companies in areas such as Edgbaston and the Jewellery Quarter, right through to a Content Manager from Mozilla in Silicon Valley and the board of the Marco Pierre White restaurant chain.
Virtalent is currently going through another round of investment and Sam hopes that they will be able to take on some new staff in the next six months.