UNBENCH onboards partner’s Devs for a project that raised $6.5M Series A

UNBENCH onboards partner’s Devs for a project that raised $6.5M Series A
UNBENCH onboards partner’s Devs for a project that raised $6.5M Series A

About the project:

Client is an online lending company that provides fast and easy working capital funding to small and medium businesses in South Africa.

In 2014, to support the growth of South African SMEs, Trevor Gosling and Neil Welman decided to provide entrepreneurs with access to working capital. The team of two from Cape Town developed an online application form applying algorithms to offer loans without visiting the bank, making the process easy and saving entrepreneurs' time. Reaching a $6.5M Series A, the startup enlarged its tech and data staff and expanded its network to contact more SMEs.

To help the client achieve goals, we conveyed the project to our partner company, SQRD.tech, who made it possible by applying at Unbench. The client was looking for a bunch of Middle + .Net developers. The project is supposed to be long-term (1+ year), so SQRD was sure about developer workload in the future.

About the partner:

SQRD.tech - custom software development company from sunny Italy with an R&D office in Latvia and 40 people on board. They are young but ambitious and very tech-savvy.

UNBENCH onboards partner’s Devs for a project that raised $6.5M Series A

About the process:

For this position, we had a pool of 125 candidates from the external market and partner companies. So the competition was intense. However, we hired the first specialist in less than one month.

The interview included three stages:

  1. English check and Tech Expert Interview (1 hour)
  2. Intro with Tech Lead (15 – 30 minutes)
  3. Intro with a client (30 – 45 minutes)


As SQRD.tech replied to requests and submitted candidates on time, in July 2021, the first specialist started working on a current project.

In July 2021, SQRD.tech sent a Lead .Net engineer for consideration due to an open project position. Thus, we onboarded one more developer on a project in less than a month.

After passing each interview stage with Kitrum and the client, our partners responded to requests from our Unbench platform to provide and onboard 4 of their developers.

Furthermore, we collaborated well and completed five projects together in total. Here is feedback from a developer working on a project:

“I clearly understand the goals and values of the project. Some tasks require additional details, but it’s generally fine.”

UNBENCH onboards partner’s Devs for a project that raised $6.5M Series A

Project Management workflow:

  • For everyday communication, we use Slack
  • For the weekly meetings, we use Handouts
  • For Project Management, we use Jira

Finding long-term projects might be challenging. Hence, for 9 years kitrum.dev platform has been helping find projects and Unbench specialists.

Offering benefits from our side, such as:

  1. ensuring the timely payment of your specialist's work on our projects
  2. assisting during the project
  3. managing the entire project process
  4. presenting developers' CVs in a "selling" format to our clients
  5. helping your specialists to pass an interview successfully!

By becoming our partner via the Unbench platform, you increase your chances of getting a long-term project and effortlessly unbench your specialists within a short time from the moment you apply to Unbench.

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