The challenge

Smart businesses seeking smart students

Innovative businesses are the key to economic growth and new jobs. And to grow and innovate, they need top talent and skills that are in short supply.

There's no shortage of smart undergraduate and post-graduates students wanting to work and build skills while studying, but the road to making these connections isn't easy.

Business find it hard and slow to navigate individual university job pathways, while students struggle to find quality businesses that complement their studies.

Our response

Job-hunting made easy

Ribit is an online matchmaking platform that directly connects innovative companies, startups and SMEs to students with the skills they need.

This free service channels user requirements into a quick and intuitive registration process, making it easy for businesses to post their requirements.

Student "Ribit-ers" distil their skills and experiences into a single profile. A quick sign-up reveals internships and other work opportunities aligned with their skills and needs.

The matching is processed via an algorithmic platform which factors in skills, location and other data points.

Since setting up in beta in February 2016, over 600 innovative businesses and over 6500 students from across Australia have registered on the platform. This resulted in over 1000 speed-dating interviews in 10 events across the eastern states and 250 job and paid internships matches.

Ribit employers are the innovative and disruptive companies that are transforming industries and growing. Ribit students have the latest digital skills relating to STEM, business and data analysis, design, and marketing.

These skills are needed to help businesses of all sizes to grow and transform in any industry sector.

"We were (one of) the first Victorian employers to advertise on Ribit. We attracted a number of high calibre STEM applicants and have now employed a student (and have gone back to look for more). I would definitely use Ribit again and recommend it to others." Alan Dormer, Chief Executive, Opturion

Flexibility is a major consideration. Whether they are looking to trial new talent or just need a specific skill set to complete a projects, employers can choose internships, part-time jobs or one-off projects, positions which also complement a packed study schedule.

The results

Getting industry closer to academia

Ribit also hosts fast-paced, physical speed-dating-for-jobs events which offer students the chance to pitch for jobs with multiple businesses and start-ups.

Teaming up with local co-working spaces and other partners across Australia, we've run events in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Geelong, Brisbane and the Gold Coast across  fintech, logistics/big data tech, traveltech, medtech and other high-growth sectors.

A typical speed-networking night generates an electric atmosphere sparked by combining 100+ ambitious students, 25-30 talent hungry businesses and enthusiastic mentors who dispense industry wisdom on the fly.

In November 2016, our Medtech & Biotech Mingle Melbourne brought together the big and small end of town. Over 200 students from Victorian universities met over 50 corporate executives, small business and start-up founders: from EY, IBM, CSL and Cochlear to Clinicloud, MDI and Anatomics. Over a third were post-graduates.

With industry mentors, academics and expert pitch doctors ready to help, no student was left without new industry connections, interview experience or - in many cases - a job opportunity.

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[Image changes to show Liz Jakubowski talking to the camera and text appears: Liz Jakubowski, Director, Ribit]

Liz Jakubowski: Our goal here today

[Image changes to show students in a room and the camera pans around the room showing different views of the students and then text appears: Australian National University, Canberra]

is to introduce the terrific, innovative companies and start-ups who’ve come here to meet some super smart students of Canberra.

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It doesn’t matter what sort of degree you have it’s really about the students matching with the business and finding the right cultural fit.

[Image changes to show a view looking down on the students and then the image changes to show Professor Brian Schmidt talking to the camera and text appears: Professor Brian Schmidt, Vice-Chancellor, ANU]

Professor Brian Schmidt:  We actually have the opportunity here, in Canberra, to create a great culture around innovation. 

[Images move through of the students moving around in fast motion and then the image changes to show Professor Brian Schmidt talking to the camera]

As a fraction of our population there are more students in Canberra than any other place in Australia by an order of magnitude and that creates the environment that allows events like this to work and work well.

[Image changes to show Glen Hassett standing at a podium talking and then images move through of the students listening and Glen Hassett talking to the camera and text appears: Glen Hassett, ACT Government]

Glen Hassett: Initiatives like ribit are incredibly important to our economic diversification agenda.  They shape new directions, they change ways of working and thinking and they create ripples in the large economic pond.

[Images move through of the students and then the image changes to show Petr Adàmek talking to the camera and text appears: Petr Adàmek, CEO, CBR Innovation Network]

Petr Adàmek: What we see here happening tonight, talent connecting from the local universities and tertiaries, with those entrepreneurs is at the core of innovation.

[Music plays and images move through of the bell being rung, students moving around, and Susan Bruce talking to the camera and text appears: Susan Bruce, Poachers Pantry]

Susan Bruce: Now, I’m looking for someone that’s bright, articulate and can hopefully help me really work on my marketing strategy.

[Image changes to show Rob Coorey talking to the camera and then the students at desks and text appears: Rob Coorey, Geospatial Intelligence]

Rob Coorey: We’re in the critical need for somebody, really smart, somebody who can think out of the box.

[Image changes to show Sasha Petrovski talking to the camera and text appears: Sasha Petrovski, Fivium]

Sasha Petrovski: We’re an expanding company so we are looking for people that are, have that spark.

[Image changes to show Regina Adhani-Pramesti talking to the camera and then images of the students move through and text appears: Regina Adhani-Pramesti, Software Engineering, ANU]

Regina Adhani-Pramesti:  I’m just looking internship and job opportunities for after I graduate.

[Image changes to show Susan Jiang talking to the camera and text appears: Susan Jiang, Accounting, ANU]

Susan Jiang: It’s my first time to come to this type of activity, speed like you’re being dating.  Yes, it’s very, amazing.

[Image changes to show Cindy Mitchell talking to the camera and then the image changes to show Cindy Mitchell talking to the students and text appears: Cindy Mitchell, The Mill House Accelerator]

Cindy Mitchell: It’s fantastic.  I’m so excited about the number of applications that I have received.

[Image changes to show Liz Jakubowski talking to the camera and then images move through of the students]

Liz Jakubowski:  There’s about 40 job offers up for grabs tonight and we believe that about a third of the students who are here tonight will go home with an offer.

[Image changes to show Dr Jacqui Watt talking to the camera and then images move through of students and text appears: Dr Jacqui Watt, Innovation Facilitator, CSIRO]

Dr Jacqui Watt:  Everybody is giving it a real hot go, which is fantastic and people have come prepared, are willing to listen and learn.

[Image changes to show Rob Coorey talking to the camera]

Rob Coorey: We’ll look forward to more events but I think we found a number of good candidates actually.

[Image changes to show Susan Bruce talking to the camera]

Susan Bruce: You’ve got a few gems in there that I think I’ll be calling next week. 

[Images move through of the students and then the image changes to show Cindy Mitchell talking to the camera]

Cindy Mitchell: I hope that I can actually get the people that I want because I can feel the competitive tension in the room.

[Images move through of the students and then the image changes to show Michelle Adiwangsa talking to the camera while another female listens and text appears: Michelle Adiwangsa, Advanced Science, ANU]

Michelle Adiwangsa:  It’s been an amazing, one work intense.

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