Launchpeer, a Charleston-based consultancy that builds startups through a unique startup-as-a-service model, announced Purple Panda as its first-ever Accelerator team.
The early-stage startup is building a mobile app that will connect homeowners and businesses to local workers for on-demand jobs like moving, yard work, or repairs. Through the app, job posters can find, hire, and manage pre-vetted labor at a fixed price, and job seekers can access short-term local jobs at a pay rate well above minimum wage.
“We are honored to be the first startup in the Launchpeer Accelerator. We’ve had this idea for a while and with Launchpeer’s skills, resources, and team of mentors, we can finally bring it to market,” says Gavin McCully, Co-Founder of Purple Panda.
As the first of its kind in the Southeast, the Launchpeer Accelerator will provide over 300 hours of software development, along with sales and marketing assistance to fully validate, build, and launch a scalable product for Purple Panda.
Purple Panda will be the only team in the inaugural program, allowing Launchpeer to give full attention to their needs over the course of the next 14 weeks. In addition to branding and development, Purple Panda will receive free workspace at Launchpeer’s West Ashley office, free legal assistance, and weekly hands-on sessions with expert mentors. The cash value of these resources equates to over $50,000.
“We’re thrilled to have Purple Panda as the first team in our Accelerator,” says Jake Hare, Founder and CEO of Launchpeer. “Their idea has huge potential, and after a few months of dedication, they’ll be on track to become Charleston’s newest high-growth startup.”
Launchpeer works hands-on with early-stage businesses and non-technical entrepreneurs, providing software development, graphic design, and marketing assistance to achieve growth, obtain capital, and increase revenue. Since founding in 2014, Launchpeer has implemented industry-tested processes like rapid prototyping, lean methodology, and growth hacking to build and scale over 150 startups in seven different countries.