Charles Donnelly, '21 | University Gigs (Freelancer Marketplace)

Charles Donnelly, University Gigs

Describe your company: University Gigs is a student-exclusive freelance marketplace that prioritizes connecting talented students with high-profile experiential learning opportunities in the form of freelance contracts, or 'Gigs'.

Target Industry: Freelancer Marketplace

What is your role in the company, and please list team members' names and their current role in the company:   I am co-founder and CEO. Edward Moriarty is my co-founder. John Henry and Ron Drabkin are Advisors.

Why did you apply to Race To Revenue? What are you hoping to get out of this experience? I applied because I wanted to learn from the best, and I figured that the best way to gain entrepreneurship experience was to try it for real. After this experience, I hope to gain first-class industry knowledge and have the ability to successfully operate a start-up or business.

Has there been someone who has helped you with your venture so far? John Henry has been an invaluable resource throughout this process, providing me with guidance and acting as a mentor for me. John is always available to offer me advice and steer me in the right direction.

What do you want to learn more about, relating to business development in general or your own company/venture specifically? I want to learn how to make the right mistakes, so that in the future I am more prepared to make tough decisions.

Entrepreneurial fun fact: I am a design major and have no background in entrepreneurship.

Favorite place to get tacos and what kind? Valle Verde back home in Cincinnati. I like getting chicken and steak tacos.