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Freelancer platform Revolancer surpasses 120,000 users as it enters next fundraising round

A freelance community founded by a former Bishop’s Stortford schoolboy has surpassed 120,000 users as it enters its next fundraising round.

Revolancer was created by Karl Swanepoel, who attended Birchwood High School and Hockerill Anglo-European College, to match freelancers with start-ups seeking digital services.

The platform, which allows users to exchange their services for cash or credits which can then be exchanged with other users, is growing rapidly and is currently seeing over 1,000 new users sign up daily.

And the company is targeting one million members by 2025 as it looks to add a further £1.5m to its initial £550,000 raise.

“We’re proud of how quickly our community has grown and this has been down to the hard work of our team, but also the fact that our platform has a real community focus and that’s been important for freelancers,” said Swanepoel, who founded the business in 2021 while studying at Aberystwyth University.

Revolancer founder Karl Swanepoel, right, with co-founders Ewa Gorka and Skye Brady
Revolancer founder Karl Swanepoel, right, with co-founders Ewa Gorka and Skye Brady

“It can be tough going on your own, especially at the beginning, and so being able to connect, collaborate and share work through one platform has been an important factor in our growth.

“If we continue at this rate we will surpass other, more established freelance platforms and get closer to our mission of making freelance and self-employment a genuinely achievable career route.

“There are over two million freelancers in the UK alone, contributing £162bn to our economy.”

The company also recently launched a tongue-in-cheek petition to ban the traditional 9 to 5 which received over 15,000 signatures and aimed to widen the debate about modern ways of working.

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