As regular readers of this blog will know, I rather enjoy keeping abreast of the latest research in the social business field. As the industry grows there is increasing attention applied to it by the academic world. Suffice to say however, there remain issues surrounding the accessibility of research, so it’s always nice to see new platforms that aim to make research more available to the world at large.
One such platform that has launched recently is Eulergy. The site aims to match students currently undertaking Phd level research with organisations hoping to tap into their insights. Organisations can register with the site and instantly begin hunting through the database to see if there is anything interesting going on in their field. Should they find something, they can then easily contact the researchers involved.
The proposition is arguably even more enticing from the students perspective. Whereas organisations pay for using the site, students can use it for free. Once signed up, they can easily create a profile and begin to fill out some details about the work they’re undertaking.
Whilst it’s free for students, organisations pay once they’ve found a research project or proposal they feel is of use to them. They can then also arrange support and resources to help students complete their theses. Companies benefit from innovative research and a prospective employee or collaborator, while students gain much-needed financial backing and potential future employment.
It’s an interesting project on a number of levels. Firstly of course, it gives organisations access to some nice research. It also however gives them access to talented people in their field. Given the difficulties amongst young people in finding work upon graduation, this talent management aspect of the site could arguably be the most valuable.
It’s a nice site and a concept that is well worth keeping an eye on.Original post