Online at the Startup Nights Winterthur: Panel on nearshoring & IT outsourcing

Die Veranstaltung StartUp-Nights in Winterthur 2023

Start Small, Dream Big – Exciting panel discussion on the topic of nearshoring and IT outsourcing

The start-up scene is lively and dynamic, and Winterthur has developed into a hotspot for innovative entrepreneurs in recent years. One event that perfectly embodies this dynamic is the Startup Nights in Winterthur.

This is an annual two-night event that brings together startup founders and aspiring founders, CEOs, CTOs, corporates and investors to share ideas and find inspiration. The Startup Nights also offer an ideal environment for building a network, learning from experienced companies and attracting investors for financing rounds.

We as Online were also represented at this event with an exciting panel discussion. As an experienced nearshoring partner and expert in the field of IT outsourcingthat supports start-ups and established companies in scaling their development teams.

Why have the start-ups Notime and Yapeal set up development teams in Poland?

The discussion began with Balz Zürrerthe CEO of the Online Group, who moderated the panel discussion. Christian Meier from Yapeal AG and Michael Hauser from notime (Switzerland) AG actively participated in the discussion. These renowned Swiss startups shared their experiences and the compelling reasons why they decided to establish development teams in Poland. The Online Group, with its broad expertise in nearshoring and IT outsourcing, helped them to successfully, quickly and sustainably build up a software engineering team. Katharina Lasota Heller from Lexcellence brought important legal aspects of the nearshoring model into the discussion, while Rafal Zimoch from the Online Group spoke about the invaluable benefits of working with Polish software engineers. Rafal emphasized the short recruitment time of highly qualified software engineers with excellent English skills.

Team members have to learn quickly. This is the most important quality in today’s complex issues.

Christian Meier

CIO, Yapeal

Advantages of software engineering teams with nearshoring in Poland

The second section of the discussion focused on the question “Why Poland?” Here, our customers notime and Yapeal shared their experiences of setting up development teams in Poland. Poland is characterized by highly qualified specialists who are able to handle complex development projects in the field of software engineering. As an experienced partner in the field of nearshoring and IT outsourcing, Online enables Swiss start-ups to be more flexible and competitive. This is particularly relevant when it comes to the rapid scaling of development teams.

Practical tips and questions on scaling software engineering teams

In the final section of the discussion, participants received practical advice and strategies on how to work effectively with development teams in Poland. Of course, this includes the use of communication tools and agile methods. Regular physical meetings are important for a good team spirit. The advantage of nearshoring with Poland compared to offshoring is the easy accessibility (1 hour by direct flight from Zurich) and the same cultural values. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions and benefit from the extensive experience of established experts in the field of nearshoring and IT outsourcing to benefit. This open exchange and concrete experience from successful start-ups and companies was particularly valuable for many participants.

“If a startup needs a software engineer, it only takes 6-8 weeks from the first contact with us until your software engineer starts work.

Rafal Zimoch

Managing Director Poland, Online

Start small, dream big – thanks to team extension with nearshoring

Overall, the Online Group’s panel discussion provided Startup Nights participants with valuable insights and inspiration for their own entrepreneurial projects. The event highlighted how working with Poland through an experienced nearshoring partner and IT outsourcing expert can be a smart strategic decision to promote the success of software engineering startups in Switzerland and beyond. The Startup Nights in Winterthur remain an important platform for the exchange of ideas and the promotion of start-up culture in the region, supported by the Online Group’s outstanding expertise in nearshoring and IT outsourcing.

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