42. OPPORTUNI

OPPORTUNI seeks to make the entire process of bidding for public sector contracts more open, straightforward and affordable

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Founders: Tim Ward and Bill MacGregor
Founded: 2020
Website: opportuni.co.uk

Meet the “Tinder for tenders” that wants to open up new opportunities for SMEs

Bidding for public sector contracts is a nightmare. Whether it's councils, the NHS or even government tenders, there are over 3,000 portals in the UK to monitor, and a specialised, technical application process that is a massive barrier to entry for small businesses.

OPPORTUNI wants to fix this by matching UK businesses with tender opportunities that match their skills, and then teaching them how to bid successfully or connecting them with skilled and experienced bid writers that know how to navigate the process.

OPPORTUNI's fees are a drop in the ocean compared to the £30,000 plus it would cost to hire a full-time bid coordinator

To use the service, businesses pay either £150 per month + VAT or an annual fee of £1,500 + VAT that includes a free bid consultation.

However, as OPPORTUNI points out, this is a drop in the ocean compared to the £30,000 plus it would cost to hire a full-time bid coordinator. And for this relatively modest fee, your business gets access to a whole new world of opportunities to take your business to the next level.

OPPORTUNI has expanded at a seriously impressive rate, with over 500% growth recorded in the past six months alone.

Since launching in March 2020, OPPORTUNI has expanded at a seriously impressive rate, with over 500% growth recorded in the past six months alone.

In the UK, the company’s drive to democratise public sector bidding fits neatly with the government’s levelling up agenda and OPPORTUNI is poised to launch in the US in October.

This North East startup is seriously going places and could well be a fixture in the Startups 100 for years to come.

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