Deliveroo's big pitch - riders given chance to secure business investment

Deliveroo's big pitch - riders given chance to secure business investment in new 'Dragon's Den' style initiative

  • Deliveroo will invite riders to pitch their business ideas to a panel of leading investors prepared to invest thousands in to new ideas
  • New package of scholarships in bachelor-level degrees for riders
  • Deliveroo extends its partnership with OpenClassrooms by offering further free online learning courses for riders, including help to start-up businesses, soft skills training and other courses
  • Deliveroo is setting up a range of apprenticeships at the company and in restaurant partners that will be open to riders

Deliveroo has [today] unveiled a new package of measures to give riders free training courses and opportunities to grow their own businesses in future. Riders will be offered access to more than 300 free online training courses, from how to write a CV to learning a language to web design. The new business support and skills measures, which together will form the Deliveroo Academy, are being announced the day before global tech leaders gather in Paris at 'Tech for Good' a summit organised and hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.  

Last year an independent study commissioned by Deliveroo showed that almost 40% of riders said they wanted to start their own business, so Deliveroo is launching 'The Big Pitch', which offers riders the chance to win investment into their business ideas by pitching to a panel of investors, Dragon's Den style.

Through a dedicated website branded the 'Deliveroo Academy', Deliveroo will offer:

  • 'The Big Pitch'

Deliveroo riders will be given the opportunity for some of the world's leading investors to invest in their business idea. Riders will be invited to submit applications to participate, and Deliveroo will then shortlist 10 riders to take part in a one day workshop led by expert Deliveroo business mentors, who will give riders guidance about finance, building a brand, logistics and planning. This will help prepare the finalists for the 'Big Pitch', where riders will be able to pitch their ideas to world-leading investors.

  • Online learning to grow a business

Deliveroo is extending the support it offers for riders to start their own business though new, free, online learning courses. These courses include how to build a sales strategy, how to set up a business in the UK and learning some of the key traits that help start-ups and entrepreneurs to succeed.

  • Scholarships

From app development to product management, Deliveroo is funding 40 scholarships this year to accredited bachelor-level degree programmes from leading universities. In the UK 10 riders have already begun these courses in iOS development, front end development and Full stack Development. Participants include a Syrian rider who was unable to complete his studies following the outbreak of war, a Colchester-based rider hoping to develop an app for people with autism, and a self-taught coder hoping to join Deliveroo's growing tech team.

  • Online learning to develop 'soft skills'

Deliveroo is extending its online learning offer for riders to include soft skills, enabling riders to get a Certificate of Achievement they can use for future job applications if they seek employment in the future. These online soft skills will include job search strategy, support in developing a career plan, support in how to pick the right job, support in working autonomously and in preparing professional written documents, such as a CV. Deliveroo's partnership with OpenClassrooms which was launched last year focusing on tech and education skills has already seen over a 1,000 UK  riders complete online courses.

  • Apprenticeships

92% of apprentices said their career prospects had improved as a result of completing an apprenticeship. Deliveroo is helping riders to access apprenticeships in a range of areas including marketing, HR, web development or business management, as well as at Deliveroo's HQ in London. Deliveroo is also currently working with restaurant partners to create apprenticeships in restaurants.

  • Rider references

New employers sometimes ask for proof of someone's previous work. To help riders in this area, Deliveroo will now provide an 'information pack' for a new employer, which would include some details around a riders' work with Deliveroo, which can also be used when a rider rents or buys a new house, ensuring working in the on-demand economy is not a barrier to those seeking new opportunities.

Commenting, founder and CEO of Deliveroo, Will Shu who is attending 'Tech for Good' said:

"Riders work with Deliveroo because of the flexibility it gives them to fit work around their lives.

"We know that lots of riders want to create their own start-up and it's exciting to be able to help them along their journey. Many riders are also looking for the opportunity to study or learn new skills, so we're delighted to be able to offer a package of support from learning soft skills to setting up a business.

"Riders are at the heart of all we do and we are determined to back them whatever they want to do next".


Notes to Editors

  • Deliveroo is an award-winning delivery service founded in 2013 by William Shu and Greg Orlowski. Deliveroo works with over 80,000 best-loved restaurants and takeaways, as well as 60,000 riders to provide the best food delivery experience in the world.  Deliveroo is headquartered in London, with 2,500 employees in offices around the globe.
  • Deliveroo operates in over 500 towns and cities across 14 markets, including Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and the United Kingdom.
  • The 'Big Pitch' panel that riders will pitch to will include DST Global, Accel Ventures and Index Venture.
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