Communitech launches service to help startups with international hiring

Kitchener-based innovation hub Communitech is launching a new service to help Canadian companies hire international sales employees and accelerate growth in global markets.

“Communitech Outposts offers an unprecedented level of support to Canadian companies looking to do business internationally,” said Iain Klugman, the CEO of Communitech. “We are proud to be able to give scaling customers peace of mind so they can focus in new markets on talent acquisition and revenue growth.”

“Communitech Outposts offers an unprecedented level of support to Canadian companies looking to do business internationally.”

Announced Thursday at the company’s annual general meeting, Communitech Outposts grew out of an idea from Dave Caputo, a member of Communitech’s board of directors. Through his previous leadership of Waterloo-based companies PixStream and Sandvine, Caputo gained first-hand experience growing global tech companies and the headaches that accompany international employment.

PixStream was able to quickly expand internationally by tapping into the help of a major investor, who had offices around the world that could handle hiring for them. Sandvine did not have such access and had to handle international hiring on its own, resulting in long delays and complications.

“Having a trusted partner who can handle the back-office headaches of international personnel is a huge time and cost saver,” Caputo said. “Communitech Outposts will save companies at least nine months in set-up time while lowering the risks associated with managing employment in foreign countries.”

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Canadian growth firms looking to do business across borders can use Communitech Outposts to manage all aspects of employing people in international jurisdictions, including payroll, benefits, and statutory filings. By establishing and registering legal entities in other countries, Communitech can employ people selected by participating Canadian companies, enabling them to enter new markets with minimal regulatory risk.

Through partnerships with business development organizations across the country, Communitech Outposts will offer customers preferred access to incentive grant and loan programs to further facilitate international expansion plans.

At launch, Communitech Outposts will be available in markets throughout the US as well as the UK. By the end of 2020, Communitech hopes to have established entities in all countries within the G7.

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