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CROWDCONSULTANTS 360 GmbH - Company of the Year

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Company: CROWDCONSULTANTS 360 GmbH, Berlin, Germany
Company Description: CROWDCONSULTANTS 360 GmbH, founded in summer 2016 in Berlin, is a trendsetter in consulting 4.0 based on crowdsourcing of skills and experiences, consistent digitization and sharing economy principles. Clients value the agility and cross-generational teaming of former top-executives and digital natives for cross-industry and -functional advisory, interim management, executive search and staffing.
Nomination Category: Company / Organization Categories
Nomination Sub Category: Company of the Year - Business or Professional Services - Small

Nomination Title: CROWDCONSULTANTS 360 GmbH

Tell the story about what this nominated organization has achieved since 1 January 2017 (up to 650 words). Focus on specific accomplishments, and relate these accomplishments to past performance or industry norms.

A. Initial Situation and Ambition

CROWDCONSULTANTS was founded in summer 2016 by 2 Digital Natives and 2 former Top Executives who knew each other from joint engagements. We felt that the potentials of digitization and the growing market of highly qualified freelancers offers opportunities for Consulting 4.0 - more agile, more sustainable and at more attractive conditions for customers and employees than traditional consulting organizations investing in brick-and-mortar-infrastructure and a pool of permanent employees or the maintenance of a profile database.

Our ambition was to become a leader in consulting 4.0 with
-cross-industry and -functional range of advisory, executive search, interim management and staffing services provided by
-an intergenerational network of experts based on crowdsourcing and a digital, virtual infrastructure.

B. Strategy and Execution

To build CROWDCONSULTANTS we focused on the following 3 principles:

1) Teamwork of Digital Natives and former Top-Executives
We focus on building a stable network of entrepreneurs with skills and experiences business transformation and project management as intellectual backbone from primarily two groups:

-Young talents who have grown up with digital tools ("digital natives"), who appreciate steep learning curves from a broad variety of work content more than a stable career within one organization and understand "work-life-balance" as flexibility between intense work phases and longer breaks for travel or social or family commitment. They also highly appreciate the direct collaboration with experienced executives over working in larger teams with consultants of the same age.
-Former executives ("Best Agers") who only want to work part-time in their "second career" with less or no impact from corporate politics. They love to share their experiences as coaches/mentors with younger talents and welcome their support in using digital tools.

On our engagements we are forming teams from both generations (see enclosed ppt for case studies) to provide clients an ideal mix of industry, functional and digital experiences and skills at lower cost than traditional consulting, search and staffing organisations.

2) Crowdsourcing of relevant skills and experience as well as flexible working models

The CROWDCONSULTANTS resourcing team uses communities like Xing or LinkedIn as well as portals like freelance.de/com, Gulp or stepstone to identify suitable candidates on-demand for client engagements. Therefore, we don’t need to “sell” consultants from a costly permanent bench who often miss the ideal mix of skills and experiences for a specific job. This helps to increase client satisfaction and to offer success-based fees.

To increase our range of potential experts beyond traditional consulting companies, we offer free choice from a broad range of working models, e.g. permanent or temporary employment and freelancing, home offices, flexible working hours and time banking for sabbaticals. This also supports the satisfaction of our consultants leading to growing referrals as well as favourable ratings on KUNUNU and glassdoor.

3) Virtual infrastructure based on consistent digitisation and sharing-economy principles

CROWDCONSULTANTS relies on a digital, ISO 9001-certified, cloud-based infrastructure, geared towards location-independent scalability and maintenance. All digital applications (SaaS-based and proprietary developments)are integrated via technology-independent interfaces. By utilising sharing economy principles, e.g. the booking of meeting rooms via apps for workspace-sharing, we have established a virtual physical infrastructure without investments in fixed assets. Even the official company address is only a flexible service for scanning incoming mail and on-demand team meetings.

This approach promotes agility and sustainability as well as attractive conditions for customers and employees.

In bullet-list form, briefly summarize up to ten (10) of the chief accomplishments of this organization since the beginning of 2017 (up to 150 words).

Major Results since early 2017

-Funding by bootstrapping from cash flow;
-Established a fully functionable, cost-efficient cloud-based digital infrastructure for advisory, interim management, executive search and staffing engagements;
-Turnover > € 1 million = 100+% growth in year 1 with triple-digit return on investment;
-30 engagements with various start-ups and renown clients like Audi, BorgWarner, ESA (winner of framework contract as youngest company), ING Bank, Knauf and Koenig und Bauer;
-5 star-ratings at KUNUNU and Glassdoor by employees and freelancers;
-ISO 9001 certification as one of the youngest companies ever in Germany;
-Grand Stevie Award as company of the year and 10 golden German Stevie Awards 2018.

Of the following measures of success, which ONE do you want the judges to most appreciate about your organization's story of achievement since the beginning of 2017? Fast Growth