Skilled, Diverse,

Ready to Work.

We help companies scale technology sales teams and diversify their workforce.

About Us

Upriver Solutions is an upskilling, placement and retention support company that aspires to dramatically transform the workforce of the future by providing highly skilled  diverse candidates to the tech industry. Our mission is to source, mobilize and train underutilized human capital and redeploy this talent in growing industries, in an increasingly knowledge-based economy. Central to our mission is partnering with tech companies that share our commitment to building and maintaining a truly diverse workforce. 

Our primary goal is to identify, recruit and train diverse candidates from disadvantaged backgrounds for business-oriented, entry-level roles in the booming tech sector. We focus on the “business of tech” (sales, customer success, operations) versus the “science of tech” (coding, engineering, product). The economic fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with an incredible opportunity to retrain and upskill large numbers of unemployed Americans from hard-hit industries like hospitality, retail and entertainment. With our help, these individuals can transition to business careers in the tech industry in roles where they are likely to succeed.

6%

% of FAANG workforce - Black/ US population - 14%

7%

% of FAANG workforce - Latinx/ US population - 18.5%

37.8%

% of FAANG workforce - Women/ US population - 51%

The founders and advisors of Upriver Solutions are seasoned sales professionals with over fifty years of combined media and technology sales experience. We are excited to share our passion for sales and our commitment to increasing diversity with our partner companies. 

Services

Upriver Solutions helps tech companies solve a number of challenging staffing needs by providing well-trained, entry level, diverse candidates for hire in sales and customer success roles. We provide a complete and rigorous recruiting experience for our partners that includes identifying and recruiting talented individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds; providing best-in-class sales training through our sales bootcamp, Skillz Academy; matching partner companies with qualified candidates via our proprietary online platform; and helping partners reduce attrition by supporting our graduates through their first year of work.

Here's how it works.

1

Connect

Through our onboarding process, we develop a true understanding of your company, its culture, and your specific staffing needs. We strive to build relationships with company partners that are committed to creating fair and meritocratic work environments where diverse candidates can thrive while delivering exceptional financial and business results to their employers.

2

Commit

We commit to finding you high quality candidates to fill your sales, business development, and customer success roles. In exchange, you commit to providing our candidates a high quality work environment where they can earn a minimum annual salary of at least $40K per year plus commission and benefits for an average OTE of $50-60K per year.

3

Match

Upon entering an agreement with us, we will give you access to our proprietary online matching platform where you can view our database of rigorously vetted and trained candidates.  Our platform provides you with a deep dive into each candidate’s background via a comprehensive online portfolio that contains interviews, video observations, assessment scores, project work and certifications. Candidates and employers who select each other are then matched, and the chosen candidates enter your internal interview process.

4

Hire

Once you make an offer of employment to a candidate, we charge a modest placement fee for helping you source and hire an exceptional candidate. Once hired, we continue to support your new employee  by providing them with ongoing professional coaching from one of our  expert mentors. This ensures a seamless transition from our environment to yours and a greater likelihood of long-term, sustained success.

"Upriver makes it possible for innovative employers to tap into a pipeline of talented, diverse candidates that they have traditionally struggled to access and harness. I am excited about the work they are doing to connect employers to high quality candidates in New Orleans and look forward to them expanding their services to the rest of the country."
Sunae Villavaso
Director, Mayor's Office of Workforce Development, Office of Business and External Services (OBES)

Leadership Team

Advisory Team