Aston graduates establish talented online platform


29 September 2015

Creative Aston graduates have established a business that supports busy SMEs and entrepreneurs by outsourcing skilled UK university students.

International Business and Spanish graduates, Sam Wilson and Ellie Bekalo, launched Virtalent in 2014 and grafted the online platform into an international workforce.

Virtalent works by matching busy entrepreneurs and businesses with a talented, handpicked UK university student, who will act as their Virtual Assistant. Virtual Assistants are bright, university-educated professionals who offer a wide variety of skills, varying from graphic design to language translation skills, to help overworked SMEs.

On their experience at Aston, Sam Wilson, Co-Director of Virtalent, said: “Being based just outside the city centre of such a growing, entrepreneurial city is really exciting. Aston is a young and friendly campus, creating an environment which naturally leads to plenty of innovation and lots of new ideas being generated. Myself and Ellie both look back at our Aston memories with a great deal of fondness.”

The pair are looking to expand their company over the next few years, including targeting more clients abroad in Ireland and the US.

Sam and Ellie were supported in their venture by the Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network (BSEEN) programme. This is an innovative scheme offering an attractive package of intensive start up support for new projects.  The Aston University led projects is part-financed by the West Midlands European Regional Development Fund.

Based in Birmingham, the UK’s most entrepreneurial city outside of London, Virtalent have clients in the West Midlands, across the UK and also the US.

For more information about Virtalent, visit their website or contact directly via email,


For further media information, please contact Naheeda Akhtar, University Communications on 0121 204 5004