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How Kota helped Dogpatch Labs save hours/month on benefits headaches

Working with Kota has saved time across the board from a HR & finance perspective in terms of all of the research, getting set up, not having to go through a broker.

Aine Kavanagh

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Aine Kavanagh

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Dogpatch Labs is a startup and innovation hub located in the historic CHQ Building and in the heart of Dublin’s Digital Docklands.

Industry

Co-working

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50-100 employess

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Health

Pension

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The Dogpatch Labs story

Dogpatch Labs is a startup hub, located in the heart of Dublin’s Digital Docklands. By providing a platform for entrepreneurship and innovation, its mission is to accelerate the development of Ireland’s startup ecosystem. A team of 50 passionate “do-ers” who share a profound dedication not only to its mission, but also to one another.

So needless to say, this team is diverse, driven, and determined to deliver for their clients. Dogpatch is Ireland’s most connected startup and innovation hub. Recognised as one of the world’s top incubators, their core mission is to accelerate the development of Ireland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and ensure that great startups can start locally, but grow globally.

Community is at the heart of Dogpatch Labs ethos

When speaking with Jenny, a word that came up time and time again was: meaningful. Dogpatch truly live its own ethos, so while building a community for startups, the team knew how important it was to cultivate a positive & inclusive environment for their own team.

'What people love about working at Dogpatch rests is our culture, great people and everyone's 'give-back' mentality to help entrepreneurs wherever they need support to grow.'

So what could Dogpatch offer its employees that was meaningful? What felt important to people? While it also provides security for their team members, offering benefits acts as a marker for the team, a sense of achievement that they can provide more to their employees, having began their journey as a small startup just a few years ago.

'I think there's a general sense across the team that we feel really proud to have health insurance and pension benefits and to be able to offer it to employees. What makes these kota products most meaningful to our team is the fact that Kota were first our members, and now also our customers - and we truly feel proud to be investing into these startup products.'

The Kota moment

Dogpatch has seen what works, and what doesn't work for teams given its extensive involvement with over 500+ community members and multiple startup programme cohorts. It knows that investing in employees long term requires more than a short-term fix. People need to feel supported and able to do their job when they need to, without worrying about the 'what if's' of healthcare and the 'what next' of retirement funds.

'To ensure that employees feel valued, we create a space that is collaborative, that is inclusive, and where people feel they can bring themselves to work. But on top of that, we like to make sure that we have significant benefits now, like Kota, that make employees feel like they're invested for the long term.'

Giving staff members peace of mind is not only important personally, but it also allows people to bring their best self to work every day.

So.. what makes Kota different?

Managing hundreds of other companies whilst trying to scale within your own company is no easy feat. Along with the obvious expense of getting healthcare and pension set up for your team, time was a big blocker for Dogpatch Labs. So here's how we helped:

  • People Operations time

    By using Kota, Jennifer could set up her team for healthcare and retirement benefits within five minutes on our web app. We provided Jennifer with comms and support for the team so we can support and free up her much needed People Operations time for other duties.

  • Employee time

    Employees log onto a mobile app, and set up health and pension benefits within 5 minutes - without any employer involvement. With in-app support, you're never on your own trying to figure out benefits.

'What Kota has and what brokers do not have is less stress, less time and ease of setting up. Working with Kota has saved time across the board from a HR & finance perspective in terms of all of the research, getting set up, not having to go through a broker. It saved a lot of time for employees having to do their own research and making decisions around health insurance, but just kind of working through the app and getting that set up really simply.'

Having launched health benefits with Dogpatch, we're excited to continue supporting and working with Dogpatch - a company that supports startups from the ground up.

How do we want Kota to help you?

Just like how we work with Dogpatch Labs, we want to provide our customers with a service that just isn't out there right now. We want you to feel like you can provide healthcare and retirement products to your team at a fraction of the usual cost. We want you to feel like you can understand exactly what you're buying and what you're being charged so you can make the best decisions for your team. And finally we want you to feel like you have us to talk to at every step of the way - we're here to help and guide you through. Want to chat? Get in touch with us here.

Aine Kavanagh

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Aine Kavanagh

👋🏻 Hi I'm Aine, Head of Customer Success at Kota. Whether you're a Kota customer, a Kota user, or you're just browsing, I hope to help educate and empower those who want to know more about owning their own benefits, and building financial autonomy 📚

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