New Finnish startup Expo.jobs launched on Tuesday a global marketplace to connects businesses and professionals for trade show visits, promising to lower traveling, accommodation and exhibition costs by up to 80 percent.

“The market problem we wanted to solve is that visiting trade shows is important to companies looking for growth in international markets, but there are hundreds of events, they are far and companies lack resources and knowledge of local cultures. Furthermore, it is very expensive,” CEO and Founder of Expo.jobs, Heikki Sarajärvi, said in a statement. outlines

Businesses can use the platform to hire a local independent contractor to visit a trade show and generate leads. The contractors can sell products, create contacts, promote a company or analyse competition. The offer surely lower the barrier to participate, removing the cost of sending own staff. “Companies save time and their own resources,” the firm said.

Companies choose the event, post a project and wait for bids, or search Expo.jobs database for a right professional. Consultants and business professionals can search the projects and make offers. When there is a match, project details are agreed and work can start.

Expo.jobs launched with trade shows from 160 countries, on which companies can post projects and contractors can make bids. On Tuesday evening one could find the first two projects on the platform.