Backyard gig

University of Delaware sophomores Shahroze Ali and Shaun Gupta founded Backyard Gig, which connects students with Newark residents for task-based work.

Need help with housework, an extra pair of hands during a move or some one-off development for your small business? University of Delaware sophomores Shaun Gupta and Shahroze Ali have the answer — an online platform they created called Backyard Gig.

Gupta, a computer science major, explained that the idea for Backyard Gig came to him last fall. During his first semester at UD, he took an entrepreneurship class in which the professor encouraged students to keep a notebook handy and write down social problems they observed around them.

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