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Startup Spotlight: CaHill Tech meets the needs of the next generation of construction workers through the app

Growing up, Carly Hill spent summers working for her family’s construction company in western New York.

Now, she has taken the knowledge gained from her family business and created her own business, CaHill Tech. With its award-winning aQuiRe app, CaHill Tech focuses on training the next generation of construction workers in a way they are already familiar with – by watching videos on their phones.

Training for frontline workers

After studying fine arts in college, working in the general art industry and working in the film industry, Hill moved back to Buffalo 10 years ago and went back to work for her family’s construction company.

During that time, she worked for some national construction boards and saw the same problem pop up over and over again: builders were struggling to attract and train the next generation of workers while the baby boomers were retiring.

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The aQuiRe app contains thousands of safety and training videos, everything from how to properly read a tape measure to how to pour concrete. The videos are shot on the job sites and show workers with years of experience sharing their knowledge with the next generation.

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CEO Carly Hill in her office presents the main screen of the application. CaHill Tech is a local company that has an app called aQuiRe, which construction companies use to help train workers and improve safety. This was at the main office on Main Street in Clarence on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

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“This is designed for frontline workers,” Hill said. “It’s designed for someone in the field, greasy gloves, hard hat, muddy boots.”

The app has 400 modules with thousands of resources to go along with the modules, and new modules are added regularly, Hill said. The CaHill Tech team is working on adding training on solar panel installation and can create custom content for businesses.

Hill said about 4,000 employees from 40 companies across the Northeast use the app, including Harrison and Burrowes, a family-owned bridge builder near Albany.

It’s easy to use. It’s easy to use,” said Chris Distefano, director of operations at Harrison and Burrowes. “It’s a great activation for some of the older players who kind of think they know it all and feel a bit self-satisfied. It’s great for new players who haven’t really learned what to do yet.”

Making the construction trade available

She said Hill plans to grow her company of seven employees, particularly in the sales and customer success aspects. The Clarence-based company is in the process of raising $800,000 from investors.

To further develop CaHill Tech, Hill wants to make the aQuiRe app as accessible as possible.

It is working on a potential partnership with BOCES to make the application more accessible to students. It also wants to target and empower military veterans and people who were previously incarcerated.

“We’re really trying to democratize access to these character-based skills by putting them into a form that anyone who has the drive and motivation to be a part of has access to,” Hill said.

The CaHill Tech team is also working to translate the content of the aQuiRe app into Spanish, which Hill believes will open a global opportunity for the company to expand outside the United States.

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