July 27, 2023

Paro, a Chicago-based startup disrupting the way companies access on-demand finance and accounting expertise, today announced it has been named to Chicago Inno’s 2023 Fire Awards, which recognizes the 50 innovators, change makers, and disruptors driving innovation in Chicago’s tech scene. Nominated in the “helper” category, Paro was recognized for its accomplishments in helping businesses grow through its proprietary, AI-powered platform that matches freelance experts with the best-fit opportunities for their skills. For businesses, Paro’s platform is 20 times more efficient than traditional recruiting.

“We are incredibly honored to be recognized by Chicago Inno. It’s been an exciting year for us at Paro so far,” said Anita Samojednik, CEO of Paro. “With our recent Series C funding, we’ve capitalized on our strong momentum and now we’re focused on further developing our platform to support experts and working with more enterprise clients looking for the highest quality finance talent.”

Paro’s innovative platform enables companies to quickly access top-tier finance and accounting talent, providing them with the skills, agility, and flexibility needed to navigate the ever-evolving business landscape. By leveraging technology and a vast network of specialized professionals, Paro streamlines financial processes, enhances efficiency, and drives sustainable growth for its clients.

Paro is coming off a recent $25M funding round, and is focused on continued support of its clients while also onboarding more enterprises in need of strategic finance and accounting solutions. Founded with the goal of helping business professionals pursue meaningful work on their own terms, Paro is also using the funds to scale its product innovation, including enhancements to its AI-powered suite of tools that helps experts optimize their earnings and business outcomes.

The Fire Awards recognize outstanding startups, investors, and innovation hubs that are making significant contributions to the city’s thriving tech landscape. The list of 50 Chicago businesses highlights the fast-growing, game-changing companies and organizations that have recently captured attention, whether through funding achievements or support for Chicago’s tech community during challenging times.

Chicago Inno will reveal the Blazer winners, the top firms from each category, as decided by a panel of judges, later this year.

About Paro

Paro is an AI-powered marketplace that delivers finance and accounting solutions to businesses through a combination of expert fractional talent, data-driven tools and guiding insights. By harnessing the power of people and technology, our growth platform provides flexible options, ranging from transaction processing support to corporate development and financing strategy, to solve core business challenges and drive growth. The result enables businesses and experts to go beyond even their loftiest goals. Learn more at paro.ai.