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For the first time ever, UNLEASH’s famous startup competition is going digital.
The most innovative HR tech startups from across the globe have been battling behind the scenes to see if they can get to the finale of the UNLEASH Digital Startup Competition.
The competition was fierce, but only four could be selected by our panel of expert judges to make it to the final.
The four finalists that made it through will deliver a live pitch, in a brand new digital format, on Friday 15 September 15:00 CET. We would love to invite you to sign up to watch them pitch LIVE!
UNLEASH is thrilled to be exclusively sharing the four finalists in our first ever Digital Startup Competition today!
Who are the UNLEASH Digital Startup Competition finalists?
Backed by the SHRM, Confirm injects science into talent management.
Confirm leverages organizational network analysis to give leaders clear visibility over employee engagement and performance, thereby ensuring that all decision-making is data-led.
Businesses like Niantic Labs and Canada Goose already rely on Confirm to drive truly science-backed, bias-free decisions on employee development, promotion and retention.
Siit is on a mission to reinvent the employer help desk.
Powered by AI, Siit is building a more modern, user friendly ticketing system for HR, IT and Ops.
Seamlessly integrated into tools like Slack and Microsoft Teams, Siit’s personalized responses aim to to upgrade the employee-employer relationships, and really drive top notch employee engagement.
In just two years, Siit has already earned the trust of companies such as Aircall, Deel, Gorgias, and Zenchef.
Workelo, a French all-in-one employee engagement platform, has an impressive roster of over 210 customers – EDF, Veolia, SNCF and Mazars are standout examples.
These brands trust Workelo to support them in driving great employee experience throughout the entire employee lifecycle, from arrival to departure.
The tool creates easy to use workflows for HR and people managers; this not only helps them spot disengagement and attrition challenges early on, but frees them up to focus on building deep, human relationships with their teams.
Planning for the future is a huge challenge for employers everywhere – they need better visibility over their workforce and skills needs now, and over the long-term.
Albert is on a mission to help with its tech-powered strategic workforce planning – 500,000 jobs I companies like Thales, Engie, Danone and BNP Paribas have already been impacted by Albert since it was founded in 2018.
The tool it ensures HR, finance and executives are on the same page when it comes to people planning and analytics. It provides intuitive insights, and claims to make other planning tools look boring and outdated.
Next steps for the Digital Startup Competition finalists
These four finalists will now battle it out on 15 September; you can watch their pitches LIVE – please sign up to watch here!
The winner will receive a free startup stand for UNLEASH World 2024 or UNLEASH America 2024; the three runners up will receive two tickets each to attend UNLEASH World in Paris this October.
And the winner will also take the fifth and final spot in the finale of our UNLEASH World Startup Award – the full list of five finalists will be announced on 29 September, and the final will be happening on site in the Paris Expo Center on 17 October!
Of course, it’s not too late to grab your tickets for UNLEASH World 2023 – and join us not only for the Startup Award finale, but also a whole host of fantastic sessions and keynotes on the future of HR.
Meet the judges
Of course, would be no Digital Startup Competition without our panel of esteemed judges, and the session moderator.
UNLEASH is thrilled that Chris Long, founder of Elev8 will be the Digital Startup Competition’s first ever moderator.
Long is a progressive and forward-thinking solution-seeker, leveraging innovative techniques and modern perspectives to drive meaningful change in the HR tech space. His strategic thinking, creative approach and deep business knowledge makes him the perfect fit to moderate our Digital Startup Competition.
Moving on to our judging panel, we are thrilled to welcome six esteemed startup and HR tech experts.
Igor Ryanbenkiy is the founder and managing partner at Altair Capital, a global early-stage venture investment company. He has been instrumental in the growth of three HR tech unicorns – Deel, Miro and Turing – and can share insights into their secrets to success, and how other startups can follow in their footsteps.
Sadie Bell, VP of innovation & deployment at Hewlett Packard Enterprises, is a trailblazer in the world of tech and innovation. With her ability to spot opportunities and drive transformative change, Sadie is a leading HR practitioner whose expertise will be highly valued on judging panel.
Daniel Callaghan is a managing partner at Workplace Accelerator, a leading program specifically for HR tech pre-seed and seed stage ventures. He is going to bring that expertise – there are 16 startups in the accelerator – as well as his experience working within a HR tech company called Veremark, a pre-employment screening platform for fast-growing businesses, to the Digital Startup Competition.
Soyoung Jun, research fellow at mySUNI, will be bringing her AI and data expertise to the panel. As a highly experienced HRBP, she can also share the HR end-user viewpoint, and make sure that the finalists are really playing to the pain that HR leaders are experiencing.
Daniel Hardoon is the founder of The Startup CMO and an angel investor with Hardoon Venture Partners. Over his esteemed career in investment, he has worked with over 35 early-stage startups and helped them achieve Series A financing – his insights on securing funding will be invaluable to all of the Digital Competition finalists.
Charlotte Farrell, is the founder and CEO of Hello Chief, and she brings 15 years of experience in supporting entrepreneurs, and scaling up businesses. She is passionate about helping build the future of people strategy, and will provide the finalists with vital insight into how to grow their businesses sustainably and efficiently.
We wish all the startups in the Digital Startup Competition the best of luck for their live pitch on the Friday 15 September – and we can’t wait to see the winner on Day One of UNLEASH World, 17 October!
UNLEASH Startups have collectively raised more than a whopping $10 billion; click here to learn more or to participate.
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