See 19 HR Technology Innovators in UNLEASH World Startup Awards

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The UNLEASH Startup Award is going to be bigger than ever this year. To ensure our attendees get to sample the best and brightest solving some of HR's most pressing problem areas, UNLEASH is bringing you five competitions so we can cover the most ground possible.


For 2019, 19 startups will pitch their products across several tracks in Paris this month. The tournaments: Talent AcquisitionLearning & Development, and Employee Experience & Engagement startups will get their own competitions to battle it out for bragging rights as the hottest solution in their space, and our fourth, Wildcard battlefield will ensure all solutions get their say.


The winner of each group will proceed to the Main Stage on Day 2 to compete against one another and joining them is the Lightning Round winner from UNLEASH America 2019. These five will compete for the ultimate prize: a gold-level sponsorship package worth €24,000, and of course, the UNLEASH Startup Award crown. 


Follow #UNLEASH19 to find out who the winners are!




11:15-12:05 Employee Experience & Engagement Battlefield

Location: Startup Stage (Expo Hall)

Judges: Johnny Sanchez (Global Talent Operations, Netflix); Beatriz Jaén Caparrós (Head of Global HR Applications, Telefonica); Garima Sharma (Head of Global HR IT, DB Schenker); Laura Schroeder (Co-Founder & Analyst, Red Rocks Impact)


Meet the Finalists:

  • Niikiis - Communication and learning platform to drive workforce productivity and engagement: simple, fast, effective.
  • Shortways - Shortways Assistant accelerates user adoption of your HR system. It guides end-users step-by-step and provides contextual training or FAQ.
  • Zest - Boost employee engagement and collective performance in real-time with Zest, the HR app that helps you unleash the potential of your teams.
  • Mailoop - Make emails and meetings great again!
  • WITTYFIT - WITTYFIT is an innovative data science-based platform that helps you improve employee engagement and drive real change. Future is live.

14:15-14:55 Learning & Development Battlefield

Location: Learning & Development Breakout

Peter Fox (Global Head of Digital Learning and Talent Technology, Citi); Matthias Reuter (Global Head of Siemens Leadership Excellence, Siemens); China Gorman (Managing Director - America, UNLEASH)


Meet the Finalists:

  • CoachHub - Explore the greater you with the only digital coaching provider that offers holistic people development to companies around the globe.
  • Leapsome - The Leapsome People Enablement Suite covers personalized learning, instant feedback, 360° reviews, pulse surveys, and goal/OKR tracking.
  • MoovOne - MoovOne offers a digital coaching solution designed to help every manager unleash their potential.
  • Sparkus - Digital Coaching Combined with a Human Touch.

14:15-14:55 Talent Acquisition Battlefield

Location: iRecruit Breakout

Judges: Matt Charney (Chief Content Officer, Allegis Global Solutions); Chris Long (Organisation Strategy Manager, Transport for NSW); Angie Verros (Founder & CEO, Vaia Talent); Alan Walker (CEO & Founder, Udder)


Meet the Finalists:

  • Bruce - Bruce makes on-demand staffing easy, providing equal job access and simplifying the recruitment process for businesses of all kinds.
  • Goshaba - Goshaba is a screening technology that measures a candidate's soft and hard skills via cognitive science-based video games.
  • JOBSyncJobSync is the leader in Job Distribution 2.0, syncing both jobs and applications between major Job Sites and Social Media platforms such as Indeed, Neuvoo, and Facebook with leading ATSs such as Taleo, SuccessFactors, and Greenhouse.
  • RECii - RECii takes care of repetitive and time-consuming recruitment processes, so your team can focus on what they’re best at - building relationships and closing deals.

14:30-15:25 Wildcard Battlefield

Location: Startup Stage (Expo Hall)

Devyani Vaishampayan (Managing Partner, HR Tech Partnership); Burak Bakkaloglu (Head of HR - Northern & Central Europe, Ericsson); George LaRocque (Founder & Principal Analyst, HRWins); Andrew Spence (HR Transformation Director, Glass Bead Consulting)


Meet the Finalists:

  • BondWeaver - BondWeaver's AI-based workforce analytics tools help companies to increase efficiency and reduce employee attrition and operational costs.
  • - SaaS solution to manage skills data. Create job repositories, map the skills of your employees and translate training content into skills.
  • Humdex -

Know your talent gap
Understand the external talent market

Define SWFP & HR Strategy
Optimize resources & investment
Save time & money

  • LutherOne - People potential & performance platform that combines people & data science with cutting edge technology.
  • PaddleHR - Paddle HR is an internal mobility software solution provider that helps large companies reduce employee attrition and drive career growth.
  • PeopleSpheres - PeopleSpheres, the 1st Core HR enabling professionals to create their own HRIS by connecting all HR software they need, from 20K pieces of software.


Day 2, October 23

9:30-10:30 Startup Award Grand Finale

Location: Main Stage

Jason Corsello (Founder, The Acadian Company); Yvette Cameron (Founder and Principal Analyst, NextGen Insights); Aitor Maguna (CHRO, World Food Programme); Wendy van Ierschot (Founder & CEO, VIE People); Mike Ettling (CEO, Unit4); Sabine Gori (VP of Digital Learning , Credit Suisse); Bill Boorman (Founder, tru); Lori Jenson (VP Global HR Services, DB Schenker)


Lightning Round Winner from UNLEASH America 2019:

  • Talent Alpha - Talent Alpha is a B2B Platform that provides tech talents on demand. It connects clients with Software Houses, offering Talent-as-a-Service.


Remember, keep your eyes on #UNLEASH19 to find out who will make it to the finale!


At UNLEASH World we will present over 100 startups. Visit our Startup page to find out more

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