Six Companies to Compete in Recruiting Innovation Summit Startup Competition Next Month

Recruiting Innovation SummitAt next month’s Recruiting Innovation Summit, the newly introduced startup competition will feature six companies who are on the cutting edge of recruiting technology. All will be in line for the $10,000 grand prize and, maybe more importantly, a chance to network with recruiting pros and show what they’ve been working on in a demo format. If you are interested in the next generation of recruiting technology, you’ll want to make your way to the Computer History Museum on May 17 and 18 in Mountain View, California, to see what these six companies are doing.

Competition was fierce. With almost 50 companies applying for spots in the competition, we knew it would be tough to decide on who would make the competition. We selected the six companies that we thought best represented some of the most exciting developments in recruiting technology. All of them will be demoing their products live during the Recruiting Innovation Summit and answering questions from our panel of judges (including recruiting expert Jason Warner from Recruiting Toolbox and HR technologist Steve Boese from Oracle) as well as from those in attendance.

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In alphabetical order, here are the companies that will be competing in our first-ever startup competition and some of the vision they hope to share with attendees in their own words:

  • GooodJob — According to its founders, “GooodJob’s Employee Referral Management Platform enables companies to easily motivate participation whilst leveraging employees’ social media networks to reach top talent.”
  • Lab of Apps — The Next Step product from Lab of Apps is “built to answer to the shifting needs of recruitment industry through mobile accessibility.”
  • Mystery Applicant – The founders say Mystery Applicant “analyzes applicant feedback throughout the recruitment process and works in real time and provides employers with a wealth of data and insights to help them drive best practice.”
  • Ongig — “Transparency and communication are the building blocks of Ongig,” say their founders. They feel they are “successfully removing the barriers in online communication between employers and candidates.”
  • TraitPerception — According to its founders, “We rank people’s traits and reputation to create a global ranking based on a single standard, using the knowledge of the crowds and social capital networks.”
  • Venturocket — “Venturocket is like Google AdWords for jobs and talent,” says their founders. “It’s a marketplace where jobseekers bid on their skills to verify their experience.”

We hope you can join us May 17 and 18 for the Recruiting Innovation Summit — not just for the startup competition, but also for the great content and networking opportunities that come with the event.

Lance Haun is the practice director of strategy and insights for The Starr Conspiracy, where he focuses on researching and writing about work technology. He is also a former editor for ERE Media, broadly covering the world of human resources, recruiting, and sourcing. 
He has been featured as a work expert in publications like the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, MSNBC, Fast Company, and other HR and business websites.
He's based in his Vancouver, Wash., home office with his wife and adorable daughter. You can reach him by email or find him off-topic on Twitter.