SwiftScale Selections— a monthly feature of 5 fast-growth startups doing good stuff in a particular vertical.

Last month we explored exciting data companies. This month, we’re focussing on talent acquisition…

The 5 scaleups we’ve chosen are reducing hiring bias, levelling the playing field for candidates, engaging passive candidates and making the recruitment process more accessible and efficient.


Beamery — Treat candidates like customers

UK-based, 2014 founded, $35.0m raised, 100 employees


Where’s the good stuff?

Raised a booming $28M Series B led by EQT back in June, featured in LinkedIn’s Top 25 UK Startups of 2018, and trusted clients include Facebook, Continental, Grab and Balfour Beatty.

What do they do?

Beamery helps companies attract, identify and engage with candidates on one unified platform to deliver better talent acquisition at scale.

Their Talent CRM lets companies engage with passive candidates long before they apply and provides the modern enterprise a connected solution for the entire candidate journey.



Workable — Find, track and hire talent

US-based, 2012 founded, $84.2m raised, 250 employees


Where’s the good stuff?

Landed a $50m Series C last month which was led by Zouk capital with participation from existing investors 83North, Notion and Balderton Capital and they’ve now have helped more than 6,000 companies in 100 countries streamline their hiring process.

What do they do?

Workable combines corporate hiring data and personal data vacuumed from online sources. Predictive algorithms recommend candidates that seem like a good fit for a particular position. The software helps small recruiting teams broaden their pool of candidates while still spending most of their time on the “actual human decisions” of the hiring process.



Mya Systems — The leading conversational AI platform for hiring teams

US-based, 2012 founded, $32.4m raised, 65 employees


Where’s the good stuff?

Have now signed up 4 of the largest global recruiting agencies, 15 of the Fortune 100 and 40 of the Fortune 500. Garnered industry recognition and awards from CB Insight’s AI 100Bersin by Deloitte’s 2017 Disruptions Report and Recruiter.com’s Top 10 Recruiting Tools, amongst others.

What do they do?

Mya’s technology engages with candidates from both internal and external sources, and through conversation is able to match them to relevant job opportunities, or schedule them into the calendar for an interview.

Their new automated candidate sourcing technology delivers 45% response rates which is 10x greater than traditional manual approaches. This enables recruitment teams to spend their time placing hires rather than spending countless hours searching for profiles and sending cold emails to passive leads.



Seedlink — AI-enhanced recruiting; Predictive. Efficient. Unbiased.

Netherlands-based, 2013 founded, undisclosed, 50 employees


Where’s the good stuff?

Existing clients include L’Oréal, Coca-Cola and Li & Fung and they were awarded first place at the International Women’s Venture Day in 2016.

What do they do?

Seedlink specialises in artificial intelligence which predicts human behaviour, personality, and skills using natural language. Organisations benefit from cost reduction and business performance improvements by applying Seedlink in various applications relating to ‘people decisions’ like recruiting and sales performance.



Arctic Shores — People insights from game technology

UK-based, 2013 founded, $2.6m raised, 45 employees


Where’s the good stuff?

Featured in the Guardian as the startup helping to create a diverse workforce, their clients include Siemens, Cisco, Vodafone, Citi and KPMG and they also won the ‘Design in Innovation’ award back at Innovate 2015.

What do they do?

Arctic Shores are a global provider of game-based psychometric assessments that deliver meaningful, job-relevant insights about potential hires.

They generate a rich and behavioural-based data set enabling employers to differentiate their hiring process, engage prospective talent, make fair and objective selections and raise brand awareness.