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Unleash London 2018 – Who’s who and the ‘one’s to watch’

It’s time to turn our attention to the HR Tech industry and wait in anticipation for the fresh and innovative startup companies to show us their latest offerings at the UNLEASH Startup zone (previously HR Tech World Startup / disruptHR).

As you know, the competition entries have been judged, the points counted, and the verdict was announced on the event blog earlier this week. The 5 finalists for the UNLEASH Startup Award are Actiview, Coorpacademy, jobpal, RoboRecruiter, Vault, and this year a wildcard finalist Jenna AI.

I’m proud to have been involved in the startup extended team since 2015, participating in the March and October events as the selection judge, emcee of the startup stage and historically the zone blogger.

Having worked in the HR space for over a decade, I have reviewed hundreds (at least) of HR tech companies across the spectrum of HR,  and with this in mind, as well as sharing details of all the companies who have successfully made it to the startup stage, I am also sharing my own ‘ones-to-watch’ from this year’s London contenders.

Here are my top 5…


Actiview are revolutionising the recruitment process with their mixed-reality assessment solution, Assense™. People’s behavioural and cognitive profiles are important in predicting how they fit in companies, so much so that it needs to be captured even if applicant and employer cannot meet in reality. Assense™ bridges the gap as a mixed-reality platform, leveraging spatial data and deep-learning methodologies with neuroscientific research to unlock new predictive data streams.

Jenna AI

Jenna is an AI-driven SaaS solution, hence the company name. Jenna AI seeks to transform candidate screening by enabling recruiters to create their own smart and automated recruiter, which will ask the important questions, filter candidates and score them too. Jenna can also tap into new channels, such as direct messages, Facebook and LinkedIn Messaging for onboarding purposes, according to Jenna AI.


jobpal are looking to give job seekers a new way of applying for jobs that’s more intuitive and engaging, with a choice of interface. Building chatbots that automate communication between employers and candidates, jobpal relieves the burden of recruitment actions that don’t add value and chat means higher engagement with the talent pool too.


Recruitment is one area in which timing is key; it’s about finding the right talent at the right time. This, coupled with the increasing number of popular social channels and ways to reach candidates online, is the core of Talentwunder, a global talent search engine that helps recruiters and talent acquisition teams find great talent online.


A platform of online assessments and predicative HR-analytics, Zyvo uses machine learning to deliver adaptive personality surveys; no two candidates should get the same set of questions. Zyvo claims its average candidate predictability is 75%, while the average predictability of traditional job interviews is 20%, so it’s looking to revolutionise the world of recruitment.

The Who’s Who

In the startup zone you will see some familiar faces, and some new companies leveraging emerging trends. Here’s the line-up of companies presenting on the startup stage:

Actiview – Culture Fit

APPII – Career Management

biz.u – Predictive Analytics

Coorpacademy – L&D

Flapps – Time and Attendance

Jenna AI – Recruitment

jobpal – Recruitment

KnowledgeFlo – L&D, Decision Management, Talent Management, Feedback

Papaya Global – Global Workforce Management

Payslip – Payroll

People Platform – L&D

RoboRecruiter – Recruitment

Sparkus – L&D

Talentwunder – Recruitment

Vault – Internal reporting

Zyvo – Predictive Analytics

If you’re in London on 20th and 21st March, come and say hi to all of us on the startup stage!

By Faye Holland – if you’d like to meet at Unleash, or find out more  about our work with HR Technology clients, do get in touch.