OK so spoiler alert they’re not actually really my babies, but I feel like a really proud parent after attending HR Tech World in Amsterdam this week. This year saw the transition of a number of our HR Tech World Startup zone (formerly known as disruptHR) companies as they move up from primary school to secondary school (OK, the product demo area) and some even to graduation (OK, so the main exhibition floor).
I’ve been emcee for the last 3 competitions and been the lead blogger on this zone since 2015, which involves interviewing each of the finalists and runners-up and writing articles for each of them to assist them in raising their profile as part of the startup programme. This provides a great opportunity to really get a pulse of the latest tech space innovation and dig deeper on technology that could truly provide alternative, agile approaches to clients.
The Startup zone has helped many new innovative techs go further and quicker than they would do alone. They get feedback, mentorship and join a community that wants to progress the industry (read Marc Coleman’s blog) so I want to highlight a few of them here that have been through some great growth and suggest some others to watch. Obviously, these are not my favourites (as no parent has favourites right!), just ones that specifically spring to mind as a result of the latest event, starting with those that have joined the big players on the exhibition floor.
Then the one’s I am looking at to shine further in 2018 include:
With the launch of UNLEASH and a continued focus on the Startup zone I think we can all expect some exciting updates for 2018 from the event team: more innovation, and more new companies coming through the UNLEASH experience.
I, in turn will continue to be the proud parent supporting the programme, and of course the startups themselves.