Recruitment startup Shortlist raises $1 Mn in seed funding from University Ventures and others

Mumbai-based recruitment tech-startup, Shortlist has raised $1 million in a seed investment from US-based venture capital firm University Ventures, Impact investment firm ImpactAssets, US-based Bodley Group, Kenya-based seed fund Zephyr Acorn, Samir Shah of Sattva Capital and several other investors from both, India and the US.

Shortlist was launched by Simon Desjardins, Paul Breloff, and Matt Schnuck in early 2016 in India and mid of the year in Kenya. It helps companies in India and East Africa hire for early and mid-career roles based on demonstrated potential and skill, rather than pedigree.

What makes Shortlist stand out from the rest, is its state-of-the-art technology, which helps in creating a single application flow to engage candidates across a firm’s sourcing channels, including third-­party recruiters, job boards and referral programmes.

With India and Africa as its target market, startup operates from offices in Mumbai, Hyderabad and Nairobi with a team of 40., Shortlist lends a helping hand to companies in India and East Africa hire for early and mid-career roles based on skills and potential. The firm has over 80 high profile clients. Some popular ones includes Xynteo, Ather Energy, M-KOPA and MicroEnsure.

Commenting on the investment raised, Paul Breloff, co-founder and CEO of Shortlist said, “Both job seekers and employers deserve a better way to find each other and gauge fit. We are thrilled to have a group of investors who share our desire to fix the broken talent marketplace, and believe the mix of expertise across India, East Africa and the US will add strategic value as we build on our early traction.”

Shortlist will utilise the fresh funds for further enhancing its data-driven talent screening product which automates the process of vetting applicants’ profiles using online competency-based assessments.