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Nairobi Based Recruitment Startup, Shortlist Secures US$2 Million Series A Funding

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Nairobi Based Recruitment Startup, Shortlist Secures US$2 Million Series A Funding

Shortlist, a recruitment startup, with operations in East Africa and India has secured US$2 million funding led by their long-term partner Blue Haven Initiative, with participation from Compass Venture Capital, existing investor Zephyr Acorn, and several others.

The startup which is based in Nairobi and Mumbai helps growing enterprises hire based on skills and potential, rather than pedigree through their platform which screens candidates using predictive chat-based interviews and online competency-based assessments, letting employers skips the most time-consuming and bias-prone phases of hiring. 

“This funding will allow us to build out our vision for how companies in Africa and India build their teams, grounded in the belief that potential and motivation matter more than a CV, and that both companies and job-seekers deserve better than the status quo.” Paul Breloff, Co-founder and CEO wrote in the company blog.

This round of funding brings the total amount raised to US$3 million since it was founded in 2016 by Matt Schnuck and Paul Breloff.

Read: 3 African Companies Secure US$600K Each After Winning The 2019 Zayed Sustainability Prize

“We’re building Shortlist to be a scalable way to collect signals that really matter, like demonstrated skills, interests, aspirations, work style preferences, and motivation — and use them to match the right job seeker with the right company at the right time.”

The startup has served more than more than 300 clients including M-Kopa, Twiga Foods, Jumia, etc, and more than 400,000 job seekers.

“But we’re just getting started. There’s so much more we want to build to get to know candidates better — their passions, personalities, and potential — and to use that data to find them jobs they love.”

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