Student careers app Debut closes £1.7m in seed funding

Funding brings total investment to £2.2m and will grow company’s client roster that already includes EY, Microsoft and Barclays

Debut, the student recruitment app featured in Tech Pitch, has raised £1.7m of seed funding from LocalGlobe, Initial Capital, Entrée Capital and Indeed co-founder Paul Forster.

Launched by Charlie Taylor in 2015, Debut enables students and graduates to connect with major brands such as EY, Microsoft, Barclays, Capgemini, Rolls-Royce, L’Oréal UK & Ireland and General Electric, helping them to discover career opportunities.

Companies can use the ‘Talent Spot’ feature to invite prospective candidates to interviews or fast-track them to assessment centres. The app also provides mobile games designed in collaboration with employers to test particular skills and abilities.

The funding, which brings Debut’s total investment to £2.2m, will be used to expand the number of blue chip companies available through its platform and to improve student access to high-growth businesses.

Taylor said: “We are very proud to support students in such a critical moment in their lives. Students can often face barriers when it comes to accessing career opportunities – but Debut is breaking these down as all they require is a phone and our free app.

“We are thrilled to have such experienced investors onboard and have ambitious plans to develop the product, expand the team and grow both our user base and client roster.”

Dan Richards, recruiting leader at EY, commented: “We know mobiles are ubiquitous for students, so being able to reach them in a way that is familiar and convenient for them, is not only key to driving quality, but also engagement and our brand profile too.”


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