People’s Champion finalist 2017: Debut

The London-based graduate recruitment app is competing to be this year’s Startups Awards People’s Champion. Does it get your vote?

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Start-up name: Debut
Founder: Charles Taylor, co-founder: Michele Trusolino
Started in: October 2015
Based in: London
Business description: Recruitment app for students and graduates

Shortlisted category:

App of the Year

The Debut story:

A tiresome and lengthy process, the old adage that it’s a full-time job looking for a job certainly rings true for so many graduates upon leaving university.

Between multiple interview stages, numerous unique covering letters and a myriad of online portals, it’s easy to be totally overwhelmed by the processing of finding that all important first job or internship.

Launched by founder Charlie Taylor and co-founder Michele Trusolino in 2015, recruitment app Debut provides an answer to this conundrum. The app helps students and graduates to connect with, and apply to, roles from major brands such as EY, Microsoft, Barclays, Capgemini, Rolls-Royce and L’Oréal – all in a streamlined application process.

Adding gamification to the job seeking process, users can play bespoke games and challenges to win a range of prizes such as mentoring, internships and interviews.

With its unique Talent Spot feature, students receive push notifications specifically tailored to their preferences almost immediately after signing up.

Since launch, Startups 100-listed Debut’s employers have sent over 950,000 talent spots an average of 10,000 a week.

Ending 2016 with over 40 multinational companies as clients, Debut has already set its sights on increase that number to 70.

Having raised £2.2m in seed funding via three different investment rounds and downloaded over 65,000 times in just over a year, will we see the recruitment app make its ‘debut’ as the Startups Awards People’s Champion 2017?

Why Debut made our shortlist:

Adding a much need element of fun and gamification to a very competitive industry, Debut is helping thousands of students get recognised in a crowded jobs market by some of the UK’s biggest corporates.

A tough sector to crack, the app’s impressive user number and client list makes it a worthy Startups Awards finalist.

Where to find out more about Debut:

Twitter: @DebutCareers

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