Tech Pitch: Zealify

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Company name: Zealify
Founders: Lauren Hine (25). Andy Parker (24)
Background: UEA – Norwich Business School Alumni. Previously founded crowdfunding platform Incredibli.
Based in: Shoreditch, London

Very simply, what does your tech start-up do?

  • Zealify showcases the culture, work environment and career opportunities in exciting high-growth, start-ups and small and medium-sized companies.
  • The platform helps companies build an exceptional employer brand. Company profiles on Zealify include photos of their office, videos of their employees and detailed information about what it’s like to work at the company.
  • We help job applicants discover exciting companies and learn everything they need to know to work out if they’re a good fit for a company and role.

Tell us why there’s a need – what do you disrupt?

For growing companies, the ability to attract, hire and retain talent is one of their biggest challenges. This starts with having a compelling employer brand which consists of being visible and attractive to potential applicants in order to build a talent pipeline overtime. Zealify helps companies provide communicate why they’re a unique and great place to work.

Moreover, job searchers are realising the importance of joining a company where they believe in the vision and mission. Our site helps people to discover great companies and provides a transparent look inside.

Are you funded?

We raised our first funding from experienced recruitment entrepreneurs and Nick Wheeler; the founder of Charles Tyrwhitt. We are raising more investment later this year.

What were you doing before starting?

Prior to Zealify we were working on our first start-up Incredibli, which we started straight after graduation from university. Incredibli was a group-funding platform, facilitating the organisation and collection of payments for group activities. Having worked on it for close to a year we realised it wasn’t viable and, more importantly, we just weren’t that passionate about it.

During that time, we had built up a huge network and knowledge about exciting small and medium busiensses and start-ups that were hiring, but most people just had no idea these companies existed. We thought back to when we founded and ran a society in the Business School together at university and company founders who visited as guest speakers would ask us for recommendations to the talented students. This information gap between talent and employers is what sparked the idea for Zealify.

What’s the best thing about where you’re based?

Being based in Shoreditch gives us access to everything a start-up needs; access to customers, investors, mentors and talent. More specifically, we’re based in Accelerator London which is a great community of start-ups in one building.

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