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Announcing the inaugural Recruitment Startup Of the Year competition for a grand prize of a media package valued at $30,000 including investor meetings and exposure in front of an audience of HR decision-makers and buyers.

Jacksons Point, Ontario, Canada ( Monday Mar 27, 2023 @ 8:00 AM EDT, the largest community of over 2 million human resources (HR) professionals, has announced a new startup pitch contest, Recruitment Startup Of the Year, for talent acquisition innovators and entrepreneurs to take place during the EmpowerHR Talent Acquisition and EmpowerHR DEIB event in Phoenix May 16-17, 2023.

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With new technology and access to super smart resources, the stars align for innovation, and we’re excited to support these entrepreneurs to help this market overcome today’s challenges.

Startup owners can enter their product submission (for free) by April 14, 2023, for the opportunity to showcase and demonstrate their innovation in recruitment and hiring to an engaged audience of HR leaders and decision-makers. This competition is open to all companies that have not yet initiated a Series B round of funding.

All participating startups will be judged on the following criteria:

  • How well the technology addresses real recruiting needs and existing market challenges

  • How competitive the product is within the current market, and whether the company is worth investing in when considering long-term viability and profitability

  • How innovative or disruptive the technology and how clearly it differentiates from existing products already on the market

  • How clearly the company is able to communicate its value proposition, and how easy it is to measure the direct impact of that value. Is it worth buying?

  • How the technology integrates with existing stacks, and how it will augment and extend current recruitment tech capabilities

All presentations will receive transparent scoring and feedback from the judging panel and have the chance to win valuable prizes to help support their growing business including:

  1. Grand Prize: Recognition as the Recruitment Startup of the Year, personal meetings with investors, analysts, and media, main stage participation in the pitch contest, and a marketing services and media package valued at $30,000, including free exhibitor participation at future events.

  2. Runner-Up Prize: A custom marketing services and media package valued at $15,000

  3. Second Runner-Up Prize: A turnkey webcast sponsorship package valued at approximately $8,500

“The best time to disrupt a market is when the market is turbulent. This time is now,” stated Debbie McGrath, Chief Instigator and CEO of “With new technology and access to super smart resources, the stars align for innovation, and we’re excited to support these entrepreneurs to help this market overcome today’s challenges.”

The contest is open for submissions until April 14th here:


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About EmpowerHR Talent Acquisition and EmpowerHR DEIB

May 16-17, 2023 - Phoenix Convention Centre. These co-located conferences bring two functions together that must collaborate and learn from each other, but too often have not. In today’s world, recruiting and DEIB must stand alone, yet they also must work together. This event will offer bold new talent acquisition ideas and strategies to integrate DEIB into the culture and all processes. Participants from both conferences can hold critical yet overdue conversations, make new connections, find solutions, and identify ways to progress as partners.

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