Waikato tech business wins national prize


A new Waikato-based tech company has taken out a national award, winning $20,000 ahead of five other companies from around New Zealand.

CoHired was one of six finalists in BNZ’s Start-up Alley awards, part of Webstock – an annual web technology conference featuring high profile speakers from around the world.

Start-up Alley is a celebration of New Zealand start-ups and early-stage companies.

CoHired trumped two other finalists in their category: ‘Start-Up Accelerator – taking New Zealand to the world’, aimed at tech businesses that have developed an innovative tech product and have their sights on potential growth and expansion beyond New Zealand.

As a futuristic recruitment platform, coHired was built to re-imagine the way the world hires. It matches people to jobs they love through technology that has shortened the process for customers and continues to match jobseekers to new jobs as they come up.

The selection process relies on three main themes: Job fit – is the person fit to do the job? Experience – have they got the right experience? Ethos – does the way they think and live match the hiring company?

The aim is to keep the human aspect alive and well, even through the use of technology.

“CoHired’s mantra is ‘matching people to jobs they love’ because having a job you love brings great dignity,” said coHired’s chief executive and founder, Andrew Mr Nicol.

The company had to impress judges including PledgeMe founder Anna Guenther, CD Baby creator Derek Sivers, head of BNZ small business Harry Ferreira, and Breaker chief technology officer Leah Culver.

“Our software works 24/7, matching every active jobseeker with each new vacancy. It shortlists the top 10 applicants based on whether people have the experience for the job, will enjoy the job, and then makes sure they will love working in that team.

“For the jobseeker they get a job they love, and the company gets people who are more productive and stay longer.”

Nicol said they are looking to expand internationally in the near future with Australia being first on their radar.

“When we founded on March 15 last year, our dream was to make a global impact, using technology to drive quality human interactions.

“Our vision of ‘People Matter ∴ Do Good’ drives us to not only make a change in New Zealand, but improve human dignity through great jobs worldwide,” he said.

The prize packaged included $20,000 cash from BNZ, a return trip for two from BNZ to the USA to further their business and access to free business mentors, also provided by BNZ.


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