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Vive La Technologie: Workwolf takes home the gold at Manpowergroup's start-up challenge in France

 

Workwolf and CEO Erik Simins Wins First Place at ManpowerGroup’s Challenge in ‘Automating Recruitment’ at the 2021 VivaTechnology Conference 

 

For Immediate Release 

Toronto, Ontario — Within six months of its hard launch, Workwolf has been recognized for three awards thus far, and its latest has come with plans of adoption and support by ManpowerGroup, the challenger with whom Workwolf was awarded for its ability to automate recruitment. After applying and being selected as a semi-finalist from a list of over 170 start-ups, CEO and Co-founder Erik Simins was summoned to present Workwolf’s mission and capabilities to ManpowerGroup’s challenge for the Future of Work at the VivaTechnology 2021 conference in Paris, France.  

After pitching at the start-up event on the second of the four-day event in the heart of Paris, Simins was awarded first-place for automating recruitment—one of the three awards presented in the ManpowerGroup section of the event. The pitch was highly regarded by ManpowerGroup, and as such, have sought out plans of partnering up with Workwolf for future hiring solutions across the globe.  

According to the HR and recruitment technology industry, namely, Robert Dougan, a senior consultant at Self Management Group, “Simins’ technology is one of the first professional credentialing companies who provides candidates with the ability to—securely of course—store and own their own data, as well as leverage their profiles to make it easier for employers and recruiters to find them, having been pre-verified for each job for which they are qualified.”  

Having also been awarded the Transformational Platform and Entrepreneurship prize at the 2020 Enterprise Blockchain Awards, Simins has proven to be a dedicated innovator in the HR technology industry, disrupting current outdated screening practices and moving towards unbiased candidate screenings that filter for a candidate’s abilities and skills—both hard and soft—and present to employers and recruiters candidates who are chosen without prejudice or biases towards or against race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.   

Initially created to solve for the $660 billion lost each year in the HR industry to mis-hires and inauthentic resume credentials, Workwolf presents a new method of screening candidates that focuses on credentials that are available in real-time, and thus skirts the conflicts that are inherent in traditional candidate filtering: that is, sorting through candidate resumes with both conscious and unconscious biases in names, languages spoken, backgrounds, and other information that is pertinent to a candidate’s identity, marginalized and otherwise.  

The Toronto-based technology start-up, co-founded by Simins, as well as Daniel Shea and Ron Leith, Workwolf disrupts current hiring cycles by performing background checks on candidates at the beginning, so as to only provide employers and recruiters with pre-verified candidates who have been sorted using artificial intelligence according to personality fit, work-based attitudes and behavior, and hard skills, like degrees or diplomas and other credentials necessary for a position.  

Of the event, Simins says, “It was truly an honor to be selected as one of the 12 finalists out of the 170 competing companies in the VivaTech/ManpowerGroup Start-Up Innovation Challenge. Our technology has received significant market validation and adoption since our commercial release in January, but winning the VivaTech competition and getting the opportunity to work directly with the third largest recruiting company in the world, ManpowerGroup, to distribute our Digital Work Passport is the final market validation we need to further invest in and scale our technology globally.” 

Simins says that after overseeing thousands of hiring cycles, he notices that companies “still make applicant filtering decisions based on data that is accurate less than half of the time.” As such, Workwolf’s technology is working to transform the hiring market for job seekers, employers, and recruiters by making the background checking process simple, fast, and secure, being safeguarded by a permission ledger otherwise known as blockchain technology.  

To learn more or to join Workwolf, visit workwolf.com. Follow Workwolf at @workwolf_ on Instagram and Twitter, and Workwolf on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube for all the latest updates.  
 

Further information 

Erik Simins, CEO and Co-founder 
Workwolf Inc. 
erik@workwolf.com | 416-900-0382 
866 The Queensway, Suite 200 
Toronto, ON | M8Z 1N7 
www.workwolf.com 

Vive La Technologie: Workwolf takes home the gold at Manpowergroup's start-up challenge in France

Workwolf and CEO Erik Simins Wins First Place at ManpowerGroup’s Challenge in ‘Automating Recruitment’ at the 2021 VivaTechnology Conference 

 
For Immediate Release 

Toronto, Ontario — Within six months of its hard launch, Workwolf has been recognized for three awards thus far, and its latest has come with plans of adoption and support by ManpowerGroup, the challenger with whom Workwolf was awarded for its ability to automate recruitment. After applying and being selected as a semi-finalist from a list of over 170 start-ups, CEO and Co-founder Erik Simins was summoned to present Workwolf’s mission and capabilities to ManpowerGroup’s challenge for the Future of Work at the VivaTechnology 2021 conference in Paris, France.  

After pitching at the start-up event on the second of the four-day event in the heart of Paris, Simins was awarded first-place for automating recruitment—one of the three awards presented in the ManpowerGroup section of the event. The pitch was highly regarded by ManpowerGroup, and as such, have sought out plans of partnering up with Workwolf for future hiring solutions across the globe.  

According to the HR and recruitment technology industry, namely, Robert Dougan, a senior consultant at Self Management Group, “Simins’ technology is one of the first professional credentialing companies who provides candidates with the ability to—securely of course—store and own their own data, as well as leverage their profiles to make it easier for employers and recruiters to find them, having been pre-verified for each job for which they are qualified.”  

Having also been awarded the Transformational Platform and Entrepreneurship prize at the 2020 Enterprise Blockchain Awards, Simins has proven to be a dedicated innovator in the HR technology industry, disrupting current outdated screening practices and moving towards unbiased candidate screenings that filter for a candidate’s abilities and skills—both hard and soft—and present to employers and recruiters candidates who are chosen without prejudice or biases towards or against race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion.   

Initially created to solve for the $660 billion lost each year in the HR industry to mis-hires and inauthentic resume credentials, Workwolf presents a new method of screening candidates that focuses on credentials that are available in real-time, and thus skirts the conflicts that are inherent in traditional candidate filtering: that is, sorting through candidate resumes with both conscious and unconscious biases in names, languages spoken, backgrounds, and other information that is pertinent to a candidate’s identity, marginalized and otherwise.  

The Toronto-based technology start-up, co-founded by Simins, as well as Daniel Shea and Ron Leith, Workwolf disrupts current hiring cycles by performing background checks on candidates at the beginning, so as to only provide employers and recruiters with pre-verified candidates who have been sorted using artificial intelligence according to personality fit, work-based attitudes and behavior, and hard skills, like degrees or diplomas and other credentials necessary for a position.  

Of the event, Simins says, “It was truly an honor to be selected as one of the 12 finalists out of the 170 competing companies in the VivaTech/ManpowerGroup Start-Up Innovation Challenge. Our technology has received significant market validation and adoption since our commercial release in January, but winning the VivaTech competition and getting the opportunity to work directly with the third largest recruiting company in the world, ManpowerGroup, to distribute our Digital Work Passport is the final market validation we need to further invest in and scale our technology globally.” 

Simins says that after overseeing thousands of hiring cycles, he notices that companies “still make applicant filtering decisions based on data that is accurate less than half of the time.” As such, Workwolf’s technology is working to transform the hiring market for job seekers, employers, and recruiters by making the background checking process simple, fast, and secure, being safeguarded by a permission ledger otherwise known as blockchain technology.  

To learn more or to join Workwolf, visit workwolf.com. Follow Workwolf at @workwolf_ on Instagram and Twitter, and Workwolf on Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube for all the latest updates.  
 

Further information 

Erik Simins, CEO and Co-founder 
Workwolf Inc. 
erik@workwolf.com | 416-900-0382 
866 The Queensway, Suite 200 
Toronto, ON | M8Z 1N7 
www.workwolf.com