HR startup lands early – WISH-TV | Indianapolis Information | Indiana climate
INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) – An Indianapolis-based startup focused on streamlining the hiring process for HR teams has completed a $ 600,000 investment round. Qualifi will use the funds to further develop its platform, expand sales and marketing activities and create up to 30 jobs in the next few years.
The company says its platform offers a seamless one-way audio interview experience that eliminates the back and forth planning and captures better data to help recruiters make hiring decisions.
Darrian Mikell, Qualifi co-founder and CEO, told Inside INdiana Business that the funding represents the hard work his team has done since the company was founded in 2019.
“It offers a little bit of credibility and backing for what we’re trying to achieve as a team, and now we can actually keep on doing the goals and move a lot faster to meet the goals we set ourselves. Mikell said.
According to Mikell, HR teams are often overlooked in their organizations and do not always have the resources they need to do better. According to Qualifi, recruiters who used the platform shaved a week off their average of time to hire.
“We want to be one of those companies that really care about them and help them create new opportunities for themselves and improve their organizations,” said Mikell. “So our ultimate goal is to help them and then build on our team and create different teams internally and for the customers we serve.”
The funding round was led by Sixty8 Capital in Indianapolis with the participation of Elevate Ventures of Indy, Queen City Angels of Cincinnati, Flywheel Fund of Bloomington and other angel investors. The funding from Sixty8 Capital is the first from the company’s new $ 20 million venture fund, led by CEO Kelli Jones, which focuses on helping startups led by Black, Latinx, LGBTQ + and women.
“[Jones has] Seen Qualifi in its infancy and in the construction phases … and that’s why I think it’s an exciting time for both Qualifi and Sixty8 because we’re both geared towards it and for us a company that we want to stand for diversity, ”said Mikell. “Myself and three of my founders are blacks, and that’s not the usual composition of a co-founder team in our ecosystem. We want to be masters for this, and it is great that we have a partner in Sixty8 Capital who is also trying to build that in our local ecosystem. “
According to Mikell, the company’s short-term focus on Qualifi is to create more awareness of the company’s platform. In the long term, he hopes the company can help fill more gaps in the HR team recruiting process.