Sunderland's Geek Talent kicked into shape on Google bootcamp

Sunderland-based digital recruitment innovators Geek Talent have landed a place on Google's coveted Launchpad course

Dominic Murphy, managing director of Geek Talent with Chris Lacey, junior developer
Dominic Murphy, managing director of Geek Talent with Chris Lacey, junior developer

Recruitment software innovators Geek Talent have landed a place on a coveted “bootcamp” course run by Google, designed to help early stage businesses reach rapid growth.

The Software City-based start-up lays claim to being the world’s first “social network recruitment platform” — a software concept which uses social media profiles to help employers locate skilled people who are available for work.

Geek Talent’s platform also determines the most effective way to connect with potential candidates in a bid to eliminate costly recruitment processes.

Founder Dominic Murphy is now taking part in the five-day Launchpad course at Google’s London Campus.

Geek Talent is one of 15 UK tech start-ups deemed to be the most promising by the search giant.

Launchpads also run in Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, and Tel Aviv, helping start-ups through product strategy, business development, user interface and marketing.

Mr Murphy said: “Google Launchpad is an excellent opportunity for us to break down our business and commercial model with the help of some of the most experienced technical consultants in the world and vastly accelerate the growth of the company.

“Our software is truly unique in that it shows you the on and offline connections you have to the people you want to recruit across the web making it easy to ask for recommendations or find the best way to introduce yourself and your job opportunity.

“We are thrilled to have been recognised as one of the most promising tech start-ups in the UK and are looking forward to building an on-going relationship with Google.”

Since its launch last year Geek Talent has secured a number of corporate clients who are using the software to recruit staff in specialist areas such as engineering, science and technology.

Junior developer Chris Lacey was recently recruited to the business which expects to create four new jobs this year.

David Dunn, chief executive of Sunderland Software City, said: “It is a fantastic testament to Geek Talent’s drive and innovation that they’ve been accepted on to the highly competitive Google Launchpad programme.

“This is a truly unique product and an excellent opportunity for another innovative start-up to disrupt the current marketplace and fly the flag for North East software nationally and internationally.”


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