Introducing HR TECH DEN – a new competition from HR Tech Summit 2018 to find Canada’s next HR tech start-up superstar.

Hundreds of HR Tech start-ups will be whittled down to just eight finalists who will each get the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges. Whether it’s a new product innovation, a new business development or new cutting edge HR technology, we’ll see the best and brightest start-ups hit the main stage and give the pitch of their career – streamed to thousands of investors and philanthropists worldwide!

Eventually one deserving winner who will seize the ultimate prize – a $20k marketing campaign in HRD Magazine and HRM Online.

HR Tech Den is part of HR Tech Summit’s Disruption Zone: the essential new platform for start-ups to communicate with influencers and decision makers, gain wider visibility in the tech industry, and elevate their business potential in an instant.

Don’t want to be unnoticed? Take notice of HR Tech Den, exclusive to HR Tech Summit 2018.


Alex Desjardins, BubbleHR

Ameer Asghar, Werk Technologies Inc.

Erica Pearson, Vacation Fund

Brian Daley, SmartRefer Technologies Inc.

Imran Mouna, InStage

Stefan Kollenberg, Crescendo – Inclusive Workplaces

Jonathan Garbe, Fintros Inc

John Tukums, Inc.

Tech Den Host

Muni Boga
CEO & Founder, Kudos

2018 Tech Den Judge

Krista Jones
Managing Director, Work and Learning, MaRS Discovery District

Sunil Sharma
Managing Director, Techstars Toronto

Debbie McGrath
Founder and Chief Instigator,


Enter our submission portal for rules, regulations and eligibility.

How it works:

1. Nominate your startup company by May 30, 2018

Disruptors and start-ups can apply for the contest by nominating themselves at the link below by explaining their business models and describing their unique value propositions/advantages within the HR industry.

2. Finalists Announced

Eight finalists will be chosen by HRD Magazine’s editorial team based on their answers to the above questions. The eight finalists will be graded on a 10-point scale system for each answer, and the startups with the highest number of points will be chosen to take part in the competition on June 26th, 2018 at the HR Tech Summit.

3. The Pitch

Eight finalists will be invited to the main stage at HR Tech Summit and in front of 1000 + event attendees will each be given three minutes to pitch their solutions to a panel of judges and investors, who will then be given two minutes to cross examine.

4. The Prize

The winner will receive a 20k marketing campaign from HRD Magazine/HRM Online publication circulation reach of 30k+ HR professionals across Canada and the opportunity of getting funded by one of the investors. The eight finalists will also receive a complementary 12-month subscription to HRD Magazine.

5. Eligibility criteria

Participation eligibility criteria for startups: Canadian independent/non-affiliated companies that are three years old or under as of June 26, 2018. The solutions/services must have a direct impact on HR/people functions within organizations and must include a technological element/component to their business models.

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