Employment tech startup Shortlist today announced the acquisition of Spire Education, a Nairobi-based talent development company that builds employee training programs for East Africa’s leading employers.
Spire Education designs and delivers talent development programs that enable employees to cultivate the skills and attitudes they need to be successful in their jobs. Founded in 2013, they have partnered with leading companies including Java House and M-KOPA to build internal learning and development programs for junior, middle, and senior level staff.
Shortlist helps growing enterprises hire for early and mid-career roles based on demonstrated potential and skill, rather than pedigree. Its platform screens candidates using predictive chat-based interviews and online competency-based assessments, letting employers skip the most time-consuming and bias-prone phases of hiring. By coming together, the combined enterprise can now support employers seamlessly through recruitment, onboarding, and on-the-job training.
“We’re thrilled to join forces with Spire, a move that will supercharge our joint capacity to support talent-forward companies in Kenya and beyond,” says Paul Breloff, co-founder and CEO of Shortlist. “We share a cultural foundation and a passion for helping companies across the continent build better teams. We are also exploring how we can deliver Spire’s training and development curriculum directly to Shortlist job-seekers, equipping professionals with the skills they need to be successful and closing the loop between training and employment.”
“This partnership will enable us to best support our incredible clients across the region to build stronger teams, reach higher goals, and create even greater impact,” says Jenn Cotter, now Managing Director of Africa for Shortlist and Spire. “Our teams share the same DNA of curiosity and adventure, and we’re excited to get started on our collective vision of unlocking professional potential.”
“Over many years investing in and advising enterprises in East Africa, we’ve found that companies that prioritize best-in-class human capital practices have a significant competitive edge,” says Lauren Cochran, Managing Director at Blue Haven Initiative, an investor in the combined entity. “We are excited to watch the impact that the united team will have on high-potential organisations and individuals across the region.”
While the companies’ Nairobi teams will integrate immediately, they plan to maintain separate brands for the foreseeable future.
Shortlist works in India and East Africa to help growing enterprises hire based on skills and potential, rather than pedigree. The Shortlist platform screens candidates using predictive chat-based interviews and online competency-based assessments, letting employers skip the most time-consuming and bias-prone phases of hiring. Launched in 2016, over 100 companies including Angaza, DHL, M-KOPA, Orbit Chemical Industries, and Twiga Foods now partner with Shortlist to build high-performing teams. Shortlist has offices in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Nairobi. To learn more, visit www.shortlist.net.
About Spire Education
Spire Education builds learning programs that enable employees to cultivate the skills and attitudes they need to be successful on the job. We blend in-person training with work-based practice and coaching to ensure new ideas translate into new work habits.