Job training platform Initiafy picks up $1.5 mln seed


Dublin and New York-based Initiafy, a job training platform for contractors and short-term workers, has secured $1.5 million in seed funding. The investors included Delta Partners Group and ACT Venture Capital. Initiafy was formerly known as Induction Manager in the EMEA and Orientation Manager in the U.S.

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DUBLIN – MARCH 17, 2015 – initiafy, a job training platform specifically designed for contractors and short-term workers, has rebranded and raised $1.5 million in total seed funding from investors including Delta Partners Group, ACT Venture Capital and private investor Leslie Buckley. The company has rebranded from Induction Manager (EMEA) and Orientation Manager (US) to initiafy, in order to unify its online software into one brand.

initiafy turns employee initiations from a logistical nightmare to a self-automated online system. Its training platform reduces costs for companies who hire contractors or hourly workers by training them online before their first day, and also cuts down on the resources required to recreate training materials as staff changes over time. The company currently works with more than 70 customers including Sodexo, Pfizer, Gilt, Gilbane, Balfour Beatty, Amey, Domino’s Pizza and five of the top 20 construction companies in the UK.

Training topics are built by the customer and range from specific on-the-job skills, to administrative paperwork, to successful cultural integration of new hires. More importantly, initiafy seeks to make work sites as safe as possible, especially in high-risk industries, by offering companies the ability to deliver safety training and procedures before employees set foot on site. initiafy’s users complete self-paced sessions on computers or mobile devices, and employers can check new hires’ understanding by setting up review questions to unlock each chapter of training. Information can be presented through text, audio or video and in multiple languages. Employers also have the ability to update materials instantly, keeping workers apprised of new standards or procedures.

“Before launching initiafy, we spoke with dozens of HR and health and safety managers to understand what challenges companies were facing with employee training,” said initiafy co-founder Julie Currid. “We found that companies had many options for onboarding permanent staff, but had more difficulty finding a cohesive tool for contractors, seasonal workers, or a contingency workforce. initiafy builds from our success as Induction Manager and Orientation Manager to help workers complete and retain training at their own pace before their first days on the job.”

“We’ve used Induction Manager because it is by far the most user-friendly system we have seen in terms of user interface and course building,” said Shane Molloy, EHS, Bord na Mona. “It has saved us time, money and it has allowed us to deliver a consistent induction presentation in multiple languages.”

Since its founding in April 2012, initiafy has grown from a locally-known Irish startup to an internationally recognized company with offices in Dublin and New York and servicing companies in over 25 countries. The company plans to increase its United States presence over the next few months, and expects to grow by over 300 percent in 2015.

About initiafy
initiafy is an online software tool that since 2012 has given companies of any size the ability to train new contractors and temporary workers before they start work. The company helps partners in construction, mining, oil and gas, retail and hospitality industries to initiate new hires online, without the hassle of paperwork or classroom time. Sean Fennell and Julie Currid started Orientation Manager (US) and Induction Manager (EU) in April 2012; the company rebranded as initiafy in March 2015 to reflect its international growth and offer more sophisticated, easy-to-use technology. Based in Dublin and New York, initiafy is currently backed by $1.5 million in total funding from investors including Delta Partners Group, ACT Venture Capital and Leslie Buckley.

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