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SHRMLabs Announces Inaugural Cohort for its Workplace Tech Accelerator

SHRMLabs WorkplaceTech Accelerator is the premier global Accelerator for the Future of Work

Alexandria, Va.—Today, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), through its SHRMLabs, announced the 2022 inaugural cohort members of its WorkplaceTech Accelerator program.

The WorkplaceTech Accelerator is the world's only HR tech accelerator program backed by a network of more than 300,000 HR and business executive members across 165 countries. The accelerator program is an inaugural eight-week virtual program that is designed to scale up early-stage, growth driven startups dedicated to elevating HR and solving today's most pressing workplace challenges.

The 2022 cohort members:

Major League Hacking, as the world's top developer community, uses the behavioral insights of 500,000+ community members to build a diverse pipeline of tech talent with the hard and soft skills required to close a company's skills gap.

PERKS is the first global employee support marketplace and operating system made for distributed teams.

unboXt is a data software company that helps organizations understand, define and optimize their teams. Its platform uncovers employees' personal motivators to enable a deeper relationship between managers and their teams.

Mainstay engages with candidates and employees through two-way text messaging. Utilizing behavioral science-backed conversational design, it delivers proactive nudges to guide and support workers to positive outcomes. In the reverse direction, workers can ask questions at any time, in any language, and get the support they need through their AI-powered knowledge base or automated escalation to the appropriate HR resource.

Humaxa provides an anonymous digital assistant that chats with employees about the tricky stuff, such as stalled-out job growth, implicit bias or struggles with mental health; and offers immediate solutions, right in the flow of work. These solutions include group discussions, mentoring, wellness exercises, collaborative goal setting, leadership basics training and beyond.

Sparrow  is the first high-touch, high-tech solution for employee leave management, helping employers care for their people across the United States and Canada. Sparrow makes it easy for employers to care for their people with the only true end-to-end leave management solution where technology is coupled with a world-class leave specialist team.

"We are excited to announce each of the inaugural cohort members today. As human resources changes so is SHRM's commitment to bringing the best technology and innovation to workplaces," said Alexander Alonso, Ph.D., SHRM-SCP, chief knowledge officer at SHRM and founder of SHRMLabs. "Through SHRMLabs, we are investing in and supporting innovative entrepreneurs at the forefront of creating and developing the latest solutions and technologies to support HR professionals in the world of work."

SHRMLabs is committed to accelerating today's most revolutionary workplace technology startups to create a better future of work. It will back innovations that improve the greater workplace experience. Selected companies will address the SHRM community's needs and, by doing so, advances the broader HR industry and HR-tangential communities. 

The WorkplaceTech Accelerator offers each company:

  • A carefully matched advisory council of HR and business experts.
  • Curated research data that supports the startup's product development, road map and pitch.
  • A curriculum where startups will walk away with tangible best practices.
  • Exposure to HR, business, innovation and investor audiences.
  • An initial $160,000 investment from SHRM.

For more information on how to apply to participate, visit the WorkplaceTech Accelerator.

Learn more about SHRMLabs.

About SHRM
SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management, creates better workplaces where employers and employees thrive together. As the voice of all things work, workers and the workplace, SHRM is the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today's evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally. Learn more at and on Twitter @SHRM. 


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