SAN FRANCISCO, January 17, 2018 (Newswire.com) - 70MillionJobs, the first for-profit recruitment platform for Americans with criminal records, was selected as a finalist in the Social and Culture Technologies category for the 10th annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event®.
The SXSW Accelerator is the marquee event of South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference & Festivals (March 9-18, 2018) Startup & Tech Sectors Track, where leading startups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive technology innovations to a panel of hand-picked judges and a live audience. Out of the more than 600 companies that applied to present at SXSW Accelerator, 70MillionJobs was selected among the 50 finalists spanning 10 separate categories.
The two-day event will be held the first weekend of SXSW Conference & Festivals, Saturday, March 10, and Sunday, March 11, on the third floor of the Downtown Hilton Austin, Salon A/B. The Pitch Event will then culminate with the SXSW Accelerator Awards Ceremony on Sunday evening, March 11, where winning startups from each category and a Best in Show winner will be announced and honored.
The Accelerator will feature finalists across the following 10 categories: Augmented & Virtual Reality, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment & Content, Health & Wearables, Hyper-Connected Communities, Payment & FinTech, Security & Privacy, Social & Culture, Sports & Performance Data and Transportation.
70MillionJobs will present among four other companies in the Social and Culture Technologies category on Saturday, March 10.
“We’re thrilled to be part of SXSW,” said Richard Bronson, 70MillionJobs’ CEO and founder. “Almost everyone knows someone with a record, and they know that effectively means a life sentence as long as there’s a Google search to check backgrounds. Our goal is to land one million jobs for folks with records and help repair their lives, their families and their communities.”
70MillionJobs, which was part of Y Combinator’s Summer 2017 batch, boasts a community of more than one million active job seekers. It helps large, national employers access its vast, virtually untapped pool of ignored labor talent. Company CEO Bronson, who was a partner at the infamous “Wolf of Wall Street” firm Stratton Oakmont, served 22 months in a federal prison for securities fraud. He also served as director at Defy Ventures, the prominent re-entry non-profit.
For more information about SXSW Accelerator and to view the complete list of finalists, visit http://www.sxsw.com/interactive/awards/accelerator.
70MillionJobs is the first for-profit recruitment platform for Americans with criminal records. One in three adults have some kind of record and they all experience pain in landing a job. 70MillionJobs matches this vast pool of talent with large, national employers who face critical HR needs. The company is based in San Francisco and recently completed Y Combinator’s summer 2017 batch.
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2018 will take place March 9-18, 2018.
Richard Bronson, Founder/CEO
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