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India’s HireMee among 10 qualified teams in $5 mn XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling Competition

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Bengaluru-based job enablement platform ‘Team HireMee’ has made it to the shortlist of 10 qualified teams in the prestigious $5 million XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition. There were 118 entries from 20 countries.

Launched in June 2020, XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition incentivizes teams to develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of a quick training and reskilling solution for individuals most vulnerable to employment loss in the United States.

Announcing this XPRIZE CEO Anousheh Ansari said, “As we saw unemployment reach new heights and some jobs completely eliminated as automation accelerated during the pandemic, the XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition became critical in providing pathways to gainful long-term employment.”

The 10 qualified teams in the global competition were chosen following evaluation of 118 entries by a high-profile jury. The 10 teams from 4 countries will now move to the Qualified Teams round of the $5 million XPRIZE Rapid Reskilling competition.

The 10 chosen Qualified Teams will be evenly splitting a Milestone Prize purse of $1,000,000.

HireMee, which made the grade, has a dynamic and diverse team of 23 global CEOs and technology leaders, jointly led by Mr Tom Dretler and Mr Shirish Pareek in the US, and Mr Chocko Valliappa in India. The team has extensive experience in technology, education, advanced manufacturing and job placement in the US, India and the rest of the world.

Chocko Valliappa, founder of HireMee says, “We sought to tap the best leaders, talent and technologies around the world in solving the critical challenge of Rapid Reskilling that is needed in the world today. We are glad that we have assembled a world class team of professionals.”

“Team HireMee is excited to bring its strengths in execution of effective skill building programs and unmatched scale using digital technology to enable the future of work,” says Shirish Pareek, CEO of AMG Partners, a permanent capital investment fund focused on the advanced manufacturing sector.

“Team HireMee’s proprietary technology and comprehensive approach will enable the displaced workers to quickly become qualified candidates for new-age jobs that will allow them to advance in their careers and continue to take care of their families,” says Tom Dretler, CEO of Shorelight, a global education technology company.

In Phase 1, Team HireMee has chosen the Healthcare sector to demonstrate how medical assistants can be reskilled by deploying its two-decade long experience working in the healthcare industry.

HireMee is a social enterprise with a digital platform has enabled talent assessment of a million youth from 800 towns across India, and connected them to companies. Candidates take a verified assessment process that evaluates their knowledge, skills and personality and communication.

HireMee has helped recruiters select candidates for over 1,20,000 job opportunities without any cost.

India will need to reskill 300 million people within this decade. HireMee is addressing the imminent problem of skilling and jobs in an automated robotic world. The company is proud that the USA and XPRIZE saw this and that HireMee’s solution has been chosen by them is exciting.

As part of XPRIZE, training solutions will be offered to 3,500 displaced workers early in the competition by the ten qualified teams and then be expanded to help at least 25,000 displaced workers in the last Round. The best solutions, if adopted on a nation-wide scale, have the potential of transforming the way workers train for more than 12 million jobs.