Erasing the gap between IITs/IIMs and other institutes in the recruitment market

Unstop (formerly Dare2Compete), an ed-tech HR startup founded by Ankit Aggarwal, has become the largest online community of unstoppable who engage in online coding challenges, case competitions, quizzes, hackathons, etc. regularly. Today, the company serves over 3.1 million+ users from 40,000+ companies across domains and colleges.

What started as a blog in an IMT Ghaziabad hostel room has grown into a thriving technology platform for companies to connect with and hire students from B-Schools, engineering colleges, and working professionals.

Unstop and its CEO had quite a journey from when the company was a blog in 2009 and has now grown into a multi-million dollar business.

The bootstrapped startup recently celebrated the completion of six years of impacting millions. It has helped companies like Walmart, Flipkart, Reliance, Myntra, Aditya Birla Group, L’Oréal, Juspay, Ather Energy, Uber, and Amazon among others to recruit, screen, and manage their talent acquisition needs while building their employer brand. Today, the startup offers a wide range of engagement and hiring solutions, including hackathons, online coding & case-study competitions, quizzes, and business simulation games.

Why companies and students are drooling over Unstop?

As a staunch advocate for equality and diversity, Unstop has committed to making a positive impact in the recruitment industry. It helps corporates execute campaigns that ensure all candidates, regardless of gender, college, academic background, or past academic scores, are provided with equal opportunities to showcase their talent.

Unstop aims to democratize hiring and engagements. Asking companies to

#GoBeyondResumes and hire the best candidates overall rather than candidates from the best institutes.

Students from a variety of backgrounds are encouraged to apply for jobs at the best companies through gamified hiring tools such as hackathons, online coding competitions, and case study challenges. This young startup has been working with companies across domains to assist them in addressing the imbalance that exists in campus & fresher recruitment.

Flipkart’s flagship engineering off-campus hiring challenge – GRiD, is a good example. Engineers from all over India are invited by Flipkart each year to compete for high-paying positions irrespective of IIT/NIT tags. Much favored by students, the competition enjoys more than a lakh student registration each year!

Irrespective of the size, age or domain of the company, Unstop has successfully and efficiently changed the recruitment game for many. Intellect hired 300+ candidates through just one campaign. They not only democratized their hiring process but also tapped into an enormous potential reservoir in a seemingly shorter period.

On the same lines, beating disparity in campus hiring, Juspay rolled out 2610 PPIs (direct interviews). With more than lakhs of registrations, Juspay has organized three hiring hackathons (Juspay Developers Hiring Challenge) to date. When done right, these hackathons can be the most cost-effective methods for recruiting talent and innovators to a company.

The startup aims to solve the ever-growing problem of finding a suitable candidate within a very short time span by connecting the employers directly with talent globally.

Various hiring managers have reviewed this student community and engagement platform as a reliable source of searching candidates based on their skills, location, interests, and more. They all agreed on one thing: The algorithm to host a customized hiring hackathon has made things easy. Once the companies find their ideal candidate, they can roll out an offer directly from the platform.

Walmart CodeHers was one such customized hackathon. This diversity hackathon was explicitly tailored for girl coders PAN India and the results were staggering!

Walmart exceeded its gender diversity mandates by hiring 300+ female coders from all engineering colleges. They met the demand (even exceeded) in a comparatively shorter period without any hassle and addressed the gender diversity and inclusion standards.

The idea is simple, to block out the noise in a competitive market by diversifying their recruitment strategy. The aim is to pick the best talent from a broad pool of otherwise unreachable talent with fewer financial resources and time. And above all, to test candidates’ skills accurately without any bias.

Unstop is a game-changer for many. Students flock to the platform to participate in hackathons, online coding competitions, jobs and internships, webinars, quizzes, hiring challenges, online courses, scholarships, and cultural activities. Students are in awe of this platform because they can not only hone their skills but also get discovered by the best startups and industry giants alike.

There is so much to do and learn. For instance, their recent IGNITE session for B-School students was conducted to calm their nerves and give them much-needed guidance. This annual session witnessed over 10K viewers from over 30 B-Schools, representation from top campus recruiters such as Reliance, Asian Paints, Flipkart, The Coca-Cola Company, HUL, and TAS, to name a few, along with the famous standup comedian Rahul Dua!

So if you’re looking for an opportunity to learn and grow, there’s no better place to start than Unstop. You never know what might be around the corner – so why not get started today and be Unstoppable.

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