Bath startup to meet bosses of Microsoft and LinkedIn

By Anita Jaynes on 25 April, 2017

The CEO of predictive people analytics startup Cognisess will be living the entrepreneur’s dream this week, enjoying one-on-one sessions with Microsoft and LinkedIn bosses Satya Nadella and Jeff Weiner, as well as meetings with potential Silicon Valley investors.

Cognisess, based on New Bond Street, was selected as the UK’s sole representative and one of only 15 chosen globally to attend this week’s Microsoft Global Startup Roadshow in Seattle.

From roundtable discussions with senior leaders at Microsoft, through to focussed sessions on strategic business development, enterprise readiness and media and sales training, the five-day event represents a unique opportunity for Cognisess to connect with global business leaders.

Cognisess originally joined the Microsoft Accelerator programme to support the growth of its world leading predictive people analytics platform. Since then the company has gone on to appoint a new Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Boris Altemeyer and to further develop its Deep Learn™ machine learning engine.

Cognisess Deep Learn™ is an innovative and dynamic predictive analytics tool, able to learn, absorb and react to multiple information streams. It turns millions of data points and inputs into clear insights to support HR decision making in organisations.

Initial clients have included international hotel group IHG and car manufacturer Volkswagen.

“It’s a great opportunity for Cognisess to be part of the Microsoft Global Roadshow,” said Cognisess CEO Chris Butt.  “When you think of it, we’re one of just 15 companies from around the world that have been invited to meet Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and the rest of the senior team in Seattle.”

“Cognisess is only five years old and this is an exciting moment for us. The timing couldn’t be better as we’re in a growth phase and meeting investors, potential customers and the wider Microsoft eco-system will help us scale rapidly.”

“But the bigger picture is that it’s recognition that we are building an innovative and transformative tool. Deep Learn™ – our AI predictive people analytics engine – is changing how we measure talent, potential and performance, which in turn is helping companies and their people improve performance.”

High growth startups from China, India, Israel, Belgium, the UK and the US will attend the Startup Roadshow, the second event of its kind.

Pictured above: Chris Butt, CEO of Cognisess