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HRTECH.2021.awards believes technology will be a driving force in a rapidly changing world of work. It will be instrumental in designing more efficient processes, creating an engaging employee experience and enable better decision making.

Following the success of the HRTECH.2020.award, will now present the HRTECH.2021.awards. This year we present the first award to celebrate successful cases and innovative development, and a second award to encourage a promising startup.

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HRTECH.award for
HRTECH team of the year

The first HRTECH.2021.award will be given to a Belgian HRTECH team that concluded a strong HRTECH project in 2021.

Who can apply?

  • HR teams with a scope of 200+ employees.

What are the criteria?

Criterium 1: Organizational impact

  • The project had a strategic scope.
  • It had a clear impact during last year in the organization (2020 + Q1, Q2 2021).
  • The project was more ambitious than the digitalization of an HR process or the implementation of a tool.

Criterium 2: Innovative character

  • The project does not only address traditional problems, but also anticipates future changes.
  • It was tailormade and anticipated fundamental changes in the organization and its business environment.

Criterium 3: Results

  • The project has demonstrable added value for the organization and its employees.
  • Its added value can be clearly demonstrated and measured.

How to apply?

Please complete:

1/ Online form with information on the company and HR team:

  • Description of the company and the team

2/ Onepager on the project, specifying:

  • Organizational impact (see criterium 1)
  • Result (see criterium 2)
  • Innovative nature of the project technology (see criterium 3)

Apply now!

HRTECH.award for
HRTECH startup of the year

Startups are responsible for many innovations in HRTECH. The second HRTECH.2021.award will go to the HRTECH startup that designed solutions for real HR-business needs.

Who can apply?

  • New ventures, founded in 2016 or later.
  • Startups with a strong growth potential and a scalable business model (digital product or service).
  • Offers an impactful B2B HRTECH solution in one of the following categories: HR Strategy, planning & control, HR Core operations, HR Talent management, Organization, team and productivity.

What are the criteria?

Criterium 1: Organization

  • Company has its HQ in Belgium.
  • Company was founded in 2016 or later.
  • Proven technology: company can present recurring revenue and/or a strong client list.

Criterium 2: Innovative character

  • Company created its own technology.
  • Scalable business model.

Criterium 3: Result

  • Company offers a tech solution for a true need in the HR industry.
  • ROI for clients using your technology.

How to apply?

Please complete:

1/ Online form with:

  • Description of the company and the team (criterium 1)
  • Its technology (criterium 2)

And add:

2/ Blogpost, article, video or other material explaining:

  • two client or use cases to prove criterium 3

Apply now!

The selection process

  • At the request of numerous HR Teams, we extended the application deadline for the HRTECH team of the year award to Friday 18, June 2021, 23:59h.
  • The jury will judge all applications and shortlist 3 candidates per category.
  • The shortlist will be published on by mid-August 2021.
  • The winner will be selected through public voting.
  • Public voting will be possible from August 23 till October 3, 2021.
  • Presentation of the HRTECH.awards @ the gala dinner on Wednesday October 6, 2021.

The jury

  • Chair: Jo Cobbaut, editor in chief HRmagazine
  • Jürgen Ingels, Managing Partner SmartFin Capital
  • Hilde Haems, Chief Human Capital Officer Ackermans & Van Haaren
  • Peter De Keyzer, Managing Partner Growth Inc.
  • Ingrid Willems, Founder & CEO DataScouts


For the first time, the Belgian HRTECH.award was presented during the warming-up on February 4. Mayor of Antwerp, Bart De Wever, and Jürgen Ingels had the honor to reveil the 2020 winner.

Big congratulations to...

Big congratulations to Payabl’, official winner of the HRTECH.2020.award.


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