Discovering the Next Great HR Technology Company - Semi-finalist #3 - Cultivate

Aug 14, 2018 5:12:46 PM / by Steve Boese

Name: Cultivate


Describe your product and what it does.

Cultivate helps companies develop next-generation leaders. Our platform gives talent leaders an advantage in the future of work, by scaling passive and real-time feedback to every manager in an enterprise.

Using a combination of Natural Language Processing and Machine learning, Cultivate leverages a company’s digital communication data — email, chat, and calendar — to build deep social graphs inside a company and extract organizational learning.

Our first application of that technology is our Leadership Development suite for managers. Using only data from a manager’s inbox, Cultivate’s AI-powered platform coaches managers to be better leaders and strengthen their workplace relationships.

Who does your product help? And how?

Traditional leadership development programs take a one-size-fits-all approach to learning or try to teach managers outside the context of their team.

Cultivate offers managers and enterprises something different: a personalized leadership development experience, in the flow of work, passive, and made scalable with A.I.

Like a leadership coach, Cultivate helps managers:

  1. Skills Assessment - Our academic-backed system identifies a manager’s leadership strengths and weaknesses based on how they communicate with direct reports
  2. Real-time Team Understanding - Team-based reporting contextualizes leadership training with current needs of the team
  3. Coaching - Personalized insights and actions to help bridge leadership gaps and track progress

Why are you the Next Great HR Technology?

Whether we like it or not, the “org” as we know it is changing: the growth of the millennial demographic, the proliferation of global and remote teams, the rapid adoption of digital technologies. These changes are creating new opportunities for developing next-generation leaders, but also new challenges for talent management.

Cultivate’s A.I. technology will help talent leaders win in the future of work by extracting valuable social signals from workplace digital communication that have, until now, remained invisible, and leverage those signals for organization improvement. With Cultivate, people analytics can now begin to benefit the many leaders inside an enterprise, as opposed to the few who benefit from traditional talent analytics platforms.

Cultivate operates passively, in real-time, providing more complete coverage than a survey platform and effectively eliminating self-reporting bias. In addition, by monitoring progressions in behavior Cultivate offers not just reactive, but predictive insight to help leaders head-off issues before they create churn.

Cultivate’s leadership development platform for managers is just the beginning of our contribution to the future of work; we are actively applying our technology, securely and responsively, to solve people problems at all levels of the enterprise.



Cultivate Leadership Development from Margaret Tomaszczuk on Vimeo.

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