A startup born on a playground in Chapel Hill is now a top HR technology to watch with a national accelerator under its belt.

Called LineHire, the Durham software company is making it easier for companies of any size to find a short list of qualified candidates for jobs and headhunters to earn money for matching them. It serves as middle ground between job boards and recruiting firms. 

Nearly 70 hiring campaigns have happened on the site since its launch in May 2015, with companies ranging from outdoor retailer REI to European biopharma giant BioMerieux to food distributor Reinhart Food Services. With more than 600 professional recruiters, called “talent scouts”, signed on, LineHire hopes to raise funds and ramp up to 50 campaigns a month by the end of 2016.

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While LineHire has taken advantage of many of the Triangle’s startup resources—fromLaunch Chapel Hill to the NC IDEA application process to free space for grads at Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship’s Bullpen—a key resource has been an Austin accelerator called StartupRunner.

Focused on marketing or “growth hacking”, the program uses a proprietary software tool to help startups that have product-market fit determine the marketing strategies to accelerate their growth.

“We sit a year after most accelerators, where it really comes time to move beyond the early customer and cross the chasm to efficient customer creation,” says StartupRunner founder and managing director Derick Thompson. His goal is to help startups avoid spending a lot of money to find scalable growth.

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