GRIT EDITION THREE - Flipbook - Page 25
TURNING AN INDUSTRY PAIN
POINT INTO AN OPPORTUNITY
CLASS OF 2020
Airudi’s virtual HR assistant, Pam, helps companies make better (and
faster) decisions by applying AI that learns from HR best practices,
laws and past data to provide efficient, automated and improved
Co-founded by Amanda Arciero & Pape Wade; Next AI - Montreal
VP of Operations Amanda (right) holds both a BASc and Masters in Labor and Industrial
Relations from the University of Montreal. She brings deep professional experience in HR
and sales to scaling Airudi. CEO Pape (left) also brings an education and experience in HR
to their partnership. The two met while working at Drakkar and Associates in Montreal.
HOW DID YOU BECOME CO-FOUNDERS?
We have known each other for 5 years and used
to be colleagues. As HR professionals, we often discussed our shared passion for helping people and
organizations to achieve their full potential everyday.
HR is about helping organizations, improving professional development plans, and focusing on people. However, we quickly realized that the reality was
different: HR is admin-oriented. Unfortunately, many
companies still rely on manual methods or outdated
information to draw insights from data. This creates a
bottleneck when trying to make timely and effective
decisions. We connected on the realization that this
needed to change, which resulted in the creation of
WHAT PROBLEM ARE YOU SOLVING AND WHAT’S
We believe automation provides reliability, consistency, speed and cost benefits that are unmatched.
HR professionals who don’t use automation for tasks
such as payroll, applicant tracking, training, compli-
ance, analytics reporting, job postings and more
say they lose an average of 32 hours a week
completing these tasks manually.
Through our virtual assistant Pam, Airudi has
helped do away with unnecessary bureaucracies,
management tasks and labor relations’ complex
research that stalls effective personnel management. By enabling HR professionals and managers with instant access to HR expertise, it frees
up time to manage employees as people and
subsequently enhance their productivity.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN A HEALTHY
We are honest with each other and keep it
real. We are aligned in terms of our personal
values, and always prioritize effective communication within the team. Entrepreneurs who are
looking for co-founders should seek out those
with similar values and a common passion, ideally, complementary to each other.
We have all been
impacted by this unprecedented
Nous sommes tous touchés par cette crise
Pape is a visionary,
crisis. As proud builders, we’ll rise up again and
sans précédent. En fiers bâtisseurs, portés par
forward in solidarity. The time has come to
Amanda is result- un grand élan de solidarité, nous saurons nous
look to the future.
relever et aller de l’avant. Le moment est venu
oriented, and very passionate.
de nous tourner vers l’avenir.
We are ready to spread our wings.
Tous ensemble, déployons nos ailes.