Hello America! Joining the Alchemist

Do you ever wake up feeling something great is going to happen to you during the day? That’s the feeling I had last Wednesday morning. I knew the Alchemist accelerator results were due the night before. Although I knew we had a chance, I wasn’t overly confident having been rejected when we applied last. I decided however to trick my mind into believing an email had come saying: “Congratulations, you guys are rockstars and your product is dope”. This was the actual email:

and my reaction:

So why the Valley?

It starts with our ambition. My co-founders, Emmanuel and Barry, and I have always considered Dubai as a lab for what we think could have a global impact on the way recruitment is done. We have been able to experiment and make mistakes on a relatively tricky talent market. We knew however the local market even extended to the region wasn’t big enough. Visage’s ideal client is indeed one that requires to attract the top 10% of the talent market. It’s a client who operates in a candidate driven market where it is required to pro-actively target passive talent.

There is a reason why 98% of the unicorns are born in the Valley. This place has the most extraordinary concentration of brains, energy, and venture money.

We know it’s a cut throat place where winners take all. We embrace that. We don’t want to build another lifestyle average business. We want to revolutionise the way recruitment is done allowing talent and opportunities to connect instantly.

And the Alchemist?

We couldn’t dream of a better launchpad than the Alchemist for Visage. They only accept B to B startups and take them through a 6 months program designed to facilitate access to enterprise clients, mentors and, investors. They only take small cohorts (we will be 9 startups). The Alchemist track record is extraordinary. They’ve actually topped a survey ranking the accelerators by funding their graduates receive. Their startups median fund raise is twice higher than YC.

We are due to join the program on the 30th of November but we’ve already been connected to 3 mentors. My first mentorship session is with the former CEO of a freelance platform everybody knows…

So what now?

We are now busy preparing our acceleration program. It means making sure we carry on our growth in the Middle-East servicing clients. We are also closing a bridge round which will give us the ammunitions required to push our tech and marketing before graduating the Alchemist.

Feel free to reach out if you would like to participate in the venture. We need talent, smart money, and encouragements!

Joss Leufrancois is the co-founder & CEO of crowdsourced recruiting platform,Visage.