UK-based fintech startup, Harriet, has raised £1.2m in a pre-seed round led by Concept Ventures and backed by Frontline Ventures, Portfolio Ventures, and Notion Capital. A common bottleneck for companies hoping to adopt AI tools is ineffective data management, which can limit efficiencies across the board. To address this issue, Harriet has created a revolutionary HR-focused AI solution that assists with data organisation. Harriet achieves this by scanning an organisation’s existing policies and documents, highlighting any issues, and guiding users to clean up their data. Harriet is also designed to serve as a personal HR assistant for every employee, streamlining processes with features such as leave booking and company policy updates. Co-founder and CEO of Harriet, Cecily Motley, said the company enables staff and people teams to receive instant support “with all the major tech players racing to build” similar support mechanisms.
This proposed solution offers a distinct advantage to companies seeking to streamline HR processes while still leveraging AI capabilities. Specifically, it automates or simplifies a host of menial activities, giving HR teams additional bandwidth to focus on higher-level policy and culture-related activities. Furthermore, it offers an anonymous way to gather sensitive company information, ensuring employee inquiries are received and addressed in a discreet and timely manner. Building on this, Harriet promises to enhance companies’ AI-readiness by strengthening their data foundation, ensuring that they can successfully implement AI solutions to streamline their business practices.
Harriet’s founders are former startup CEOs Cecily Motley and David Buxton. Motley believes that many businesses have yet to catch up to the reality of AI-powered assistants, stating that “Harriet has been designed to clean up data, get companies onto the right track, and then offer the daily assistance staff and People teams are looking for”. Harriet’s solution is already lauded for its user-friendliness and extended support as evidenced by its integration with popular HR tools such as Slack and HRIS. The innovative feature set Harriet offers makes it a valuable tool for companies looking to embrace AI while improving their own internal processes.