Handshake Acquires European based Talentspace

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The largest early talent network expands its European footprint with Talentspace, a virtual events platform for universities and global employers

SAN FRANCISCO — Handshake, the largest early talent network, announced it has acquired Talentspace, the leading virtual and hybrid recruiting event platform in Europe. Designed to power recruiting events for universities and global employers like Amazon and Porsche, Talentspace will strengthen Handshake’s suite of events products while accelerating the company’s expansion into Europe, where education-to-employment resources and career services offices are limited.

“As Handshake’s first-ever acquisition, Talentspace will strengthen our suite of virtual event offerings and accelerate our entry beyond our UK office and into the larger continental Europe,” said Garrett Lord, founder and chief executive officer of Handshake. “Together, we can help jobseekers build relationships with employers and skills that translate to better career outcomes and economic mobility.”

Handshake has quickly become the go-to place for job seekers to build relationships with recruiting employers through virtual career fairs, group video chats, and 1:1 messaging. In 2021, Handshake hosted nearly 5,000 virtual career events and over 1.7 million relationships were formed on the platform.

“Handshake’s incredible success underscores the long-term staying power of virtual networking and career events,” said Marco Eylert, co-founder of Talentspace. “We are excited to help the team deepen their innovative product set and deliver on our shared mission to expand access to opportunity in Europe.”

Founded in 2017 by Jason Reich, Marco Eylert and Markus Duecker, Talentspace is the most interactive recruiting event platform, innovating on both virtual and hybrid virtual / in-person events. Designed for universities, employers, and industry groups, Talentspace allows individuals and organizations to host any kind of hiring events, from career fairs and networking events for thousands, to 1:1 interviews.

Talentspace will continue to operate independently from its offices in Berlin. For more information, please visit www.joinhandshake.com.

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