Funding Spurs Global Expansion For CERTN

February 24, 2021

Team members of Victoria-based Certn

VICTORIACertn has just received a substantial funding injection that will enable the company to expand their human risk intelligence solutions operation globally.

The Victoria-based tech startup, founded in 2016, secured a $9.5 million Series A+ funding round – boosting their funding to a total of $43 million in seed capital since 2020.

Certn CEO and Co-founder Andrew McLeod

Certn is a leader in human risk intelligence solutions, focusing on providing real-time comprehensive background checks and ongoing risk monitoring for employees, contractors and tenants around the world. Used by employers, staffing firms, property management companies and the gig economy, Certn returns domestic and international criminal background checks, credit reports, reference checks, education verification, employment verification, motor vehicle records, identity verification and more in minutes.

“Certn is incredibly grateful for the support and funding provided by our capital partners,” states Certn CEO and co-founder Andrew McLeod. “There are simply no other background check programs today that create a simple and positive experience for both organizations and candidates. As Certn continues to expand in geographic reach and hire innovative personnel, faster cross-border background screening will allow the gig and contract economy to flourish on a faster time frame.”
As companies and employees shift to remote hiring and work due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the need for a trusted and intuitive background screening solution continues to grow. In assisting the growth of the global trust economy, Certn’s machine learning technology allows for a seamless screening process that connects individuals to relevant organizations and life changing opportunities.

Training team members

“The move to remote work is accelerating global connections and as the leader in human risk intelligence solutions, our services allow organizations and individuals to not only connect, but also gain trust in one another,” McLeod notes. “With the help of this funding, we can continue to invest in growing our products beyond North America and facilitate trusted connection on a global scale.”
In support of Certn’s global expansion, three funding rounds in 2020 allowed Certn to advance product and solutions development.

The initial seed round in February 2020 was led by Tribe Capital, and included Preface VenturesMoxxie VenturesWeekend FundScribble Ventures and Basement Ventures, for a total of $6.1 million.

In November, Certn secured $27.8 million through the Series A round, led by Inovia Capital, 01 Advisors and included additional funding from Preface Ventures, Scribble Ventures, Moxxie Ventures, Basement Fund, Weekend Fund, Owl Capital and Panache Ventures. The Series A+ round in December secured an additional $9.5 million and was led by Telstra Ventures and B Capital Group, with funding also provided by Cyber Mentor Fund.
Through this funding, Certn has added additional key individuals to expand product strategy and customer success, including Chief Revenue Officer Rory Capern.

Formerly an executive with Google and Twitter Canada, Rory’s background in the mass digital space provides a unique perspective to Certn’s sales, marketing, partnership, and customer success objectives.

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