Emerging Tech Company of the Year Awarded to PAIRIN – Recognized as the Most Promising Tech Company in Colorado

PAIRIN was announced as the Emerging Tech Company of the Year at the 17th Annual APEX Awards hosted by the Colorado Technology Association. The APEX Awards recognizes Colorado’s technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. The Emerging Tech Company designation, sponsored by EKS&H, is awarded to Colorado’s most promising technology company in operation for 5 years or less. Companies are evaluated based on the initiative it took in creating, promoting or advancing their offering; the technical innovation; the need in the marketplace for the product or service; and the level of acceptance by customers.

“We are incredibly honored to accept this award,” said Michael Simpson, PAIRIN Co-founder and CEO. “Colorado’s tech community is uniquely supportive and has been the perfect environment for our company to grow and flourish. This recognition encourages our team to keep striving for the day when competency-based hiring and education are the norm and people are given opportunities based on their ability to perform, rather than just choosing the right words on a résumé,” Michael added.

PAIRIN uses friendly science to personalize career exploration, hiring and professional development. The company recently launched its online personalized soft skills curriculum which includes 300 micro-lessons designed to address 54 different soft skills. Proficiency in soft skills are 75% of what businesses deem required for success in a job role or program, which has led to a growing importance of closing the skills gap and filling critical job roles for the future. PAIRIN addresses these market needs across its product line and services.

PAIRIN is also the recent award winner of the 2017 Denver Chamber of Commerce’s Start-Up of the Year Award and was selected as a 2017 Colorado Companies to Watch winner.


PAIRIN is a social enterprise software company whose mission is to make education relevant and hiring equitable. The PAIRIN Readiness Management SystemTM is the world’s first industry independent cloud-based solution for integrating soft skills development and matching into any program or company. PAIRIN continues to lead the skills-based talent pipeline evolution for education and industry. Find out more at www.PAIRIN.com.