Included nabs $3.5m seed

Included, an DEI people experience platform, has raised $3.5 million in seed funding.

Included, an DEI people experience platform, has raised $3.5 million in seed funding. Trilogy Equity Partners led the round.


SEATTLE, May 19, 2022 – Today, groundbreaking DEI people experience platform, Included, announced it has raised a seed round of $3.5M and has achieved +400 percent growth in annual recurring revenue YTD. The people experience platform leverages artificial intelligence for sophisticated and modern insights to help companies make strategic hiring decisions. The seed round was led by Trilogy Equity Partners with participation from Flying Fish Partners, SignalFire and Alumni Ventures.

Included will use the funding to scale its engineering team and support Engineering, Product, Marketing and Sales to achieve its mission to become the end-to-end solution organizations use to effectively manage their DEI performance and strategy. The platform unlocks real-time, data-powered insights for companies looking to diversify talent pools and retain top talent through actionable insights. Included AI-powered recommendations help recruiters with diversity sourcing, diverse interview slates, and hiring panels while helping TA executives with workforce planning. Included seamlessly integrates with all applicant tracking software and HRIS systems.

“Traditional HR software was not designed with DEI in mind, making it difficult for companies to spot and support employees who statistically tend to slip through the cracks,” said Raghu Gollamudi, co-founder and CEO of Included. “Rapid technology advancements have allowed us to course correct and provide companies with modern tools for today’s workforce. Our customers understand that DEI opportunities are essential to delight and retain diverse talent and we’ve made it easy to get it done.”

Building on its success, Included looks forward to working with Trilogy Equity Partners to scale the company and leveraging Alumni Network’s expansive network to assist with customer acquisition. The company previously raised $1.9 million in a pre-seed funding round led by Flying Fish Partners, SignalFire and Ascend.