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Our Story

The Acceler8 Talent Difference

Born from a desire to disrupt the Boston headhunter scene and rewrite the rulebook when it comes to what a specialist recruiter is expected to be, Acceler8 Talent launched out of our Portland Street Boston office in 2019. The goal was always high performance – both inhouse and in our staffing – and collaborate with companies working at the forefront of some of the most exciting technologies in the world.

We’re proud to partner with firms doing just that in Boston and beyond in our core specialisms and fill permanent and contract assignments in AI and machine learning, hardware acceleration and quantum computing, silicon photonics, and relevant emerging technologies. Our laser focus on these markets allows us to offer unmatched expertise in recruitment and staffing and have a deep awareness of the challenges faced scaling up a team with the right talent as a startup or large business.

Our Credentials

Our origins in the UK as part of the award-winning technology, software, and digital recruitment consultancy Understanding Recruitment means we recognize what it takes to grow a successful technology business. We know what works as we’ve been doing it with industry-leading results since 2007.

Acceler8 Talent is led by COO Matthew Ferdenzi, who took his success building an AI and machine learning staffing division in the UK to Boston and grew a dynamic team of consultants. Our Acceler8 Talent team is on hand to get to know your business and support you in achieving your vision – whether that be delivering on a high-stake project, securing next-level funding, or preparing for the future.

Don’t just take our word for it, see what our clients have to say.

Our Milestones

Greatest Achievements

Rebranded to Acceler8 Talent

An exciting change came in 2021 as we unveiled our brand refresh and Understanding Recruitment Inc became Acceler8 Talent. The rebrand reinforced our ability to deliver high-performing talent for roles within machine learning and emerging technologies and build teams that support businesses to hit their targets.

First U.S. office opened in Boston, MA

​In 2019 we opened our first stateside office in Boston, Massachusetts specialising in Artificial Intelligence and Backend Engineering roles. The Boston office is being led by one of our most successful consultants, Matthew Ferdenzi, who successfully developed a team of six consultants specializing in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning recruitment in the UK and will now be focussing on growing our Boston office.​

Celebrated First Decade in Business

​2018 was a busy year for us! We celebrated our first decade in business and reached 50 employees. We also won ‘Best Staffing Firm to Work for UK’ at the Staffing Industry Analysts SIA Awards for the 3rd consecutive year.​

Expanded UK team

​In 2013 we expanded our UK team and moved to new offices. We also launched Net Promoter Score which later won ‘Innovator of the Year’ at the APSCo awards. Miles Hunt joined as Non-Executive Director.​

Understanding Recruitment Founded

Understanding Recruitment was founded by Chris Jackson and Dale Swords in the United Kingdom. We also made our first deal in 2007.​
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Looking to level up your hiring?

Whether you're looking to bolster your team with individual talent or build a team equipped to drive change in the technology industry, our Acceler8 Talent consultants can help. We adopt tried and tested processes to find and secure talent, just like the innovative technology companies we work with.

Our Values

What Matters To Us

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Our People

Meet Our Team