Amber Wanner

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Location: Philadelphia, PA
Founded: 2014
Industry: Technology and professional services

Amber Wanner
Founder and CEO

CandiDate

“CandiDate has taken the craft of recruiting and combined it with the art of matchmaking,” says founder and CEO Amber Wanner. The idea is to fulfill the aspect of each candidate’s life that hasn’t yet been fulfilled, whether that is finding a job, a date or both.

Fun Fact: Wanner was 22 years old when she started CandiDate.

“I came from a recruiting background and found that my candidates would say, ‘You found me this awesome job, now I’m in a great place in my life — if only I had someone to share my life with,’” says Wanner. “I had tons of extra data about my candidates, so it just made sense to help them in their personal life as well as their professional life.” With its unique approach, CandiDate hopes to get job seekers to come to Philadelphia and stay, especially those who will be working in the tech industry.

“Nothing can prepare you for what you’re about to experience in the journey that is being an entrepreneur,” says Wanner. “I think really comprehending the fact that you can’t control things that are out of your control has been the biggest thing for me. Surrounding yourself with people who have been through this journey before and can relate to the emotional roller coaster is very important in keeping your sanity during the difficult times.”