vision. TALENT. Scale.

The Lab17 enables tech companies to scale their teams, and accelerate their growth.


We specialise in talent expansion, helping businesses hire and retain as they rapidly evolve. 

Developing sustainable teams and strong cultures, we partner with ventures looking to mature to the next stage of growth.








Since revelling in internal acquisition at the heights of Spotify, The Lab17’s founders, Nick Ingall and Simon Bernardino, have been embedded with a people first culture.


Their vital in-house experience formed their internal lens approach on scaling, which is now a proven fundamental of The Lab17’s formula.


We see a gap in the recruitment market that we want to plug

Early stage companies usually have one or more of the following challenges:

  • They don’t have a strong brand in-market to attract the right talent

  • They don’t have the budget to hire a talent team to scale to their needs

  • Using recruitment agencies is expensive - it still involves a lot of admin internally and the agencies don’t always act in your best interests 

  • Hiring the right level TA in Australia is hard! It’s a candidate short market 

We sit somewhere in between an agency and an internal function, where we partner with early stage companies and act as part of their internal team. TL17 is the key pillar behind a company's ability to reach their potential. It’s not just about hiring individuals - it’s about building teams, strategic headcount planning and crafting the organisation. We ensure the ratios are healthy, the priority hires make sense and are being supported through a structured on-boarding process: everyone is set up for success.

meet our partners

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tl17 feedback

Jennifer Mumford - Director of People &
Nikki Vergracht - Senior Software Engine
Kevin McHugh - Director Of Engineering -
Karim Zuhri - Head of Product Marketing
Cassie Gilbert - Agency Lead - Pinterest
Caspar Nixon - Corporate & Product Commu
Jon Wearne - Lead Product Designer - Inv
Mark Schwanethal- Senior Frontend Develo



We believe that Human Experience is essential at every touch point
candidate experience
on/off boarding


Ensuring each candidate is regarded as an individual human being; focusing on understanding, ambiguity, flexibility and freeing their potential. 

"We understand how hard it is to scale teams - we know it's relentless. Focusing on human experience with our partners allows us to embed it into their growth journey. It can help shape their recruitment efforts by allowing a better understanding of their candidate's experience."

Nick Ingall

“There's a lot of vulnerability during the hiring process; a lot of companies forget that it is a human on the other end. They are vulnerable, they need feedback. You need to make each step as human as possible."

Simon Bernardino 

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