Your Return To Tech: Meet Our Sponsors
The businesses thinking differently about tech talent

Posted on Sep 27th, 2020 by Natalie

Monday 7th September saw the start of a new cohort of Your Return To Tech welcoming 16 returners who over the course of the next 8 weeks will work on technical projects and connect with forward thinking businesses looking to hire talent - just like them.

but who are these businesses and why have they decided to invest in returner talent?

We're delighted to welcome Alfa, Black Rock, Eigen Technologies and Xero as sponsors for this cohort of Your Return To Tech. Their support of our returners means they will have the opportunity to hire from our cohort of 16 at the end of the eight weeks and during that time they'll learn about their skills, amibtions and get to know them a lot better!

Let's get to know them too!


With over 300 employees worldwide, Alfa is a leading provider of software and services to the global auto and equipment finance industries. Alfa Systems, our technology platform, is at the heart of some of the world's largest asset finance companies. Key to the business case for each implementation is Alfa Systems' ability to consolidate multiple client systems on a single platform. Alfa Systems supports both retail and corporate business for auto, equipment, wholesale and dealer finance on a multijurisdictional basis, including leases/loans, originations and servicing. An end-to-end solution with integrated workflow and automated processing using business rules. With over 30 current clients and 26 countries served, Alfa has been delivering successful projects for our customers since 1990, and is expanding rapidly throughout Europe, North America and beyond.

Here's what they had to say about the programme:

" We think it is a great project to help engineers to get back to work! It is in line with our CSR program and will benefit us by hiring employees with great potential!"


BlackRock offers a range of solutions for institutions, financial professionals and individuals across the UK. From shop assistants in your local stores to national organisations and charities, BlackRock has helped people from the UK take control of their financial security for more than 20 years.

Here's what they had to say about their partnership with Tech Returners

At BlackRock we work together to help more and more people experience financial well-being. We are excited to partner with Tech Returners to help technical professionals return to the workforce and secure their own financial futures.

Eigen Technologies

Eigen is a natural language processing/machine learning B2B software platform company focused on transforming the way companies operate by unlocking the value of their textual data. Having just completed our Series B, Eigen has raised $60m to date and is backed by Goldman Sachs, Temasek, Lakestar, and Dawn Capital.

Whilst Eigen’s platform is general and sector agnostic, it is currently focused on the Financial Services, Legal, and Insurance sectors with clients such as Goldman Sachs, BlackRock, ING Direct, Hiscox, and Allen & Overy.

Based in London and New York, Eigen has over 150 people and is rapidly scaling its operations, people, and customer base.

Here's what they had to say about working together:

With everything going on in the world today, we are rethinking what we can do to ensure we recruit from a truly diverse talent pool. Those wanting to return to our industry after time out face significant challenges and represent a group that is often overlooked by tech companies. We are delighted to be joining the Tech Returners programme in London supporting this brilliant initiative and sponsoring someone's career journey back into their chosen industry."


Born in the cloud, Xero provides a beautiful and easy-to-use cloud-based accounting software service for small businesses and their advisors around the world. Xero connects more than two million subscribers with an ecosystem of over 800 third-party apps and 200 plus connections to banks and financial service providers.

Here's what they had to say about the programme:

One of our values at Xero is 'human', which means being authentic, caring, and inclusive. That extends beyond just feel-good words, but instead really guides how we treat one another and scale our organisation. Partnering with Tech Returners gives us the opportunity to support individuals at every step of their career journey, breaking down the barriers that they face, and showing them that their diverse background is valuable and needed in today's technology fields.

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