What is Haystack?

We understand how difficult, time-consuming, and costly it is for employers to find the right accountant. Companies and recruiters struggle to find qualified candidates, and many university graduates are not yet prepared for the workforce of the 21st

Enter Haystack.

Haystack is an online platform that contains our signature online accounting course, the African Accounting Academy, as well as other industry-relevant training. But more than that, it develops a network of job-ready accountants that employers and recruiters can easily access.

Through practical and job-relevant training, we equip students with the skills required to excel in an accounting role. Once we are confident our graduates are job-ready, we match them with employment opportunities.

The Haystack Database houses all of our student data – contact information, education, experience, as well as Haystack test scores. Recruiters and potential employers access the Haystack Database to find their next hire, drastically reducing time and cost associated with the recruitment process.

We also offer Haystack Assessments, which are online technical assessments we can administer to your candidates to ensure they have the technical knowledge and practical skills needed for the role you are looking to fill. These low-cost assessments will help you narrow down which candidates you’d like to interview.

Who are we?

We are a team of professional accountants from Canada who founded FinanceYOU, an accounting consulting and professional development firm operating across East Africa since 2017. Over the past two years, we’ve helped a wide range of clients in East Africa navigate their accounting challenges. We understand the unique challenges companies (and accountants!) face in the region.

In 2018, we launched the African Accounting Academy, an innovative training program to develop the next generation of accountants in Africa. Our training program bridges the gap between university education and the workforce, focusing on practical skills and application of accounting fundamentals. Our first cohort of graduates are now in the workforce, working at audit firms, banks, start-ups and not-for-profit organizations around Rwanda.

In 2019, we launched Haystack, which takes our training programs one step further, by creating a network of competent accounting professionals that recruiters and employers can tap into to  find their next hire in a quick and cost-effective way. 


Erin Godard





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