The fresh funds will be used to grow and innovate the category with better enhanced technology and also to help solve deep operational issues, make strategic acquisitions and partnerships and to build the existing team, the statement said.
The Bengaluru-based startup provides a wide variety of services ranging from maintenance and home repairs to high quality plumbing, electrical, computer repairs and also specialised services in beauty and in-house bridal make-up.
With the new investment, Housejoy aims to be present in more than 10 cities and have 50,000 service providers on the platform to serve 100,000 jobs per day in the near future.
“This round is a great validation of our growth, team strength and ability to execute in these short nine months. We will be build out our team aggressively and are open to partner with companies in the ecosystem to deliver customer delight,” said Saran Chatterjee, CEO of Housejoy.
This is, however, not the first time that Amazon has invested in an Indian startup in a bid to diversify its offerings beyond product commerce. It has already invested in startups like BankBazaar and gift card technology and retail firm QwikCilver.
“Housejoy seeks to provide customers with a differentiated experience in shopping for home services. This aligns with our mission in India – to transform the way India buys and sells. We are excited to back the housejoy team that shares our obsession for inventing on behalf of customers with a long term focus,” said Amit Agarwal, vice-president and country manager at Amazon India.
Started by online bookstore BookAdda’s founder Arjun Kumar and Sunil Goel a year ago, Housejoy raised $4 million in series A funding from Matrix Partners in June this year. It competes with the likes of LocalOye, Timesaverz, UrbanPro, Taskbob and Qyk in its space.
Housejoy claims to be growing at a rapid pace on a month-on-month basis and is currently fulfilling more than 4000 orders a day. The startup has partnered with more than 10,000 service providers across eleven cities on its platform, and recently expanded operations to Chandigarh as well.