Singapore-based commerce for services platform Sendhelper has raised a S$610,000 ($444,000) seed funding round led by Captii Ventures, according to an official statement.
Sendhelper is a mobile e-commerce platform for services in Singapore, which allows individuals, service providers and households to interact, book, and pay for home services with ease.
The company said, the fresh funds will be used to grow its services across markets and also to launch Sendjobs, a B2B platform which will focus on matching employers with job seekers for non-executive positions in industries such as F&B, retail, hospitality, events, logistics and security.
“Our experience in the B2C services segment led us to discover that there was also a constant challenge for Singapore’s employers to fulfill demand for manpower for non-executive positions. It has emerged as a major problem across the globe with the proliferation of the gig economy and the rapidly changing nature of jobs. Thus, we are taking advantage of this large opportunity to introduce Sendjobs and address the pain points of employers out there,” said Sendhelper founder and CEO Rupam Biswas.
Biswas added that Sendjobs was developed as a supplement to Sendhelper and has already on-boarded 500 employers in Singapore in the last five months.
“We are now developing and launching Sendjobs globally as a professional networking platform for the remaining majority of the workforce who do not receive the appropriate support and appreciation on platforms such as LinkedIn today,” Biswas said.
Sendhelper is currently headquartered in Singapore and has teams present in four countries across Asia. The company says it has plans to expand to other markets such the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and South America in the future.
By branching out into the jobs matching space, Sendhelper will face competition from existing players including Qareer Group Asia, which recently raised $4 million from Indonesian media giant Emtek.
Meanwhile, Singapore-based job matching platform GrabJobs recently said that it plans to raise S$5 million ($3.75 million) in a Series A round to fuel expansion to other Southeast Asian countries.