Singapore’s Sendhelper raises $444k seed funding led by Captii Ventures

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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.

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Singapore Reporter/s

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Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.