September 8, 2021

First Bot On WhatsApp For Hyperlocal Jobs Raises $140K From SucSEED

Jobsgaar Technologies, world’s first hyperlocal job finding platform has secured an undisclosed amount in fund raise from Hyderabad headquartered SucSEED Indovation Fund and other marquee Angels as part of its seed round. Jobsgaar started in May 2020 by Atul Pratap Singh, addresses job loss impact due rising migration trends within the country and helps employers seamlessly connect with the workforce at their native place.

This seed round will help Jobsgaar establish its proof of concept and fund its product development and growth plan. The group of Angel investors includes marquee names like Mr. Rohit Chanana, Mr. Jasminder Singh Gulati, Ms. Poonam Kaul, Mr. Sunil Kamath, Mr. Mandeep Singh and Ms. Gunjan Paharia.

Jobsgaar World’s First Bot on WhatsApp for hyperlocal jobs raises $140K from SucSEED Indovation

Atul Pratap Singh, the Founder and CEO of Jobsgaar said, “We either see masses trooping in large cities in search of work opportunities or likely staying back at their place of origin doing odd jobs forever, driven by necessities. On the other hand, there is a section of employers, small scale businesses, enterprises, MSMEs and millions of other unorganized pursuits struggling every day to find a local workforce for their job responsibilities. All of these people rely either upon word of mouth, referrals, verbal commitment or classified ads. Jobsgaar is an endeavour to digitally enable this community of people to connect and minimize the void between a local employer and a primary job hunter.”

Jobsgaar has been focussing on around 15 districts from UP and Bihar to explore the potential. From these towns, we’ve been able to onboard 10,100+ jobseekers and 170+ employers with over 6,500 connections/conversations in between employers and jobseekers. “What is enticing for us is that over 65% of these jobseekers are graduates and about 14% have a post-graduate or equivalent degree. Candidates with qualifications up to 10+2 stand currently at around 21%. The average age of the jobseekers is 27 years.” mentioned Atul.

“On the experience front, 37% of jobseekers have an experience range between 1-4 years. 23% have work experience of over 5 years. 40% of the jobseekers in these towns are freshers. On the employer side, 62% of the posted jobs are for the white-collar workforce and only 38% are for the blue-collar workforce. This is opposite to a popular belief that small towns mostly have blue-collar jobs. On average, an employer has posted a minimum of two jobs on the platform in a short span of time despite Covid-19-related lockdowns. The average salary offered against these posts is INR 15,500, which is a pretty decent figure.” He added.

According to Boston Consulting Group, there are 90M jobs in India’s non-farm economy and 65% of the graduate workforce is always looking for a job. BCG estimates that the gig economy has the potential to service up to 90 million jobs in India’s non-farm economy alone, transact over USD 250 billion in volume of work, and contribute an incremental 1.25 percent (approximately) to India’s GDP over the long term.

He further added that, “With our core focus on technology, we’d like to bridge the gap between local workers who move away from their hometowns to earn a livelihood and employers who need to hire a workforce without any delay, with a simple solution. This seed fund will help us accomplish this vision.”

Speaking on why they have invested in Jobsgaar, Dhiraj Kumar Sinha, Co-Founder & Partner of SucSEED Indovation Fund, said, “Talent Recruitment is a big challenge in Tier 2 – 4 cities and towns. We believe it is easy to adopt Jobsgaar’s technology. This can lead to the rekindling of localised economies and increase employment by enabling micro-entrepreneurs to scout talent effortlessly. This would further ensure that Tier-1 Cities are not overcrowded, and job opportunities are made available closer to home”.

Angel Investor Jasminder Singh Gulati said, “Enabling jobseekers in Bharat, without the complex process of creating elaborate resumes and instantly matching with prospective employers is a critical problem to solve. Being able to do it over WhatsApp makes it remarkably interesting. COVID19 has driven many to find work closer to their extended families, and Jobsgaar is well placed to make this happen.”

Market Potential

Employers today in geographies beyond major cities publish classifieds in vernaculars, costing them around $15-20. An alternate solution is with HR consultants in tier-2 cities, charging around 4-8% of the total CTC of the post. This is exorbitant. Moreover, classified adverts or consultants only ever manage to get you applications, leaving employers with the hard task to deep-dive in filtering and shortlisting candidates. On the other hand, Jobsgaar automates this entire process, with employers only needing to speak with shortlisted candidates and make smart decisions.

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About Jobsgaar: New Delhi based Jobsgaar was started in May 2020 by Atul Pratap Singh, with a vision to create an impact on migration trends within the country & help employers seamlessly connect with the workforce at their native place.

Problem(s) that Jobsgaar is addressing: – Workforces in India move outside their district of birth or residence for work opportunities—be it for semi formal or formal jobs. The migration starts from villages to the large city centers, surpassing their own birth districts, driven by necessity. On the other hand, the businesses/small enterprises/ MSME’s & millions of unorganized players struggle to find ‘local workforce’ and rely heavily upon word of mouth & classified ads. This ‘void’ between the local employer & workforce needs to be filled by digitally enabling them to connect. To know more visit Jobsgaar

About SucSEED Indovation Fund: SucSEED Indovation Fund is an AIF Cat-1 Venture Capital Angel Fund with 100 crore corpus and has grown out of SucSEED Angel Network (SAN) and IIITH Tech Ventures, an early-stage tech seed initiative with IIIT Hyd Foundation. General Partners and Team members of Indovation Fund have 100+ years of cumulative experience within technology, fund management, and startup ecosystem and have already invested in 45+ companies and is a team of proven Industry leaders in Tech & Entrepreneurship, venture capital investment, risk management, and funds and transaction management, joined together for the sole purpose of bringing tech innovation to the market with their engagement and growth mentoring. To know more visit SucSEED Indovation Fund.

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