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Inploi receives six-figure backing from investors including LinkedIn exec
Posted by Billy Wood on 11 Jan 2017
Digital jobs network inploi has announced it has closed a seed investment round of £250k and welcomed a pair of executives to its team as advisors.
The latest funding, which is a combination of follow-on investment from current investors backed up by individual investors, brings total investment in the company to £450k and follows the official launch of its on-demand staffing platform in December.
Currently unnamed investors included the Chief Executive Officer of a multinational hotel chain, a LinkedIn client executive and a Geneva-based family office have all contributed to the latest investment round, as the startup eyes expansion across the UK.
Founded by Matthew de la Hey and Alex Hanson-Smith, inploi’s platform is aiming to be the LinkedIn for the service economy, providing workers with a medium through which they can apply for jobs and build up a virtual resume thanks to employer reviews and ratings.
The London-based tech startup is also welcoming former Chief Strategy and Marketing & Operations Director of Virgin Games, Ross Sleight, and Chief Executive of Dutch fashion retailer Wehcamp on board as advisors.
Speaking following the app’s launch on iOS, Android and the web, CPO Alex Hanson-Smith said: “Marketplace products are difficult to get right. Staffing, at every level, is something almost every industry has trouble with, incumbent players and new entrants are missing the point in an underserved part of the economy.
"Our product objective is to provide our users with all the information and tools they need to make smarter career or hiring decisions, and fundamentally change the way staffing in the service economy works."