mobileJob receives financing from High-Tech Gründerfonds
December 12, 2014
mobileJob is redefining “mobile recruiting”. The Berlin start-up is one of the innovation leaders in this sector. What makes it so special? Instead of applying for jobs with the usual CV and certificates, candidates apply by SMS or mobile internet. As a result, on average five times and more suitable candidates apply for the job.
Milestone for the new company: Berlin start-up mobileJob (www.mobilejob.com) is receiving follow-up financing to the tune of a mid-six-figure sum from High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF).
HTGF sees significant growth potential in the mobile recruiting sector. mobileJob is shifting the whole application process to mobile devices, and is one of the few players overall that is already offering an integrated mobile recruiting solution. The company specialises in placing blue-collar jobs, such as sales and service staff, apprentices and temps in manufacturing, service industries and retail.
The blue-collar labour market currently faces the greatest difficulty in finding and recruiting sufficient staff. Mobile devices have proved to be the optimal means of communication for making the most of potential applicants.
“90 percent of our target group own a mobile phone and use it on a regular basis. We quickly realised that by shifting both job ads and the whole application process to the mobile device we can create the perfect interface between the employer and potential candidates,” says Steffen Manes, founder and Managing Director of mobileJob. “This financing is an important milestone in our fast, ongoing growth as a company. We are working to build mobileJob into the leading solution for employers and employees in the blue-collar sector.”
mobileJob will invest the funding in building its sales team and the technical development of the platform. Using a software-as-a-service solution, clients can already manage application campaigns individually via a direct company account. Further options for integration with common HR management systems will follow.
With this mobile recruiting solution, mobileJob is opening up a future market. According to a recent study of the job market by “Absolventa” and the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich, young candidates are now switching media for their job search. The report states that 97 percent of job-seekers see mobile job search as an increasingly important part of companies’ recruiting strategies. However, the overwhelming majority of companies currently risk missing this major shift in recruiting trends. mobileJob has grasped the spirit of the time and is pioneering this segment.
“Mobile recruiting is the growth market of the HR sector,” comments Dr. Sebastian Suhr, Investment Manager at High-Tech Gründerfonds. With its mobile applications system, mobileJob is filling a vital gap in the recruiting market and has already demonstrated the success of its recruiting solution with several well-known companies.”
The company is headquartered in Berlin and was founded by Steffen Manes and Kai Daniels in January 2014. Since then the company has already processed more than 2000 job applications. More than 50 Companies in the most important blue-collar sectors such as retail, including multiple retail clients from the EDEKA – and Marktkauf Group and international fashion group UNIQLO, Logistics with Rieck Logistics Group, as well as manufacturer such as packaging manufacturer SIEPE GmbH, Services and Facility Management with GEGENBAUER Holding SE & Co. KG. Among the investors of mobileJob are etventure as well as the High-Tech-Gründerfonds. www.mobilejob.com
Christian van Alphen
Press Officer, mobileJob
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About High-Tech Gründerfonds
High-Tech Gründerfonds invests in young, high potential high-tech start-ups. The seed financing provided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through prototyping and to market launch. Typically, High-Tech Gründerfonds invests EUR 500,000 in the seed stage, with the potential for up to a total of EUR 2 million per portfolio company in follow-on financing. Investors in this public/private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the KfW Banking Group, as well as strategic corporate investors including ALTANA, BASF, Bayer, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Lanxess, media + more venture Beteiligungs GmbH & Co. KG, METRO, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gründerfonds has about EUR 576 million under management in two funds (EUR 272 million HTGF I, EUR 304 million HTGF II).
High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Dr. Sebastian Suhr
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