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Techstars Iowa alum QuickHire raises $1.4 million investment round

QuickHire, a Kansas-based career discovery platform working with service workers to find job and advancement opportunities, announced today an oversubscribed $1.41 million financing round, led by MATH Venture Partners.

The funding will go towards technology investments and team expanding the company’s team, led by co-founders Deborah Gladney and Angela Muhwezi-Hall.

This round also included participation from Sandalphon Capital, KCRise Fund, October Minority Impact Fund, Tenzing Capital Ventures, Accelerate Venture Partners, Sixty8 Capital, Ruthless for Good, Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund, and ETF@JFFLabs.

“We spoke to a variety of investors during this oversubscribed round,” said Gladney. “This incredible syndicate represents who we are and where we want to go. From minority-focused funds to future of work expertise, this group truly aligns with our vision and strategies.”

Gladney and Muhwezi-Hall officially launched QuickHire in April 2021. Shortly after launching, the company was accepted into the 2021 Techstars Iowa accelerator, which took place in Des Moines earlier this year.

“Nearly 110 million people in the U.S. work in the service industry, yet, employment technology innovations primarily cater to white-collar jobs,” wrote the company in a release announcing the round. “Given the service worker shortages across the county, we are helping workers and companies connect not just for a job, but for a career.”

Today, the company has more than 60 paying clients and more than 11,000 job seekers on its platform. Currently, QuickHire targets workers and businesses in the metro areas of Wichita and Kansas City. The company plans to expand across the Midwest and add skilled-labor verticals in 2022.

“We see the QuickHire team approaching the market differently — putting skilled trade and service workers first in geographies that have been traditionally overlooked,” says Dana Wright, managing partner at MATH Venture Partners. “The timing is right for this approach. We are excited to be part of this funding round, providing fuel for product innovation and market expansion.”

The $1.4 million funding round makes Gladney and Muhwezi-Hall only two of roughly 100 black women to raise more than $1 million in venture funding as of December 2020, according to a report published by ProjectDiane.

“We are underserved founders serving underserved workers. The more barriers we can remove, the more opportunity we can unleash for deserving, hard-working people,” said Muhwezi-Hall.

QuickHire is free for job seekers with business plans starting at $199 a month. All tiered payment options include job postings, candidate screenings, scheduling features, candidate matching, and talent management tools.

The company is now hiring and currently has three positions listed on its careers page.

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Techstars Iowa Accelerator Announces 2021 Class

Techstars Iowa alum QuickHire raises $1.4 million investment round | Clay & Milk
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