South African start-up closes second round of equity funding

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South African start-up closes second round of equity funding
South African start-up closes second round of equity funding

Giraffe, the automated high-volume recruitment start-up, announced that it has closed a second round of equity funding, led by Edge Growth’s Vumela Fund with participation from Omidyar Network, the Brozin family’s Forever Young Capital and Catapult Trust.

This second funding round comes exactly two years after Giraffe raised seed investment from Omidyar Network, the Silicon Valley venture fund established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. This comes at an opportune time, with South Africa’s new leadership putting job creation at the forefront of the agenda.

Giraffe uses mobile technology and matching algorithms to enable businesses to recruit high volumes of quality, medium-skilled staff faster and more affordably than any other recruitment method, and gives medium-skilled jobseekers more access to opportunities at no cost.

Businesses that need to recruit more than 10 staff per month can submit a simple staff request online at www.giraffe.co.za. Giraffe then uses proprietary matching technology to source and screen relevant candidates within as little as three days from the initial request. As such, Giraffe aims to provide businesses with on-demand access to high volumes of quality candidates, making it ideal for call centres, insurance sales organisations, field sales organisations and other businesses that hire large volumes of staff on a regular basis.


According to Badri Pillapakkam, investment partner at Omidyar Network, Giraffe continues to revolutionise the hiring process in South Africa, especially for medium-skilled workers.

Since launching in 2015, Giraffe has attracted over half a million jobseekers and invited over 150 thousand candidates for interviews.

Edited by: Daniëlle Kruger
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