StaffAny, has raised $1 Mn in seed funding round led by technology investment firm FreakOut Holdings, Inc. and angel investors.
The list of angel investors include Kenji Niwa, an HR tech entrepreneur, and Lim Qing Ru, Kwok Yang Bin and Royston Tay, co-founders of Zopim, a live-chat software company acquired by Zendesk in 2014.
Founded in 2018 by four friends and alumni of the National University of Singapore (NUS) Overseas Colleges (NOC) Program, StaffAny is a workforce management application that connects HR and operations to better manage hourly workers, which are typically found in the labour-starved food and beverage (F&B) and retail sectors. Founders Janson Seah, Jeremy Hon, Lee Kai Yi and Eugene Ng plan to use the recently raised funds to support its growth and expansion plans.
Yuzuru Honda, Founder & Global CEO of FreakOut Holdings, Inc. shared, “We believe that StaffAny is aligned with our vision of creating better value in the world through their advanced technology in building a connected workforce.”
According to a 2018 labour report by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM), there are over 735,000 hourly workers in the F&B and retail sectors and another 230,000 part-timers. The huge market presents an opportunity for StaffAny, but how the one-year old startup pitches its solutions to the employers and makes them see why and how using their technologies will help them shall determine their future.
Supported by NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of NUS, StaffAny aspires to build the easiest workforce management tool in Southeast Asia, bringing a smile to hourly workers and their managers. But first, they aim to get 10 percent of Singapore's F&B market share, and then expand overseas.