Jakarta-based human resource technology platform Ekrut today announced that it has raised an undisclosed seed funding from East Ventures, which recently announced its fifth fund for Southeast Asian startups.
Launched in September 2016, Ekrut is a curated marketplace for employers and qualified talents. The platform automates headhunting processes that begin from making search requests, searching potential candidates, delivering talent profiles, and setting interviews, eliminating back and forth email with delayed responses.
In a press statement, CEO and Co-Founder Steven Suliawan stated that the platform is able to make headhunting process shorter.
“Traditionally, in headhunting the whole process until an offer is sent takes about eight weeks, depending on the headhunter. Using the right technology and marketplace model, offer letter delivery can be reduced to about four weeks,” he explains.
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The startup was founded by Suliawan, Ardo Gozal and Anthony Kusuma.
Suliawan was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at East Ventures who used to run a loyalty-programme startup; he first saw the need for a platform like Ekrut during his past experiences. Gozal combined his past experiences as an owner of a toy marketplace startup and headhunter at Monroe Consulting, while Kusuma had experiences in digital marketing and product development from various companies and startups. Kusuma had also conducted some headhunting process with previous employers.
Ekrut claimed to have secured over 30 tech-based companies as clients, including Tokopedia, Go-Jek, and Orami. It also claimed to have curated more than 1,000 talents in its database and direct network, and have managed “strong revenue growth” at 100 per cent month-on-month.
East Ventures itself had previously invested in other human resource technology platforms such as Talenta.
e27 has been reaching out to Ekrut to find out more details about their plans.
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