Grey-collar recruitment startup, VOIZ, has raised $2 million in its seed round of funding led by Omidyar Network India along with multiple investors.
VOIZ will use the funding to expand its technology, bring more talent to the platform and expand its market presence.
Founded by Rajesh Bernard, Vineet Patil and Sandeep Nyamati, the Bengaluru-based startup helps organizations connect with grey-collar workers in various job opportunities such as customer service, telephony, sales, data entry, virtual assistance and technical support, among others.
VOIZ said it aims to create job opportunities for more than 3 million grey-collar workers in the next five years. It faces competition from grey-collar recruitment startups – Apna and Able Jobs.
Rajesh Bernard, Co-Founder and CEO of VOIZ, said, “We are excited to partner with Omidyar Network India in our next phase of growth. VOIZ believes the future of work for the grey-collar gig workforce is digital, remote, gig-driven, gamification-enabled, which can have a huge social impact in employing a workforce with limited mobility around the world.”
Vineet Patil, Co-Founder and CBO at VOIZ, said, “Our supply group, which consists of more than 30 women, gives us a big first advantage in providing quality and quantity. Another thing is how jobs are templated to scale significantly, and we’re working on that relentlessly. Technologies in this space will mature over the next 3-5 years and we seem to be in the right place at the right time to disrupt.”
According to a NITI Aayog report, India had 68 Lakh gig workers in the economy in 2020. By 2030, gig workers are expected to grow to 2.35 cr.
Meanwhile, a report by Lightbox states that nearly 300 million workers are engaged in blue- and grey-collar jobs in the country. On the other hand, around 15-20% of professionals are involved in white-collar jobs in the country.