HR SaaS startup Anthill has raised $3 million in a funding round led by Rethink Education. With help from Anthill, companies can connect and retain off-the-shelf employees in manufacturing, distribution, and retail at scale.
Origin Ventures, BBG Ventures, The Fund, and JFF (Jobs for the Future), all participated in the funding round.
In 2020, co-founders Muriel Clauson and Young Jae Kim created Anthill with its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois. Drawing on human science and skills data, Anthill provides a comprehensive platform to accomplish our goal of understanding and growing a deskless workforce.
This group is estimated to make up about 80% of the global workforce.
In the opinion of the two company co-founders, the company’s name and mission are derived from the concept of an anthill. Each person contributes an important role to his or her organization – like an ant.
However, deskless workers seem to be the most overlooked when they are key players in the global ecosystem. Anthill wants to create an opportunity for companies to connect, grow and meet the needs of these workers.
Principal of Rethink Education and Anthill’s newest board member, Ebony Brown, is excited to join and lead the funding round that will help Anthill develop this comprehensive platform and support this deskless workforce.
Origin Ventures partner Scott Stern thinks Anthill is a good solution to a growing need for better HR solutions globally. This new investment will help the company grow its platform, expand its team and better serve the world’s deskless workforce (approximately 2.7 billion people).
While both of Anthill’s founders are studying for PhDs in industrial-organizational psychology, they already have experience working with large corporations and world governments on shaping future organizational strategy.
This startup has already overcome barriers to connecting deskless employees to most large enterprises. Employees will get insights into their skills and opportunities by answering a few questions through the mobile app that Anthill created.
Corporate recruiters can better engage and interact with workers and can deal with retraining or internal migration issues. Drawing on historical data, Anthill provides novel technology that makes predictions about skills, revenue drivers and comparisons in the deskless workforce.