CareerLunch has raised 1.1 million francs in a second funding round. At the end of September 2020, the startup had obtained 150,000 francs from Venture Kick. On LinkedIn, the company thanks the Zurich venture capitalist Wingman Ventures for its part in leading the financing round. It also thanks the business angels Joachim Schoss, founder of Scout24 AG, David Studer, founder of Xovis AG, and Ronald Zemp, founder of notime AG, for their investments and strategic support. The new board is composed of Joachim Schoss and Lukas Weder from Wingman Ventures, Ronald Zemp and the two CareerLunch founders Simon Hofer and Konstantin Nesterov.
On the digital CareerLunch platform, job seekers are paired with the LinkedIn profiles of employees at companies they are interested in joining, enabling them to come together for a virtual or in-person informal lunch meeting. “The new investor network and funds will boost us on our journey to become the career matchmaker of choice for talent and employers on a global scale,” said CEO Simon Hofer in an article on Venture Kick.
CareerLunch was founded in 2019 out of university by Simon Hofer (University of St. Gallen) and Konstantin Nesterov (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich). Their aim was to give potential hires and employers more authentic opportunities to get to know each other. Early customers include dozens of well-known multi-national companies, such as Accenture, Microsoft, Deloitte, Zurich, Dr. Oetker and Swiss Life.