Pangea.app, a Providence, Rhode Island-based start-up has actually raised a $400,000 pre-seed round, it informed TechCrunch this week. The business’s new capital, raised as a post-money SAFE, comes from PJC, a Boston-based equity capital company and Underdog Labs. Formerly, Pangea.app raised money from angel investors.
The company links “remote college freelancers,” per its site, to businesses around the country. University student want paid work and resume-building experience, while businesses require assist with piece-work that students can assist with, like graphic design. Today, with universities and colleges closing due to COVID-19, trainees stuck at home, and numerous businesses leery about including brand-new, full-time personnel,
Pangea.app could find itself in a market sweet spot. Some trainees that had work lined up for the summertime are now unexpectedly complimentary, possibly adding to the start-up’s labor rolls. “I can’t tell you the number of students I have actually spoken with who have had summer internships and on-campus jobs canceled,” Adam Alpert, Pangea.app’s CEO and co-founder told TechCrunch, “we are filling an important space assisting them discover short-term, remote opportunities that enable them to contribute while learning.”
Pangea.app CEO Adam Alpert and CTO John Tambunting The firm could see fast development if its marketing position resonates as its CEO hopes. According to Alpert the company has actually seen five figures of contracts flow through its platform to date, and expects to reach a gross merchandise volume run rate that’s a numerous of its current size by the end of summer.
Some 250 schools have trainees on the platform; 60 schools have participated in the last three weeks.
Pangea.app generates income in two ways, taking a 15% cut of deal volume and charging some business a SaaS fee for access to its best-vetted trainee workers. The business had targeted a $500,000 raise, an amount that Alpert states he’s confident that his business can satisfy.
While the national economy stutters and the venture capital world slows, Pangea.app might have gotten capital at a propitious time; raising capital is just going to get harder as the year continues and it now has enough to run for a year without generating income; it will generate top line, nevertheless, extending its money cushion.
Pangea.app desires more than just development. Alpert informed TechCrunch that it has a variety of development-focused hires on the docket for 2020, including a UI/UX designer and engineering skill. The business also means to utilize its own platform to staff up over the summer to assist accelerate its own development.
Being based in Providence, not exactly the center of the world’s startup gravity, might have some advantages for Pangea.app. The company stated that it is working to reach break-even profitability before it works on the next part of its company. It’s simpler to do that in Providence where the expense of living and operating is far lower than it is in bigger start-up centers.
Update: The round was a pre-seed investment, not a seed offer as originally reported. The post has been corrected.
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