KarirLab, an Indonesia-based online platform connecting students and campuses with hiring employers, has announced its pre-seed funding from Alpha JWC and M Venture Partners, with participation from angel investors.

KarirLab said in a statement on Monday that the pre-seed round will enable KarirLab to accelerate its product development, expand its team, and establish strategic partnerships with leading universities and employers.

The funding will also fuel KarirLab’s platform enhancement, ensuring seamless student and employer experience to cater to the evolving needs of the job market.

With the backing of this pre-seed round, KarirLab said it is well-positioned to revolutionize career management platforms and drive meaningful change in the higher education and job sectors.

The company is now actively seeking to integrate latest AI-based innovations and forge strategic partnerships to develop a more personalized career development platform.

According to the statement, the company aims to become the number one first-jobbers career services platform in Indonesia, eyeing millions of active university, polytechnic, and other higher-education institutions students and fresh graduates.

“The hardship of early career recruiting is a pain point shared by many. With this pre-seed round, KarirLab is positioned to fulfill our potential in partnering with universities and employers at scale,

“We are excited to empower the next generation of young professionals and revolutionize career services and management in Indonesia to propel more quality graduates and career opportunities,” said Tessa Saraswati, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of KarirLab said.

As of the first half of 2023, KarirLab has clocked in hundreds of thousands of users and has posted thousands of jobs from hundreds of different organizations across Indonesia.

The firm has hosted numerous live and virtual career events in collaborations with universities with 20,000+ participating students combined, such as KarirFest by KarirLab and UI Career Internship Scholarship Expo 2023, and various partnerships with government, employers, and leading campuses in Indonesia.

KarirLab is an online platform connecting students and universities with hiring employers in Indonesia.

The firm bridges the gap between the students, universities, and employers ecosystem by providing a comprehensive and streamlined career development and management platform.

The firm was founded by Tessa Saraswati, Stephanus Wicardo, and William Surya Wijaya, who collectively believes that every student of every background should have access and resources to help them build a solid foundation in navigating the job market, such as having an effective resume and professional branding, as early as possible.

Headquartered in Jakarta, the platform has a reach across the country, an emerging economy with 8 million active university students.

The firm aims that aspiring first jobbers of every background have the access and resources to help them build a solid foundation in navigating the job market.

It offers products for individual profile evaluation, ATS-friendly resume builder, curated job vacancy portal, and career and talent management.

KarirLab was incubated at Yale University in 2021 and is an active supporter of Indonesia’s Ministry of Education & Culture’s Kampus Merdeka and Ministry of Manpower’s TalentHub program.

“As Indonesia enters the period of demographic bonus, KarirLab is strategically positioned to be a driving force in shaping the future of the modern Indonesia talent ecosystem,” said Jefrey Joe, General Partner of Alpha JWC.

According to him, KarirLab’s comprehensive and streamlined approach places the firm in a prime position to connect millions of students and universities by advancing and serving as growth partner for career services, effectively bridging a critical gap in the talent market.

By providing students from diverse backgrounds with access to resources for building a solid foundation in navigating the job market, he said KarirLab is poised to leave a lasting impact.

“We take great pride in our investment in KarirLab’s pre-seed round, empowering them to accelerate product development, expand their team, and forge strategic partnerships,

“Through these efforts, KarirLab will pave the way for a more seamless and efficient talent ecosystem in Indonesia,” he added.

Mayank Parekh, Founding Partner at M Venture Partners (MVP), also said KarirLab is solving a big problem for millions of unemployed youth in Indonesia.

“The team has unique insights gathered from their past experiences, and they are leveraging that to build a tech-enabled platform that eliminates barriers between students, career centers, and employers through proprietary career services and on-campus recruiting software,” he added.

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