Frontline and essential workers have been placed front and center in the public spotlight in recent months. Healthcare workers, grocery store clerks, and of course, the countless warehouse workers at fulfillment centers working overtime have quite literally kept our society afloat as the world shifted into shelter-in-place mode during COVID-19.
As the very first digital workplace designed specifically for frontline workers, we are committed to building a safer, more agile, and more productive workplace for essential employees. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce this additional $10 million in funding to our Series B, as it will enable us to grow and expand even faster, and help connect more frontline workers around the world. We are eager to work closely with our teams, customers, partners, and backers as we continue to shape the future of work for frontline employees!
We take it as a tremendous vote of confidence that we have this type of backing in the current economic environment. We are using this opportunity to invest in innovation and expand our feature set to make our customers’ work lives easier, safer, and more enjoyable.
One of our customers from Wireless Vision reflects on how Beekeeper has helped them connect their large, distributed workforce and centralize information.
“Our teams can easily communicate with the entire field, rather than relying on email or conference calls which no one pays attention to. We create streams where important information lives and it drastically reduces the amount of time spent searching for the items we need daily. We also use Beekeeper to connect all of our other apps so we have instant access to reviews, commissions, sales reports, recognition sites, HR sites, policy documents, and more!”– Juan Rojas, VP of HR, Wireless Vision
This is why we do what we do.
Energize Ventures Leads The Extension Round
This series B extension was led by Energize Ventures, with additional investments from HighSage Ventures, SwissCanto, Thayer, Swisscom, Investiere, Alpana Ventures, and Swiss Post. The total investment for the Series B extension was $10 million, which brings the round’s total to $60 million.
Juan Muldoon, Partner at Energize Ventures, explains why the firm strongly felt that now was the right time to up their initial investment, and continue fueling Beekeeper’s growth.
“Technology that supports frontline workers is more important than ever. We have long believed that Beekeeper is setting the standard for how the modern frontline workforce operates and communicates, but the current crisis has given new urgency to Beekeeper’s mission. Industries with largely deskless workforces – like energy and manufacturing – are digitizing at an accelerating pace, and we believe that this digital transformation is here to stay.”
A New World, A New Beekeeper: Big Changes on the Horizon
In conjunction with our Series B extension, our product team has been busy making some major changes to Beekeeper to continue to improve the employee experience for the frontline workforce.
That’s right! Beekeeper 2.0 is officially underway.
What Is Beekeeper 2.0?
Beekeeper 2.0 includes:
- Home: a new entry point for the app, providing access to all the most relevant information, data, and processes for every frontline worker.
- Automated translations into 100+ languages for all content in the platform, including chat messages, surveys, and company-wide confirmation campaigns.
- Digital forms and workflows for everyday business processes.
- Custom FAQ chatbots to answer questions on demand, and at scale in any language.
- Out-of-the-box integrations with SharePoint and popular shift scheduling software to make essential work information available to everyone, immediately.
With the closing of our Series B extension round, we are excited to continue growing and expanding our footprint in frontline-driven industries. We are honored to be able to support and connect essential workers during this time. And finally, we are grateful for the opportunity to continue our mission of connecting the unconnected and making life easier for the world’s two billion frontline heroes.