What we do: Giraffe (Pty) Ltd is a fully-automated mobile recruitment agency service that enables businesses to recruit medium-skilled workers faster and cheaper than any other recruitment agency or employment service. Businesses struggle to recruit the right workers and rely on word-of-mouth or expensive recruitment agencies to find candidates. The company was established in 2015.

Ownership & Management: The founder and CEO, Shafin Anwarsha together with his business partners started this online recruitment business in 2015. Giraffe is backed by Silicon Valley venture capital fund Omidyar Network which led a round of seed investment in March 2016. Since then, Giraffe has seen double-digit monthly revenue growth and now plans to expand its team of developers, salespeople and data analysts.

Key financial indicators: Not provided. Giraffe is currently offering low-cost recruitment agency services in Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria and will be expanding to the rest of South Africa. Giraffe charges 3% once-off for each successful placement. Giraffe’s automated recruitment service connects medium-skilled jobseekers (those that earn between R3 000-R15 000 per month) with job opportunities and allows businesses to hire staff more quickly and at lower cost. The company offers background checks including criminal checks, credit checks, education checks and reference checks so companies know they are recruiting someone reliable.

Track record: Giraffe has 350,000 jobseekers on its platform. Jobseekers struggle to find jobs because they do not have access or visibility to job opportunities and therefore also rely on word of mouth, recruitment agencies or labour brokers. Giraffe provides the solution.

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