Japan’s Sukedachi raises $5M to help match workpeople with construction jobs

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Tokyo-based Sukedachi, providing on-demand matching service between construction jobs and workers under the same name, announced on Thursday that it had fundraised about 530 million yen (about $5 million) from Itochu Technology Ventures, Genesia Ventures, Klab Venture Partners, Nippon Broadcasting System, Persol Holdings, Legend Partners and an undisclosed company, plus individual investors including Kotaro Chiba.

Among these investors, Genesia Ventures and Klab Venture Partners also participated in the previous seed round back in August. The investment ratio or the payment dates are not disclosed, but the secured money will be spent for marketing and enrichment of human resources for service development. The firm had changed its company name from Tokyo Rocket to the current one in March of this year.

Sukedachi allows workpeople specialized in construction works receive to notification of recruitment of construction jobs which meet their pre-registered conditions including residence and occupation. With this service, construction workers who are seeking jobs can contact directly to each desired construction site, and constructors suffering from chronic manpower shortage can recruit workers on almost ideal on-demand conditions.

Yoichi Wagatsuma, CEO of Sukedachi

Sukedachi had focused on the unique business habit in the Japanese construction industry that construction workers are order receivers as workmen themselves and are also orderers as small enterprises, and the firm started this service. According to CEO of the firm Yoichi Wagatsuma, the number of registered workers since its launch in last November until this April reached 7,000 and has been increasing by 100 daily. The total ordering amount handled within Sukedachi exceeded 200 million yen (about $1.9 million).

The last time I covered this service before its launch, the “quality” of matched workers was concerned and the firm was trying to solve that by utilizing evaluation for each worker from orderers after completion of work. Since its launch, the firm has been operating the service with a policy of treating highly-rated workers preferentially, so that visualization or community creation related to this point seems to be a future task.

Translated by Taijiro Takeda
Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy