Localized Inc, a US-headquartered company that connects job seekers from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to the rest of the world, has raised $2.2 million in seed funding.
The company raised the funding from Trend Forward Capital, One Planet VC, Next Wave Impact, Bisk Ventures, Joshua Mailman, US News Digital Ventures, angel investor Esther Dyson and some Mexico-based individuals.
The funding round was completed in April, Localized said in a statement Sunday. The new round takes the startup’s total funding to $3.6 million since it was founded in 2017 by Canadian businesswoman Ronit Avni.
The company is headquartered in Washington, DC. It also has team members in Dubai, Cairo, Ramallah, Prague, San Francisco, Amman and Lagos.
Localized is a talent technology company focusing on early-stage recruitment in growth markets. Companies subscribe to access virtual career fairs and year-round recruitment and universities and talent hubs join to provide students and alumni with access to industry experts and employers.
“As companies look for diverse, world-class talent, Localized fills a critical need. We led this funding round after hearing from satisfied customers and seeing the traction first hand over the last two years,” said Heather Henyon, part of the leadership team at US-based Next Wave Impact.
Localized says it looks to help talent from the MENA region join international companies, such as Microsoft, Deloitte, McKinsey, Gaza Sky Geeks and Takalam, among others. Its online platform does, however, host students from as many as 100 countries, it said. The non-MENA countries include India, the US and China.