PowerUs, a Berlin-based career platform for skilled blue-collar workers such as electricians and plant mechanics, has raised $25.7 million (€24.0 million) as part of its Series B financing round led by Eurazeo, General Catalyst, Headline and HV-Capital. Well-known business angels such as Hanno Renner (Personio) and Max Viessmann also participated in the round.
The startup plans to improve the user experience and develop new features with the funds. Furthermore, the company intends to continue developing and growing the platform in the future.
Founded in 2019 by Konrad Geiger and Julian Lindinger, PowerUs already has over 850 craft businesses and over 80,000 electronics technicians and system mechanics on the platform who can network with each other. Craftsmen should discover new career opportunities, while companies can find qualified specialists. Its partner organisations such as Enpal, Service4Charger, and DPS. Companies can use the site to network with talented people and post personalised job advertisements. Technicians who completed training can register for free on the platform to access all essential information about salary, future training, career options, and job posts for attractive opportunities.
Commenting on the funding, Co-founder of PowerUs, Konrad Geiger, said:
We were also shown a lot of trust in this financing round – we are proud of that and, above all, grateful. Especially now, when the implementation of the energy transition is in full swing, we have to support craft businesses and skilled workers. PowerUs wants to create a digital home for tradesmen – where professionals are among themselves, and transparency is the top priority.
Active placement in appealing career alternatives is also included in the offer. The platform also provides online courses in collaboration with partner companies such as Viessmann and Hager.
Apprenticeship-trained technical specialists have been the backbone of the economy for decades and will become even more vital in the future. To handle today’s significant challenges, such as climate change, energy transition, and building and industry automation, PowerUs requires well-trained specialists from the training professions who are fearless in tackling these issues. It was established to provide these individuals with the employment opportunities they deserve.