Werk Raises $1.3M in Pre-Seed Funding


Werk, a Tallinn, Estonia-based hiring and relocation platform for skilled migrant construction workers, raised $1.3M Pre-Seed funding.

The round was led by Change Ventures, with participation from Foundamental VC and angel investors Anthony Danon and Carmen Alfonso-Rico, Declan Kelly, Gonzalo Manrique, and Andreas Klinger.

The company intends to use the funds to further expand its team, focus on product development and marketing. 

Co-founded in Tallinn, Estonia in 2020 by Martin Kalamees (CEO), Marion Kallakas (COO), and Markus Tarn (CTO), Werk provides a platform that enables companies to hire skilled and vetted migrant construction workers, handling everything from recruitment, verification, and relocation.

Werk only works with companies that guarantee they will provide workers with the same payment terms, treatment, and protection conditions as they would if they were a local.
For contractors, once they input the skills they require on-site, the platform uses AI to match them with suitable, high-skilled workers who have been vetted by industry experts. Once the worker has been hired, Werk handles HR and payroll too. 

The company has customers within Estonia, Finland, Sweden and Denmark.