Beekeeper extends series B funding

Photo credit: Beekeeper (Beekeeper, Whispr partner)

Beekeeper, a communication and operations platform designed specifically for frontline workers, has announced a $10 million extension of its series B funding, bringing the round to $60 million.

The extension was led by Chicago-based Energize Ventures, with investment from HighSage Ventures, SwissCanto, Thayer, Swisscom, Investiere, Alpana Ventures and Swiss Post.

“Technology that supports frontline workers is more important than ever,” said Juan Muldoon, partner at Energize Ventures, explaining the timing of the firm’s decision to continue fueling the growth of Beekeeper. “The current crisis has given new urgency to the company’s mission. Industries with largely deskless workforces—like energy and manufacturing—are digitizing at an accelerating pace, and we believe this digital transformation is here to stay.”

Beekeeper is using the additional funding to expand its cloud marketplace for apps, solutions and integrations and has announced Beekeeper 2.0. The updated product creates a single point of contact for people, processes and systems to improve the productivity, agility and safety of frontline workers. It eliminates language barriers, halves the time team leads spend coordinating with employees, and makes it easy for every single team member to access the tools and information they need, when they need it.

Beekeeper 2.0 has several notable features:

  • Home: a new entry point for the app, providing access to all the most relevant information, data and processes for every frontline worker.
  • Automated translations into more than 100 languages for all content in the platform, including chat messages, surveys and companywide confirmation campaigns.
  • Digital forms and workflows for everyday business processes.
  • Custom FAQ chatbots to answer questions on demand at scale in any language.
  • Out-of-the-box integrations with SharePoint and shift scheduling software to make essential work information available to everyone, immediately.

“We take it as a tremendous vote of confidence that we have this type of backing in the current economic environment,” said Cristian Grossmann, CEO and co-founder of Beekeeper. “We are using this opportunity to invest in innovation and solidify our position as the top communication and operations platform for frontline workers. This is our chance to expand our product offering to anticipate the needs of an evolving market.”