Career development / Funding / Venture capital

Career guidance company Localized just closed a $2.2M seed round

The remote-first company that's headquartered in D.C. connects new graduates with employers, mentors and associations for hiring.

Localized connects new graduates with employers around the world. (Photo by Flickr user Kevin Gill, used via a Creative Commons license)

Career tech company Localized just closed on a seed round of funding. CEO Ronit Avni told in an email that the oversubscribed round included over $2.2 million in new capital.

Localized, a remote company that’s headquartered in D.C., connects new graduates with employers, mentors and associations for hiring. The multilingual company uses tech to offer guidance to students.

Participants in the round featured a myriad of career-tech, edtech and social impact companies. Investors included Trend Forward Capital, One Planet VC, Mexico’s Angel Ventures, Next Wave Impact, Bisk Ventures, US News Digital Ventures as well as angel investor Esther Dyson and Joshua Mailman. The company last completed a raise in 2019, and Avni made it to the finals for the Vinetta Project 2018 venture challenge.

“As companies look for diverse, world-class talent, Localized fills a critical need,” Next Wave’s Heather Henyon said in a statement. “We led this funding round after hearing from satisfied customers and seeing the traction firsthand over the last [two] years. We are strong believers in Ronit and the team that she has assembled and the opportunity that was accelerated by COVID.”

Localized has employees in Ramallah, Cairo, Amman, Prague, Lagos, San Francisco and Dubai, and is currently hiring for a VP of engineering and other roles. It reports that students from over 100 companies are hosted on the platform.

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