Polish Vaqat raises over $400k to facilitate micro-internship hiring

Polish HRtech startup Vaqat has raised more than $400,000 (1.8 million PLN) pre-seed investment from the US fund Untapped Capital and private investors from the US, UK, Poland, France, and the United Arab Emirates, MamStartup reports. The proceeds will support the startup in its further scaling.

  • Vaqat develops a platform that connects entrepreneurs and managers with students to whom individual tasks and projects are commissioned. The startup was founded in 2021 by Daniel Robaczewski to solve the key problems of the modern labor market — overwork, professional burnout, and pressure to constantly increase efficiency.
  • As the startup claims, its mission is to help students kick off their careers early on by completing real tasks for companies around the world. Micro-internships allow students to “test” different professional paths before committing to one full-time, gain real-life skills, get work experience and expand their network.
  • Vaqat platform has already carried out almost 100 pilot projects in 15 countries with such corporations as Bain & Company, OC&C, Altman Solon, Artefact, but also with startups, investment funds, and restaurants.
  • The platform is currently used by over 1,600 students from 250 universities around the world.
  • Untapped Capital was one of the investors in a pre-seed round for Vaqat. It is an early-stage venture capital generalist based in the US.

Thanks to the financing, we will develop the product and reach more companies and students around the world, which will allow us to become the first platform to use the “gig economy” trend for recruitment purposes,

says Daniel Robaczewski about the startup’s plans.