Beekeeper raises $45M Series B to become the 'Slack for non-desk employees'

Steve O'Hear
Beekeeper raises $45M Series B to become the 'Slack for non-desk employees'

Beekeeper, the Switzerland and U.S.-based startup that provides a mobile-first communications platform for employers that need to communicate with blue-collar and service-oriented workers, has raised $45 million in Series B funding. The round was co-led by Thayer Ventures and Swisscanto Invest by Zürcher Kantonalbank, with participation from previous backers including Atomico, Alpana Ventures, Edenred Capital Partners, Fyrfly Venture Partners, Hammer Team, investiere, HighSage Ventures, Keen Venture Partners, Samsung NEXT, Swiss Post and Swisscom. Targeting non-desk employees, including those working in hospitality, manufacturing and retail, Beekeeper's mobile-first platform is designed to replace more arcane communication methods, such as pen and paper and consumer messaging apps like WhatsApp.