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Founded Year

2018

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Other Investors | Alive

About Building Ventures

Building Ventures is a venture capital firm that focuses on the built environment sector. The company primarily invests in early-stage startups that are innovating in the way we design, build, operate, and experience our built environment. It primarily serves the real estate tech industry. It was founded in 2018 and is based in Boston, Massachusetts.

Headquarters Location

501 Boylston Street

Boston, Massachusetts, 02116,

United States

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Latest Building Ventures News

Skillit Secures $8.5M in Additional Funding to Solve Today’s Skilled Labor Shortage for Leading Contractor Firms

Jul 21, 2023

This latest funding enables Skillit to rapidly expand to new trades and geographies as it delivers more workers and higher offer acceptance rates to an industry underserved by technological innovation NEW YORK, July 20, 2023-- Skillit, the data-driven recruiting platform for skilled, full-time construction labor, today announced $8.5M in additional funding co-led by MetaProp and Bow Capital with participation from existing investor Building Ventures. Since announcing its seed round in January 2023 Skillit has been adopted by top ENR contractors that are using self-perform to better control project lifecycle and long-term profitability with in-house skilled workers. Skillit taxonomizes and assesses everything from skills and experience to professional goals and preferences in order to generate data-rich worker profiles that make it easy to identify, hire and retain the best talent. This data-driven approach has already resulted in materially more interview requests, offer acceptance rates that are 1.7x the industry average and retention rates that are nearly double. This latest funding brings Skillit’s total funding to $13.6M and will be used to accelerate expansion of Skillit’s Trade-Region Pairs (TRPs) as demand grows nationwide for every trade from carpenters to electricians and heavy equipment operators to welders. “As the nation’s leading builders shift to self-perform, the construction industry is in the midst of a transformation that will have a lasting impact on the skilled workforce. This trend will nearly double the number of skilled workers needed over the next five years and there is no robot or AI tool that will ever meet this kind of demand. Building projects are by definition incredibly dynamic workspaces, and while there may someday be a way to automate some work on specific projects, skilled workers are still and will remain the key to the next 20 years of infrastructure improvement, climate progress and economic growth. We facilitate these vital hires with data and the resulting intelligence that empowers general contractors and skilled workers alike,” said Fraser Patterson, CEO and Founder, Skillit. “With growing customer demand and considerable inbound interest from new investors following the announcement of our seed round in January, we decided that now is the right time to take on more capital to further accelerate our growth.” New legislation including the CHIPS Act, Inflation Reduction Act and Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is exacerbating the demand for skilled workers. As a result, Skillit is seeing contractors’ hiring plans skyrocket. Many customers, for example, are doubling carpenter headcount with hiring rates for “green jobs” such as solar and wind installers and technicians increasing four times as fast. Today, 23 percent of craft workers are self-employed, but recent data suggests that worker expectations have changed, with almost all (98% percent) seeking full-time, W2 employment. When coupled with the shift to self-perform this desire adds stability to both sides of the employer-worker relationship. “We are at a moment in history when it is clearly a time to build. The tailwinds in construction are strong despite the fact that technology has not yet produced a solution to the industry’s greatest challenge - the hiring and retention of skilled workers,” said Rafi Syed, General Partner, Bow Capital. “We have spent considerable time understanding labor issues in 'deskless' industries, and I believe what Skillit is doing for the built world is unique. It’s no surprise that the platform is experiencing intense demand; it’s a pleasure to support this team of experts as they come together from multiple industries to solve what truly is a data and network problem.” Skillit’s focus areas for expansion are fueled by several additional Top 50 ENR Contractors who’ve signed on as customers across Charlotte, North Carolina, Houston, Texas, Jacksonville, Florida, Orlando, Florida, San Antonio, Texas, Temple, Texas and Northern California. Skillit is also doubling the number of roles to which its customers have access, now including carpenters, drywallers, electricians, general laborers, heavy equipment operators, millwrights, pipefitters, pipelayers, solar installers, superintendents and welders. With the addition of these new Trade-Region Pairs, Skillit customers are hiring highly skilled workers to perform construction across solar, commercial and industrial sites as well as in permanent, prefabrication facilities. Skillit is based in New York City and is building out a world-class team across product development, engineering, customer success and sales: https://www.skillit.com/work-here. About Skillit Skillit is the first recruiting platform purpose-built for construction that uses data to solve the industry’s biggest problem - the shortage of skilled labor. The company is on a mission to solve the skilled labor crisis by delivering technology and data solutions that meet the needs of both skilled workers and construction companies alike. Founded by an entrepreneur with personal experience as a General Contractor and Carpenter, Skillit connects the supply of skilled workers with contractor demand in the $1.7T annual construction industry. An end-to-end purpose-platform providing visibility into the full employee lifecycle, Skillit improves recruitment (supply and hiring process) and retention outcomes for the world’s leading ENR contractors. Founded in 2021 and backed by venture capitalists, including Building Ventures, MetaProp, Bow Capital and HOLT Ventures, Skillit is delivering meaningful improvements to key metrics for hiring managers, including percent of offers accepted and time to hire. To learn more, please visit: https://www.skillit.com/. Contact:

Building Ventures Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • When was Building Ventures founded?

    Building Ventures was founded in 2018.

  • Where is Building Ventures's headquarters?

    Building Ventures's headquarters is located at 501 Boylston Street, Boston.

  • What is Building Ventures's latest funding round?

    Building Ventures's latest funding round is Other Investors.

  • Who are the investors of Building Ventures?

    Investors of Building Ventures include WND Ventures.

  • Who are Building Ventures's competitors?

    Competitors of Building Ventures include Silicon Foundry and 4 more.

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