Coworking startup WorkChew Inc. has raised $2.5 million in seed funding that will be put towards new hires, product development and marketing.
The company, which helps transform hospitality centers into coworking spaces during slow hours, hopes to hire six more people to its three-person team this year.
WorkChew provides remote employees a place to work, while also helping hospitality companies bring in a new revenue stream.
Maisha Burt, cofounder and CEO of WorkChew, also hopes to expand across the U.S. Currently, the company provides its services Chicago, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The company is aiming to expand to Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Seattle this year.
“The pandemic pushed many organizations to become fully remote, and the experience has been better than many imagined,” Burt said in an email. “As a result, a hybrid working model that embraces the best of both remote and office-based work awaits many workers and companies on the other side of the crisis. WorkChew is well-positioned to enable efficient, inclusive in-person engagement to help organizations maintain corporate culture and ensure workforce productivity.”
The funding round was led by Harlem Capital, with Wilshire Lane Partners, Invictus Advisory Group, Techstars Ventures and RW Capital Investments also participating.