Job platform Gigs has announced its official launch, alongside the raising of $2.7 million in pre-seed funding, which it will invest in product, engineering, marketing and sales.

The platform connects companies with job-seekers looking for local hourly, part-time or full-time roles in the retail, food and beverage, logistics and hospitality sectors.

Gigs seeks to simplify the matching process for employers and job-seekers. Companies can source local candidates that meet specific qualification criteria and showcase their brand on the site through photos and video.

Job-seekers, meanwhile, can search for roles by location, with each position specifying a pay range. The site uses dynamic visual components to make listings more engaging, says the company.

“By enhancing transparency in the job market, Gigs makes it easier and faster for companies and job seekers to find what works for them. We believe that Gigs will transform the way people find hourly jobs in their community,” said founder and CEO Allen Narcisse (LinkedIn profile).

His most recent role was chief operating officer of Workrise, an energy-related labor marketplace that has raised more than $750 million.

Gigs says its “provides employers with a platform that targets quality job-seekers eliminating the need to overspend on job postings that yield unqualified candidates.”

The funding round was led by Slauson & Co, with participation from Wonder Ventures and several angel investors.

“Allen exemplifies all of the best founder traits. He’s a brilliant operator, and his experience shines through his execution. We’re impressed by the team he’s assembling, and their deep-rooted expertise in building leading marketplace businesses,” said Austin Clements, managing partner of Slauson & Co.

“Gigs’ dedication to creating a modern, refreshed experience for hourly workers and employers is unique and forward-thinking for this industry. We have no doubt they will make a lasting change for the jobs space.”

The startup will compete with hourly job marketplaces like PeoplePerHour and SnagAJob.

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