Security guard recruitment app Numze launches with $1.2m backing

Ben Heathcote

In App Deals. November 4, 2019

Numze, a new on-demand recruitment app on a mission to disrupt the security industry, has launched and attracted funding of $1.2 million. According to the Canadian-headquartered startup, the money came from private investors both locally and internationally.

The “Uber-like” Numze app allows business, organisations and individuals to hire licensed and vetted freelance security guards with the touch of a button. At the same time, it allows guards to pick up shifts that suit their schedules.

“We are elated with the support of our new app… I mean it is simply unreal, considering we have not even launched yet,” said co-founder and CEO Paul Carson, who developed the app alongside Ron Hazell. “It is just incredible to see how many business owners and professionals want change in the security guard industry.

“For years our niche-service-sector has operated under the ‘same-old-same-old-model’ and it’s all stale. Numze is revolutionising the entire industry – one that needs a huge makeover. Numze is better streamlining access to licensed security guards for businesses, organisations and individuals.”

Paul Carson and Ron Hazell both have more than 30 years of experience in the security industry and operate Canadian Protection Services, the parent company of Numze. The duo said they are already looking at plans for an IPO after “unprecedented interest” in the app, once all regulatory requirements are met and once discussions are formalised with its banking partners and market officials.

According to Numze, one of the most impressive features of its platform is its ability to “change behaviour” by flagging security guards who failed to turn up for a shift without an explanation. It also ensures that all licensed guards undergo a thorough on-board screening process and are vetted by a member of the team.

It also provides two-way communication between the freelancer and the employer, a feature which the startup says is completely unique to the sector.

The Numze app is available for download on Google Play and the App Store. The startup operates from Canadian offices in Burlington, Hamilton and Toronto and plans to open up new bases in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles.