Chinese startup Qingtuanshe (青团社) announced the completion a 55 million RMB (about $8.5 million USD) round of series A funding on Monday, led by Zhubajie.com (猪八戒网), a website that connects freelancers in design, IT, marketing, and other “creative” disciplines to paid projects.

Qingtuanshe’s student-facing app connects university students with part-time jobs, such as shopkeeping at a hamburger joint, livestreaming on an app, and even “liking” a company’s social media posts (advertised on Qingtuanshe as “earn money by playing with your phone”). Students can browse and sign up for different job opportunities, which puts them in contact with the company. On the other side, companies can download Qingtuanshe’s free corporate app and post job opportunities and track applications.

According to co-founder Xinxuan Wang, students can fall prey to online scams on job search platforms. To mitigate that, Qingtuanshe has invested in corporate partnerships, including McDonald’s and Ikea. The company also has a team of employees that are in charge of verifying part-time jobs on the app.

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Eva Xiao is a tech reporter based in Shanghai. Contact her at eva.xiao@technode.com or evawxiao (wechat & twitter).