Gurugram based Kickstart Jobs raised undisclosed amount in it’s seed funding round. It is an entry-level talent acquisition startup. Led by ah! Ventures, this round included investors like Vivek Joshi(Founder, Wyzen Tech); Mohit Satyanand (Chairman, Team Works Art); Amit Banati(President (Asia Pacific), Kellogg’s); Arun Khanna (President (Asia), Dun) and Bradstreet. The firm is in collaboration with ah! Ventures.
India is experiencing a tremendous growth in the startup sector. Despite the fact, employment opportunities aren’t able to reach the aspirants. This is where Kickstart Jobs comes in picture, focusing on the particular talent acquisition in the entry level workforce.
On working with ah! Ventures, co-founder Abhishek Srivastava said, “ah! Ventures has been most helpful during our period of fundraise. We approached ah! Ventures to close our funding requirement and they proactively helped us close in 5 days, in which they also participated. Their network is huge and the response has been extremely prompt. We wanted to bring ah! Ventures onboard as their reach and connections will keep us in good stead for future. We hope to use their industry and investor connects to scale our business.”
Founded by Samriddhi Malhotra and Abhishek Srivastava in August 2015. The company aims to connect different level candidates with prospective employers and vice versa. Firm is already active in the key north Indian territories viz. Delhi, Noida and Gurugram. It has a team of 10 employees and 2 promoters. It has registered 5000+ candidates, enlisted about 3000 vacancies, conducted 2000+ interviews and boasts of a month on month growth of 100% in the number of candidates scheduled for interviews via their platform.
Samriddhi Malhotra, an XLRI Jamshedpur alumna, has abundance experience of basic rural communities. This led her to clearly understand requirements at core level. It has also helped in understanding the competencies of the workforce at the entry level section. Samriddhi is the head of product development and operations.
Abhishek Srivastava, a mechanical engineer from ISM Dhanbad, comes with lots of experience in domestic and international operations management sector at an MNC. He leads the strategy and business development at Kickstart Jobs.
How does it work-
Kickstart works with a proposition, ‘Leaders’ are recognized among the pool of job seekers and then utilize their immense network for job opportunities. The company believes the role of tech is inevitable, thus bettering the process of data mapping with mobile app
Words from investors-
Harshad Lahoti, Founder and CEO of ah! Ventures said, “As an investor, the growth in this entry-level jobs sector is envisioned. This growth and spurt of service offerings in the sector is lucrative for the currently existing workforce of over 500+ million in the blue & grey collar ecosystem of India. And, the fact says this number is increasing at about 12 million per year, the need to harness human resources becomes all the more essential. ah! Ventures and it’s investors saw that potential in Kickstart Jobs, not only in terms of their strong team but also in their unique methodology in operating and creating value for both, the job seeker & the employer. In our opinion such a product was long overdue, especially in a growing market like India, and we are sure to see stupendous success in the future of Kickstart Jobs.”
ah! Ventures comprises of over 750+ investors (675+ seed/angel investors and over 80 VCs & institutional investors) & 10000+ startups. This brings it to the top rank of investors in terms of numbers. With two years of investment in Ed-tech venture Harness Handitouch, last year firm secured first profitable exit. ah! Ventures is in the process of closing 2 more investments in the coming week. CLUB ah! has invested approx INR 85 crores in over 25 startups up to now which are spread over different domains.