Headquartered in Delaware and Bengaluru, Apna.co plans to use the funding proceeds to enter new cities, expand to more verticals, and strengthen its leadership team.
Founded in December last year by Nirmit Parikh, Apna.co has created a vertical network for skilled professionals like carpenters, painters, field sales agents among others, providing them with access to local job opportunities and networking with peers.
With operations spread across Mumbai, Pune, Delhi-NCR, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Jaipur, Apna.co claims to have more than 1.2 million users engaging on its platform. The startup also claimed that it has facilitated more than one million job interviews in the last month, growing more than 3x month-on-month.
“There are over 250 million blue and grey collar workers in India at present and providing meaningful employment opportunities to this segment is one of the biggest challenges in our country. With internet usage in this demographic growing rapidly, further catalysed by the Jio effect, apps such as Apna can play a meaningful role in democratising access to employment and skilling,” Harshjit Sethi, Principal at Sequoia Capital India, said.
Apna.co had previously raised nearly $2 million from Lightspeed India and Sequoia Capital India.