India: Entry-level hiring platform Kickstart Jobs raises funding from ah! Ventures

Team Kickstart Jobs

Gurgaon-based Kickstart Jobs, an entry-level talent acquisition startup, has raised an undisclosed amount of seed funding from ah! Ventures.

“The investment also saw participation from Vivek Joshi, founder of Wysen Tech; Mohit Satyanand, chairman of Team Works Art; Amit Banati, president of Kellogg’s (Asia Pacific); Arun Khanna, president of Dun (Asia), Bradstreet including some unnamed investors,” Harshad Lahoti, founder and CEO of ah! Ventures told DEALSTREETASIA.

Founded in 2015 by Samriddhi Malhotra and Abhishek Srivastava, Kiskstart Jobs focuses on blue and grey collared workforce. The startup currently provides its services in Delhi NCR region and employs around 10 people.

“This turn of events is especially lucrative for the over 500 million blue & grey collar ecosystem of India. And, given the fact that this number is increasing at about 12 million per year, the need to effectively harness these 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,” said Lahoti.

“We have closely observed existing patterns of job seeking at the entry level workforce and are leveraging this existing pattern and enabling it with technology,” said Samriddhi.

ah! Ventures is a startup focused growth catalyst, invests through its three units- ah! Seeders, ah! Angels and ah! VCs. Since its inception in 2012, the company has made over 20 investments. Most recently, it invested in ShabdaNagari.in, a Kanpur-based Hindi social networking platform.

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