The latest round has valued the Gurugram-based startup at over Rs 100 crore.
Founded in 2015 by Supriya Paul and Shobhit Banga, Josh Talks initially organised physical conferences targeting aspirations of youngsters. It soon started creating content in vernacular languages, and made it available online.
At present, Josh Talks’ content is disseminated in eight vernacular languages- Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Punjabi, Marathi, Malayalam and English, which is viewed by over 45 million people every month, the startup claimed.
“We are addressing issues faced by the youth with respect to jobs, career opportunities, acquiring skill sets, and more. With over 60 percent of college graduates remaining unemployed in India, we launched the Josh Skills app to equip students and job seekers with relevant skill sets (such as spoken English, financial literacy, and personality development) to help them become gainfully employed,” the founders said.
INDIA DEAL MONITOR
Here are some prominent venture capital transactions in India for February 25-27.
|Startup||Headquarter||Investment Size (USD)||Investment Stage||Lead Investor(s)||Other Investor(s)||Sector|
|Josh Talks||Gurugram||1.5 million||Pre-Series A||Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF)||-||Consumer/Internet Economy|
|Qure.ai||Mumbai||16 million||-||Sequoia India||MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia (SEA)||HealthTech|
|Hasura||San Francisco, Bengaluru||9.9 million||Series A||Vertex Ventures US||SAP.iO Fund, Nexus Venture Partners, Strive VC||Technology|
|Ummeed Housing Finance Pvt. Ltd||Gurugram||23 million||Series D||Morgan Stanley Private Equity Asia||LGT Lightstone Aspada||Financial Services|
|Ezetap||Bengaluru||364197||-||Ezetap Mobile Solutions Pte. Ltd||-||FinTech|
|LetsShave||Chandigarh||-||-||Wipro Consumer Care – Ventures||-||Consumer Product|
|AjnaLens||Thane||1.5 million||Pre-Series A||Maharashtra Defence and Aerospace Venture Fund (MDAVF)||Nailesh Khimji, Chirayu Khimji, Jay Jesrani, Mohsin Group||Consumer Product|
|MinionLabs||Bengaluru||-||-||Kaushik Rajan, R. Mohan Kumaramangalam||-||Technology|