Higher education counselling startup Leverage Edu has raised $6.5 Mn in a Series A funding round led by Tomorrow Capital, with existing investors Blume Ventures and DSG Consumer Partners also participating in the round.
With the new funding, Piyush Surana of Tomorrow Capital will become a board member at Leverage Edu.
Besides this, Leverage Edu also launched Univalley.com, an operating system (OS) that universities and recruitment partners can use to recruit students. With Univalley, Leverage claims to have over 225 university partners in 13 countries and more than 500 small business partners which the company calls ‘Mohalla Rockstars’, who can help students on a local level. These partners are present in 42 Indian cities.
The company’s founder and CEO Akshay Chaturvedi also announced on Twitter that Leverage Edu had achieved a milestone of $5 Mn in annual recurring revenue (ARR), and served more than 10,000 students in its nearly four years of operations. In the last fiscal year (FY2020), Leverage Edu reported over 2x growth in revenue from INR 3.11 Cr to INR 7.06 Cr or just under $1 Mn, but its expenses grew by nearly 4X in the same period from INR 4.89 Cr to INR 16.4 Cr. The loss after tax came up to INR 9.3 Cr, as per filings with the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)
To achieve an ARR of $5 Mn, the company would have had to see over 5X growth in the current fiscal. As for the growth in the number of users and counselling sessions, Chaturvedi wrote, “We do over 50,000 one-on-one free career counsellings every month now. Our platform has put together 30,000 pieces of free content ((videos, articles, Q&A, FAQs plus more tools) for students and parents.”
He added that the next nine months would see the company expand its Univalley ecosystem to two more countries, besides India and the UK, and tapping into the demand for its product in tier 2 and 3 cities as well as rural areas of India.
Founded in 2017, Leverage Edu’s online platform helps students in their careers through mentorship products, end-to-end college admissions guidance, programmes to help get first-job ready, as well as one-to-one virtual career advisory for multiple career streams.
The company had last raised funds in December 2019, with $1.5 Mn invested by Blume Ventures and DSG Consumer Partners. According to data on Crunchbase, to date, the company has raised $3.3 Mn in four funding rounds from 19 investors.
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February 19, 2021 | 20:20
An earlier version of the article had erroneously stated Leverage Edu’s loss as INR 93 Cr instead of INR 9.3 Cr. We deeply regret the error.