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

The round also saw participation from 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 and a few others.

Started in August 2015, by Samriddhi Malhotra and Abhishek Srivastava, Kickstart Jobs, aims to create a scalable platform to connect entry level candidates with prospective employers and vice versa.

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Founder Samriddhi Malhotra is an XLRI Jamshedpur alumna, comes with a rich experience of working with numerous rural communities on a grassroot level. She heads the product development and operations at Kickstart Jobs. On the other hand, Abhishek Srivastava, is a mechanical engineer from ISM Dhanbad, comes with years of experience in managing domestic and international operations at a multinational corporation. He spearheads the strategy and business development at Kickstart Jobs.

Harshad Lahoti, Founder and CEO of ah! Ventures opined, “As an investor, the growth that is about to unfold in this entry-level jobs sector in the near future is evident to me. This growth and spurt of service offerings in the sector is especially lucrative for the currently existing workforce of over 500+ million in the 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.”

Within a year, Kickstart Jobs is already operational in Delhi, Noida and Gurgaon, with a workforce of 10 employees and 2 promoters. It has over 5000 registered candidates, enlisted about 3000 vacancies, conducted more than 2000 interviews. The startup claims to have a 100% month on month growth, in the number of candidates scheduled for interviews via their platform.

ah! Ventures is a startup investment network and platform comprising of over 750 investors. The CLUB ah! Network today has over 10000+ startups, 675+ seed/angel investors and over 80 VCs & institutional investors, making it one of the largest platform of investors and startups. The network last year secured its first profitable exit from Ed-tech venture Harness Handitouch within two years of its investment. CLUB ah! has till date invested close to INR 85 crores in over 25 startups spread across varied industries and domains including Kickstart Jobs.

Prior to this in May 2016, Kanpur-based Hindi social networking portal, ShabdaNagari, has raised an undisclosed amount of bridge funding from ah! Ventures.


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