Indian recruitment app Apna has raised $8 million in Series A funding from existing investors Lightspeed India and Sequoia Capital India. The entry-level jobs app also welcomed Greenoaks Capital and Rocketship VC as new investors. 

“The most powerful thing for me about Apna is its communities — I’ve seen people help each other start a business, learn a new language, or find a gig. Communities rely on trust and make the model infinitely scalable.”

said Vaibhav Agrawal, Partner at Lightspeed India Partners Advisors

Apna, which is present in five cities, plans to use this fresh round of funding to expand to newer cities and hire talent. It also plans to expand across verticals such as accounting, customer service and nursing.

Founded in December 2019 by Nirmit Parikh, Apna is LinkedIn for blue and grey collar workers in India. It is a community forskilled professionals like carpenters, painters, and field sales agents among others, providing them with access to local job opportunities, and networking with peers along with the ability to gain new skills.

“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 democratizing access to employment and skilling.”

said Harshjit Sethi, Principal at Sequoia Capital India

The Bengaluru-based startup has 1.2 million subscribers since its launch in December 2019. According to the company, it generated over a million job interviews in the last month for workers such as carpenters, painters and field sales agents, growing over 3X month-on-month. Companies like Amazon, HDFC bank and BigBasket have hired through this app.

The Covid-19 pandemic has seen a lot of workers going back to their native places especially after the lockdown. Post the pandemic these workers will look for jobs again and Apna provides them with a great platform.

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