Whiz League, a career-launching platform that offers celebrity-driven courses and skill development programs, has raised $300,000 (INR 2.2 crores) in its seed funding round led by ITI Growth Opportunities.
The round also saw participation from Stanford Angels, Entrepreneurs India, Maheshwari Investments, and other high-profile investors.
The startup will use the capital for content creation, customer acquisition, the addition of skill development courses, and enhancing its user engagement.
Whiz League provides an immersive learning experience, which gives learners the opportunity to learn from some of the best practitioners and industry experts. The platform also allows learners with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to potentially collaborate with these celebrities and experts in the form of 1-1 mentorship, internships, fast-tracked auditions, access to funding, etc. via their Whiz Launchpad.
In addition to the senior modules, Whiz League offers celebrity junior modules that are targeted towards 6-17 years old and allow curious young minds to get unprecedented access to knowledge and inspiration from industry masters. Through these junior classes, children can get early exposure to introductory industry-specific skill sets.
Started in 2020 by seasoned entrepreneurs Natasha Jain and Sonia Agarwal Bajaj, the celebrity-driven learning platform features multiple courses in culinary, hospitality, fashion, design, and performing arts. Some of the mentors featured on the platform include Guru Randhawa, Ranveer Brar, Rocky Star, Priyank Sukhija, Mukesh Chhabra, Jayesh Sachdev, and Sonaakshi Raaj.
Speaking about the latest investment and its future plans, Co-founder of Whiz League Natasha Jain said,
"With over 30,000 users in less than four months, we are elated with our performance so far. Our vision is to create one of the largest learning platforms for celebrity-driven courses and skill-based courses, focusing on new-age professions where a major gap exists."
Following its tagline ‘A Genius Way of Learning’, the main aim of the platform is to focus on making practical industry learning and workings more accessible to all. The courses share insights, techniques, strategies, and compress decades of learning into short, HD video modules.
Mohit Gulati, Director of ITI Investments said,
"We are positive about the EdTech industry, the model, the product, and most importantly, the executing team to make Whiz League a flagship name in the times to come."
Ajay Lavakare and Paula Mariwala, Co-presidents of Stanford Angels & Entrepreneurs India has also commented on the fundraise, saying,
"We are excited to back Natasha and Sonia in the EdTech space and believe they have the experience and skills to build Whiz League into a leading company in the celebrity-driven EdTech space in India."