Career Assistant & Mentorship Platform Stride Ahead Raises $100k in Pre-Seed Funding

Stride Ahead funding

Stride Ahead, an AI-powered personalized career assistant and mentorship platform, has raised $100,000 in pre-seed funding from Rachit Poddar, co-founder of Marwari Catalysts Ventures.

The New Delhi-based company will use the fresh capital to build a full-stack platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for college students and stakeholders alike.

Founded in 2019 by Verismart.ai’s cofounder Piyush Gupta, Stride Ahead offers counseling and mentorship to college students utilizing AI instruments. It has a data-driven career incubation platform and personalized mentorship curated programs for freshers and early professionals.

Using proprietary algorithms and data science, the research-based career assistance portal counsels aspirants to move in the right direction that is backed by data on one’s inherent skills and weaknesses. Using the same data, Stride Ahead helps organizations discover who is the best fit for their organization through a variety of assessments.

Speaking about the company, Co-founder of Stride Ahead, Piyush Gupta, said:

"As the number of content-based EdTech startups grows, there are more and more students and young professionals who are now geared towards upskilling. However, most struggle to understand how to dovetail this into their existing professional journey to move to the next level or to select the strongest skill to create a career with. This is the niche that Stride Ahead will occupy. The personalized approach along with our experience in data profiling and behavioral analytics will make this a winning combination for both the student and the corporate who hires them."

Stride Ahead aims to revolutionize the sphere of education and to be a one-stop solution to all the problems a student faces. The platform brings the right combination of industry knowledge and career guidance that will help students not only start but also thrive in their careers.

Co-founder of Marwari Catalysts Ventures, Rachit Poddar, said,

"The fast-growing segment is booming, but there are a lot of gaps that need to be filled to help students and professionals move from one level to the next. I went through the program myself to understand the offering and was impressed with the analysis and counsel provided to me. I am confident that Stride Ahead will change the way we attract, recruit and retain talent.”

Stride Ahead claims to be adding more than 600 customers every month. Its user base presently stands at more than 200 verified mentors, 300+ companies, and over 3,000 establishments, impacting the lives of more than 8,000 students across the country.

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