Skillr, an HR tech platform that helps companies identify and hire skilled talent, has raised $1.2 million in its pre-seed round led by Binny Bansal, co-founder of Flipkart.
Others like Caesar Sengupta (co-founder, Arbo Works), Kunal Shah (founder, CRED), Arun Seth (chairman, NASSCOM), Amrish Rau (CEO, Pine labs), among others, also participated in the round.
With the latest funding, the startup plans to build a strong team, boost product development, and co-build powerful hiring solutions with early customers in India and the US.
Founded in 2020 by entrepreneurs Ankit Durga and Megha Aggarwal, New Delhi-headquartered Skillr helps companies objectively measure the intangible behavioral skills that are necessary to succeed in customer-facing roles but are hard to identify in interviews. Its machine learning algorithm is being developed alongside researchers at MIT-A Labs and the University of Pennsylvania
Speaking about the platform, Ankit Durga and Megha Aggarwal, Co-founders of Skillr, said in a joint statement,
"Rapidly growing startups and enterprises are looking to scale fast, reduce ramp-up time and design measurably better teams. Skillr’s talent discovery platform is built to address the consistent challenges that employers experience right from discovering, engaging to retaining and growing talent in the long-term — especially today’s young workforce."
Skillr is a platform that is focused on new collar workers. Its full suite of HR products helps hire and train people based on 21st-century skills. The startup also offers companies with meaningful data that holds true in real-world situations. The result is a proprietary skills assessment framework that's practical, innovative, and futuristic. In addition, the hiring platform's powerful ATS integrations blend with existing solutions to make its platform usage seamless.
Binny Bansal, Co-founder of Flipkart, said,
"What stands out about Skillr is that it helps fast-growing startups and mid-market enterprises measure ROI on talent acquisition. Skillr can make designing impactful customer-facing teams possible for all."
Skillr claims to have engaged more than 2,000 recruiters with a demand for employees in the field of IT, marketing, financial, healthcare, and software-based industries. The startup counts ITC, Mindhouse, Ultrahuman, Blue Tokai, Peebuddy, and Bharatpe amongst others, as its clients.
The startup had raised an undisclosed amount as part of a new funding round from Caesar Sengupta, former head of Google's Next Billion Users initiative in June this year.