YourNextLeap.com, an internet product start-up, has raised a Series A investment from Nirvana Venture Advisors. Founded by Suruchi Wagh, YourNextLeap.com is a web-based recommendation engine which acts as a virtual career counselor for students to make smarter career decisions. Mohit Gundecha, formerly the Head of India Operations for mig33, joins the company as the Co-founder and CEO.
With the development, Amit Patni, from the Patni Family and Rajan Mehra, formerly the Country Head for eBay in India, join the Board of Directors.
The company was launched in October 2010 and the investments will be used for scaling up and growing the team. On the investments, Suruchi Wagh, Founder and COO of the company said, “Several million students in India make uninformed career decisions based on anecdotal information and social pressure. YourNextLeap.com’s virtual career counselor has already helped several thousand students make better career decisions on colleges and streams of study. The investments are an opportunity for us to scale up our web infrastructure and grow our team.”
”Our investment is driven by an impressive founding team and their insightful use of social media and analytics, to help Indian students make education choices and plan their early careers” said Rajan Mehra, Managing Director of Nirvana Venture Advisors.
YourNextLeap.com’s virtual career counselor involves a suite of online tools, which use psychometric evaluations and math models on past admission patterns, to give out personalized suggestions. University Suggestor and College Suggestor tools help students increase their chances of admissions into Colleges, and Branch Suggestor helps students choose streams of study. YourNextLeap.com has a freemium business model with an ARPPU of Rs. 500.
Mohit Gundecha, CEO of the company said, “YourNextLeap.com is solving a real problem for students and their parents. The intelligence built in the virtual career counselor, enables scientific evaluation, a key differentiator from the fragmented career counseling methods prevalent in the education industry today.”
Nickhil Jakatdar, CEO of VuClip and Alok Kejriwal, CEO of Games2Win are on the Advisory board of the Company.
YourNextLeap.com is a recommendation engine which acts as a virtual career counselor to help students make smarter career decisions. It involves a suite of online tools, which use psychometric evaluations and math models on past admission patterns, to give out personalized suggestions.
Online tools like University Suggestor and College Suggestor help students increase their chances of admissions into colleges and Branch Suggestor helps students choose streams of study. Headquartered in Pune, YourNextLeap.com was started by Suruchi Wagh in October 2010 with a team of young and enthusiastic professionals from top Indian Colleges. In a short period of time, YourNextLeap.com has aided thousands of students in making more informed career choices.
About Nirvana Venture Advisors
Nirvana Venture Advisors is India’s first early-stage venture capital fund focused exclusively on the digital (mobile and internet) and electronic markets. The fund has been anchored by the Patni family, who are pioneers in the Indian ITES ecosystem and early adopters of changing market trends. The founding team of professionals, led by Rajan Mehra, former Country Head of eBay India, has a strong track record and extensive operating experience in the Internet and IT space. The Mumbai based firm’s investment philosophy revolves around active investing, with strong founders who are addressing large market opportunities and attempting to win these markets with disruptive technologies and new business models.