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PLaying the right card: Rachit & Piyush

EdTech startup AdmitKard raises Rs 10 cr

Bridge to foreign education

Rachit Agrawal, Co-Founder - AdmitKard, says product-driven learning experience is the key to beat the pandemic blues.

NEW DELHI, July 13 (The CONNECT) - AdmitKard, an EdTech platform that simplifies accessing higher education abroad has raised INR 10Cr in Pre-Series A Round . The round is majorly raised by founders of ed-tech platforms only that have participated in their personal capacity. The round witnessed participation from the founders of renowned ed-tech start-up-like -Vamsi Krishna & Pulkit Jain of Vedantu, Mayank Kumar of upGrad, Gaurav Munjal, Roman Saini & Sumit Jain of Unacademy, Tanushree Nagori, Aditya Shankar & Ravi Sekhar of DoubtNut, Akshay Saxena of Avanti, and other prominent investors including Pankaj Chaddah (ex-Zomato), Suhail Sameer & Dhruv Dhanraj Bahl of BharatPe ,Vijay Arisetty (MyGate), Anand Chandrasekaran (ex-Snapdeal, Facebook), Sameer Guglani of Morpheus Gang, BCG Partners, MD of JPMorgan and others.

The pandemic certainly wreaked havoc on the start-up industry, however, ed-tech has been one of the sectors to witness growth in traction. The sector moving towards holistic growth has exhibited a mutually beneficial approach in this fundraise where ed-tech founders have come forward to participate in AdmitKard.

 “During the pandemic, we realized that students were not able to travel abroad due to the closed international borders. Hence we doubled down our effort on ensuring the students’ experience in our long drawn funnel gets better. To enable that we realized the guidance to the students’ needs to be product-driven instead of being dependent on humans. We sought guidance from our mentors from other EdTech companies and de-skilled the entire counselling process, solving a major problem of counsellors in this industry.” said Rachit Agrawal – Co-Founder, AdmitKard.

Including the current round, the startup has raised a total of INR 17 Cr. It has created a strong community of international students and students looking to study abroad. They have already served students from 26 states in India through their platform and have also served few students from multiple other countries like Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Vietnam. The company is scaling at a fast pace, having counselled over 25000 students, processing around 12000 applications, and boasting a strong portfolio of over 2300 universities across the globe.

“I have been a mentor to Rachit & Piyush for a long time now and have seen the journey of AdmitKard. Their focus on productizing student guidance and de-skilling the role of a counselor is a big win as it solves a very fundamental problem of talent quality and standardization at scale. I am happy to be a part of their growth journey” said Vamsi Krishna – Co-Founder, Vedantu

“AdmitKard has chosen the right category that has been waiting to be disrupted and addressing it with great service, unlocking desired value for students. The team is well placed to disrupt the space which is unorganized and dominated by offline players with a great PMF and strong plans to scale and hence have decided to back it” said Ravi Shekhar KV, Co-Founder DoubtNut.

Launched in 2017, AdmitKard is a funded Edtech that simplifies access to higher

education opportunities. Incepted by IIT-IIM Alumni (Piyush Bhartiya & Rachit Agrawal), with an aim to mentor students in the college application process, AdmitKard boasts of a robust technical platform to make the entire application process effortless and to enable aspirants to apply from the comfort zone.

“As someone who has studied abroad extensively and understands the challenges one faces from discovering the right program to arriving on campus, I am excited about what AdmitKard is building. Their product-first approach to democratising access to global education is what our youth need today” said Dhruv Dhanraj Bahl – COO, BharatPe.

Piyush Bhartiya- Founder & CEO, AdmitKard, said: “We witnessed a 1100 percent hike in the number of queries pouring in. We have seen spectacular growth and kudos to our automation, we were able to handle them well. Now the focus is on growth and hence we would be raising a bigger round. This is more like a mentors and well-wishers round. We are fortunate to have credible names from ed-tech sector itself and other marquee angels backing us today. We have touched ARR of USD ~2Mn in the month of June 2021 and are on track to hit ARR of USD ~8Mn by March’22.”