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Edtech startup Melvano, Mortgage lender LoanKuber close early-stage deals

Edtech startup Melvano raises Rs 1.3 crore

Edtech startup Melvano on Thursday said it has received an investment of Rs 1.3 crore from Tyke Invest, as it looks to grow its new platform in the upskilling segment—Skillbary.

The IIT Madras-incubated startup was founded in 2018 by Taran Singh and Sachin Sanodiya. The learning app offers personalised coursework for IIT-JEE and NEET aspirants, based on the student’s assessment.

It has further created a reward system for students which gives out Melvano coins each time they complete a chapter or take a test on the app. These coins can be later redeemed while purchasing any premium services of Melvano like live classes and personal mentoring by IIT alumni. 

With the new capital, Melvano intends to enter the upskilling market with new platform Skillbary, to be launched in March. 

“We are witnessing more and more graduates who have completed bachelor’s programme but are unable to find employment. The vast disparity between the skills taught in colleges and those needed for current occupations is the cause of this. We all have witnessed the unpredictable recession to affect even the best professionals. Given that, majority of upskilling platforms only cater to working professionals,” said CEO Taran Singh. 

Skillbary would offer micro-certification courses for college students or fresh graduates who are aiming to upskill themselves in fields of product management, sales, operations, data science etc. This includes live projects, mock interviews, internships, and job opportunities upon course completion.

“Additionally, we would encourage kids to get employment when they are ready,” the CEO added.

Mortgage platform LoanKuber raises $2 million led by Inflection Point Ventures

Lending platform LoanKuber has raised $2 million as part of its ongoing Series A round led by Inflection Point Ventures. 

The round also saw participation from Accolade Holdings, LetsVenture, family offices, and angel investors including Prashant Tandon (Founder, 1Mg ), Pankaj Vermani (Founder, Clovia), and Vishal Gupta (Director, TA Associates). 

The company plans to use the funds to scale AUM, improve the existing technology stack and expand the team.

LoanKuber was founded by Saurabh Nagpal, an alumnus of IIT Delhi and New York University, who was earlier part of the founding team of Lehman Brothers/ Nomura in India.

The digital platform offers mortgage loans to micro SMEs, through co-lending partnerships with regulated entries (REs) and also via its own NBFCs. The company claims to have achieved profitability and aims to build an AUM of Rs 200 crore in the next 15 months as part of its expansion plan. 

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