Jobs App For Poor Workers Used By Amazon, BigBasket Raises $8 Million

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Apna, founded by Apple Inc. alumnus Nirmit Parikh, is a sort of LinkedIn for non-English-speaking. It is an app startup which helps the first-time internet users to access job opportunities by entering their name, age, and skills. Then it generates  a virtual “business card” that’s shared with potential employers.

Apna, an app startup aims to connect millions of bottom-of-the-pyramid workers to employers amid the devastation of India’s lockdown, has raised $8 million from a clutch of investors. This app is  funded by new investors Greenoaks Capital, Rocketship VC as well as existing backers Lightspeed India and Sequoia Capital.

With the help of the investors the app aims to expand to more cities. Apna app has plans to grow across verticals such as accounting, customer service and nursing. Currently, Apna is in five cities.

The startup, founded by Apple Inc. alumnus Nirmit Parikh, is a sort of LinkedIn for non-English-speaking, poorer Indians. The app helps first-time internet users access job opportunities by entering their name, age, and skills to generate a virtual “business card” that’s shared with potential employers. Less than a year after its December launch, Apna has 1.2 million users.

It generated over a million job interviews in the last month for workers such as carpenters, painters and field sales agents, growing over 3X month-on-month, according to the company. The company added that Amazon.com, online grocer BigBasket and HDFC Bank have hired through the app.

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