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Amritsar, NFA Post: Vertical professional networking platform has raised $12.5 million in a funding round led by Sequoia Capital India and Greenoaks Capital.

Existing backers Lightspeed India and also participated in the round, said in a statement today.

This fresh round of funding will be utilised to strengthen the platform’s presence in existing cities, expand into new geographies, invest in exceptional talent, as well as build sophisticated engineering and product capabilities, the company said.

“Lack of accountability has been the core issue with current skill / vocational learning alternatives for grey and blue-collar workers. Apna has turned the problem on its head by creating net-positive job outcomes for anyone who chooses to upskill on the platform,” Partner at Lightspeed India Vaibhav Agrawal said.

Founded in 2019, focuses on expanding grey and blue-collar workers unlock professional, networking and skilling opportunities.

The platform available in Bengaluru, Jaipur, Mumbai, Ranchi, Pune, Delhi-NCR, and Ahmedabad has over six million users and over 80,000 recruiters. claims to have grown over 50x in the last eight months alone, and plans to expand further this year.

“Over the last 6 months we have facilitated 16 Million+ recruiter-candidate interactions and 30 Million+ work related conversations where users have helped each other to start a business, find a gig or learn a new skill,” Founder and Chief Executive Officer Nirmit Parikh said.

The app comprises of vertical communities for skilled professionals like carpenters, painters, field sales agents and many others. Users in the app get access to local job opportunities, can network with peers, practice interviews together, share their accomplishments, and gain new skills.

Several companies including Zomato, Urban Company, and Kirloskar for its speed, relevance, hiring, and customer support.

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