The company claims it has grown manifold during the pandemic and is operationally profitable
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Edtech startup HiCounselor, which helps college students and tech professionals upgrade their skills and get a tech job in the US, has raised $1.8 million in a pre-seed round led by California-based Heroic Ventures. A few other investors participated in the round, including Tread's CEO Dinesh Godara, and two angel groups, SuperMorpheus and GoldenNivesh.
HiCounselor was launched in April 2020 by Aditya Sharma and Rani Haroune. The company claims it has grown manifold during the pandemic and is operationally profitable. So far, HiCounselor has helped hundreds of candidates land a job in software engineering, data science, salesforce consulting, and product management roles in the US.
"The failure of universities to upgrade their curriculum as per industry requirements has opened up avowed status-quo disruptors like HiCounselor to push a new kind of thinking that looks beyond traditional education and focuses on result-oriented employable skills. We aim to bridge this massive gap through our personalized learning platform and AI-powered job search and networking tool," said Aditya Sharma, CEO of HiCounselor.
In addition, HiCounselor utilizes the knowledge of FAANG professionals to upskill candidates in just 4-6 weeks of the online training program. The company has more than 60+ instructors in the US. In addition, the company's AI-powered job search and networking automation tool enables students to save 20-25 hours of manual job search effort every week.
Both Co-founders, Aditya and Rani come from a strong technical and professional background. Prior to co-founding HiCounselor, Aditya Sharma graduated from Duke University and has worked for several years as a Senior Salesforce Consultant at Deloitte in San Francisco. Rani Haroune earned MBA from Kellogg School and worked as a leader at Kronos in Chicago. They identified a gap in the job search and recruitment process which made them leave their full-time job in 2019 and start HiCounselor.
HiCounselor plans to expand to more in-demand technical skills in the future, including cybersecurity, insurance tech, and CRM. Furthermore, the team will invest in artificial intelligence (AI) to create a personalized learning experience and automate the job search process.
"The job searching journey is different for everyone, so don't let a few rejections discourage you. Instead, focus on upskilling and modern job searching techniques, like networking and referrals, rather than sticking to the outdated curriculum and traditional approach of online applications." said founders Aditya and Rani.