Edtech Startup Hicounselor Wins $1.8M Funding Led by Heroic Ventures

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Edtech startup HiCounselor, which helps students and tech professionals improve their skills and get jobs in tech in the United States, raised $1.8 million in a directed pre-seed round by the Californian company Heroic Ventures. A few other investors joined in the round, including Tread CEO Dinesh Godara and two angel groups, SuperMorpheus and GoldenNivesh.

HiCounselor was launched in April 2020 by Aditya Sharma and Rani Haroune. The company says it has multiplied during the pandemic and is operationally profitable. So far, HiCounselor has helped hundreds of candidates land jobs in software engineering, data science, sales force consulting, and product management in the United States.

“The inability of universities to upgrade their curriculum in line with industry demands has opened up avowed status quo disruptors like HiCounselor to push a new kind of thinking that goes beyond traditional education and focuses on results-driven employable skills. We aim to bridge this huge gap through our personalized learning platform and our AI-based job search and networking tool,” said Aditya Sharma, CEO of HiCounselor.

Moreover, HiCounselor uses the knowledge of FAANG professionals to improve the skills of candidates in just 4-6 weeks of the online training program. The company has over 60 instructors in the United States. Additionally, the company’s AI-powered job search and networking automation tool saves students 20-25 hours of manual job search effort each week.

The two co-founders, Aditya and Rani have a solid technical and professional background. Prior to co-founding HiCounselor, Aditya Sharma graduated from Duke University and worked for several years as a senior Salesforce consultant at Deloitte in San Francisco. Rani Haroune earned an MBA from the Kellogg School and worked as a leader at Kronos in Chicago. They identified a gap in the job search and recruitment process that caused them to quit their full-time jobs in 2019 and start HiCounselor.

HiCounselor plans to expand into more in-demand technical skills in the future, including cybersecurity, insurance technology, and CRM. Additionally, the team will invest in artificial intelligence (AI) to create a personalized learning experience and automate the job search process.

“The job search journey is different for everyone, so don’t let a few rejections put you off. Instead, focus on upskilling and modern job search techniques, like networking and references, rather than sticking to the outdated program and traditional approach to online applications.” said founders Aditya and Rani.

Website: www.hicounselor.com

Disclaimer: This is a company statement. No HT journalists are involved in the creation of this content.

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