Thursday, 11 December 2014

Gigstart closes seed round funding at $ 210,000

To channelise new capital towards building a world-class platform

with investments in tech, content and geographical expansion 

New Delhi, December 5, 2014 : Gigstart, the marketplace that facilitates quick and transparent connections between entertainers and party planners has received seed funding of $ 210,000. The investors include Powerhouse Ventures (USA), Rajesh Sawhney (GSF), Rohit Bansal & Kunal Bahl (Snapdeal), Narendra Singh Rawat (FG Wilson and BITS Spark), TA Venture Holding Limited (Ukraine), Roshan Abbas (Encompass Events) and Anand Chandrasekaran (Airtel).

The funding comes less than one-year into the launch of the marketplace on the back of its steady success in creating value for both sides of the supply-demand chain. The infusion of new funds is likely to be invested in building technology infrastructure, content of superlative quality, hiring key talent to facilitate expansion and exploration of newer geographies.

Atit Jain, Co-Founder, Gigstart, says, “We are pleased at having officially closed the seed round of funding. The faith that the investors have shown in the venture stems from the fact that we have been witnessing 30% month-on-month growth since our inception and the numbers have been particularly positive in the last three months.” He further added, “Without sounding self-congratulatory, it is pertinent to point out that a platform like ours doesn’t exist anywhere in the world. We aim to channelise the funds in a manner that helps us build a world-class product in terms of scale, reach and value.”

The fresh round of funds will be channelised by Gigstart into four broad domains. Technology building will be one of the core areas of investment with a focus on scaling up the product so it can seamlessly handle the rapidly-increasing traffic on the site. Content creation and promotion will be another major area of emphasis. Gigstart aims to build robust and quality content to attract customers for its services. It will also assist artists in creating videos and audios for better conversions.

"Entertainment as a category is expanding exponentially in India.  It is no longer just going to the movies.  Consumers and corporations are looking for a diverse set of entertainment options to please their crowds.  And, exceptionally talented performers and entertainers are looking for ways to showcase their talents and build their brand.  Gigstart is an online marketplace that facilitates this process and, with its exceptional founding team, is the leader in this category.  We see tremendous growth potential over the next several years.” elaborates Sri Peddu, MD, Powerhouse Ventures.

Marketing is another aspect that will witness substantial investment.  There will be a great thrust on on-ground activities and co-sponsorship of events that become regular affairs and build the Gigstart brand.  Hiring of talent across ranks in order to expand both the customer and the artist base will see significant focus.

Expansion of footprint in newer geographies is a core area where the funds will be channelised. The founders of Gigstart firmly believe that the market for a service like Gigstart’s is immense in tier II and tier III towns of the country. With the growth in these geographies, the marketplace aims to tap this latent potential.  As one of the investors is based out of Dubai, Gigstart may also explore the synergies in the emirate.

Gigstart is a marketplace that facilitates quick and transparent connections between entertainers and party planners.  Incepted in December 2013 in New Delhi, the company leads artists, performers and other organisers to their potential clients. It also aims to serve the customer-side by enabling them to make informed choices through verified listings, meaningful reviews and ratings. The main objective of Gigstart is to wipe out numerous interceding channels involved in a conventional event booking process.

On the platform one can find anchors, stand-up comics, singers, dancers, make-up artists and photographers amongst others. Gigstart is a one-stop destination for planning a party or a mega event of any sort. Starting from providing various options, guiding party planners to the best-suited artists and connecting them, to concluding with payment services and contract formalities, it’s a unified platform that offers comprehensive solutions for all entertainment needs

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