Snapdeal founders, Rajesh Sawhney and others invest in Gigstart


Delhi-based startup Gigstart, the marketplace that facilitates quick and transparent connections between entertainers and party planners has received seed funding in excess of $ 200,000. The investors include Indian Dream Capital (Mauritius), Rajesh Sawhney (GSF), Rohit Bansal and KunalBahl (Snapdeal), Narendra Singh Rawat (FG Wilson), TA Venture Holding Limited, Roshan Abbas and Anand Chandrasekaran.

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, BITS Pilani alumnus and the co-founder of Gigstart, said,

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.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.”

Started in December 2013 by Atit Jain and Madhulika Pandey, 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.

What will the funds be used for?

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.