[YS Exclusive] Video shopping platform Kiko Live closes pre-Series A round of $1M

Live video shopping platform Kiko has raised funding from SOSV, Venture Catalysts, and GSF Accelerator. It will use the funds to scale technology and marketing, and onboard live sellers on the platform.
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Video-based social commerce startup Kiko Live has raised $1 million pre-Series A funding . The round saw participation from SOSV, a global VC firm which led the round, GSF Accelerator, and Venture Catalysts, India’s leading angel network. The round also saw participation from Dinesh Agarwal, CEO of IndiaMart, and Amarjit Batra, MD of Spotify India and ex CEO, OLX.

Speaking about the funding, Shivam Varshney, Co-founder and CEO – KIKO Live, said, “We are delighted to be a part of the GSF Accelerator portfolio. The funding will be used to scale up technology and marketing, and onboard live sellers on the platform.”

Founded by Shivam, an alumnus of IIT Bombay, and Alok Chawla, an MBA from NMIMS, Kiko Live is a video shopping and selling platform that enables local sellers to open an online store in under two minutes.

Rajesh Sawhney, of GSF Accelerator, said, “Kiko Live solves the online selling problem of millions of small retailers, which is nearly a $1 trillion business in India. We believe their solution is simple and easy to adopt by sellers, and being early movers in this space gives them a great advantage”.

Its unique value proposition uses modern technology to provide customers with a two-way interactive shopping experience, allowing them to enter a shop virtually and engage with as well as get assistance from sellers.

Small retail businesses in India generate over $700 billion in annual revenue, but they have few options for selling to their consumers online.

Kiko Live's one-of-a-kind solution not only enables these millions of local merchants to create virtual live stores and sell to customers but also provides payment and delivery solutions.

Dinesh Agarwal, Founder, CEO of IndiaMART, said, “There is no better influencer to sell products, than the shopkeeper himself. The Kiko Live app brings your entire local market into your palm, and we believe Kiko Live is the best retail solution available for shops. We are happy to back them in their growth journey”.

Edited by Teja Lele Desai

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