The new India-based ah! Marketplace, a platform which aims to connect startups to find relevant service providers at every step of their entrepreneurial journey, works on a model wherein accredited service providers from various sectors such as technology, legal advisory, design, content, finance and HR, offering their services to startups.
“Given the experience of being an active investing entity in the entrepreneurial eco-system of India, I believe that one of the key factors behind an idea becoming a successful enterprise is taking the right business decisions at the right time,” indicated ah! Ventures Founder and CEO Harshad Lahoti. Be it a branding overhaul or a technological innovation, it is these offerings that make the customer experience unique. With the launch of this marketplace, ah! Ventures aims to cut down on the time enterprises waste in finding the right partners and focus on bettering their core service offering.”
The core proposition of this platform is not just to be a marketplace but to be a platform wherein every transaction is monitored and regulated. Every transaction between the parties is based upon a pre-decided package and the payments involved are thoroughly regulated by ah! Ventures. It is only after the successful delivery of the services that the payment processed. This feature is a game changer in a world where the start-ups interact with service providers unknown to them. It assures the entrepreneurs a fair deal with guaranteed services at customised one-time, annual or life-time packages.
“In the nascent stages, start-ups have to be cost effective and yet they have to simultaneously focus on being technologically innovative. We truly understand the conundrum of such start-ups and hence Pronto Infotech is collaborating with ah! Ventures to offer holistic technological solutions to such deserving enterprises,” stated ah! Ventures & Pronto Infotech Abhijeet Kumar. “These bundled monthly packages help the entrepreneurs follow a monetarily lean model. With such packages, we intend to extend high quality yet feasible options to entrepreneurs who wish to make it big in this startup world.”
The platform is now live with niche service providers including PitchWorx, a creative design company offering Design, Presentation and Video Packages; Pronto Infotech offering Technology Resource Packages; and ah! Ventures itself with its Investor Network offerings. Additional service providers partnerships will announced at a later date.
“Being an entrepreneur is every individual’s dream. Be it an investor presentation, an animated explainer video or even your website – we believe everything is a pitch!” explained PitchWorx Founder & CEO of Dharmendra Ahuja. “Having worked with more than 100 start ups and a number of global corporations we understand how important it is to pitch a business perfectly. Thanks to today’s booming visual content trends, we have been successful in helping startups captivate their audiences with a visually compelling story – every time! We are excited to be part of the ah! Ventures marketplace as a startup service provider in the creative design space.”
Since its inception in 2012, ah! Ventures, spearheaded by Lahoti and Kumar, have created an extensive network of 850+ investors, 17000 entrepreneurs and a over 100 crores (approx $16M) of investment raised to date.