[Case Study] CollegeDekho: Funding, Founder and Business Model


College Dekho is an Ed-tech startup which provides a new age college search portal that allows students to explore educational courses and colleges across India. Founded by Ruchir Arora in 2010 CollegeDekho is a Student’s Partner to search, apply, prepare and even save names of colleges for later use.


CollegeDekho Founder

CollegeDekho was founded by Ruchir Arora who did his Mechanical Engineering from Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology in 2001 and went to Indian School of Business for M.B.A in Information Technology and Finance. After his B.tech he worked for CSC for one year and then went for his MBA. After that, he worked TechM as a Manager. He also led Sales Operations for Shine.com, India’s premier job portal, managing 200+ sales executives across 10 locations.

collegedekho founder

 Ruchir founded, HTCampus.com in 2010 targeting the education advertising and admissions services market. Education advertising, with an estimated market size of Rs 2500 cr is one of the largest classifieds markets in India.

Ruchir is also the part of mycollegeform.com, India’s 1st, and largest common application platform, 6 lac+ applications were processed through mycollegeform last year. Ruchir has 13 years of experience in internet startups, technology, and media. A senior executive with significant P&L exposure and background in sales, technology, and new business development.

On his CollegeDekho Ruchir Arora Said that “Our endeavor is to ensure that students get a fair chance to connect their passion with the desired profession. At CollegeDekho.com, it has been our continuous effort to be a support system for a student from the start of the process. This round of funding is the reiteration of the trust our investors have in our vision and a clear indication that we are on the right path to success.”

CollegeDekho Funding

Founded in 2015 CollegeDekho is run by GirnarSoft investing 1 million dollars in Seed Funding capital in 2015. The company raised another 2 million dollars from ManCapital and it has raised another $2 million from ManCapital, GirnarSoft, and other investors as a part of its third round of fundraising in February 2018.

College Dekho Success Story

College Dekho has guided over One Lakh student across India and has emerged as a leading online platform to provide guidance in the education sector. The platform not only have a huge database of colleges and connects students with colleges that would suit their interest areas. It also has a chat tool which helps students crowdsource opinions based on former and present students.

CollegeDekho also partnered with institutes like Lovely Professional University,  AIT-Bangalore, Ajeenkya D Y Patil College in Pune, JECRC University-Jaipur, Jagran Lake University-Bhopal to provide expertise and guidance to students.

Other such competitors of CollegeDekho includes Shiksha, Careers360, Collegesearch.in, Eduluk, among others.


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