‘The star in me’ raises $400K seed round to scale its global platform
New Delhi: The star in me, a global career advancement platform for women and a diversity partner for organisations, announced today that it has secured a seed fund of $400K from two investors – US-based MN2P Holdings, LLC and ISB DLabs, in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India.
This investment will be leveraged to increase the platform’s reach and strengthen the core team. Beyond the funding, ISB DLabs is closely associated with crafting The star in me’s growth strategy through its vast ecosystem of faculty, domain experts and partners. The partnership is also cemented by the fact that one of the founders, Mahua Mukherjee is an alumna of the Indian School of Business (ISB).
The star in me has been among the top 10 women-led ventures in India on Google Launchpad and She Loves Tech platforms and has received several awards from industry bodies such as HYSEA (Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association).
The star in me has grown rapidly over the last 12 months and currently has members from over 65 countries. It also works with several multinational organisations such as Infosys, Intel, Straive (SPi Global), AB InBev, JPMC, Cognizant, Electronic Arts, F5 Networks on diversity and leadership initiatives. The platform leverages over 90 global experts and coaches including former CXOs of Fortune 500 firms, ivy-league professors and best-selling authors, to deliver services to organisations and individuals.
Uma Kasoji and Mahua Mukherjee, Founders of The star in me, said: “We founded The star in me with a vision to bridge the gender gap in leadership. By drawing from our own experience and insights gathered from global leaders, we have designed this platform to power women to take charge and fast-track their career growth. The star in me offers curated leadership programs, mentor labs, networking avenues and coaching engagements which are leveraged by professionals to chart their leadership journeys. The platform’s tools enable habit-formation to facilitate mindset shifts and strengthen the core skills of the members.”
The star in me Premium, the recently launched subscription model is based on the philosophy that domain and functional skills are not enough for career success; what is also needed are intangible skills like creative problem solving, decision-making, negotiation and influencing skills, personal branding, self-mastery, etc. With The star in me Premium, professionals can acquire intangible skills through a systemic framework to accelerate their careers, taking them from Good to Great.