Angel funded AlmaConnect opens up it beta platform for alumni & students of top 10 colleges of India.

almaconnectAlmaConnect is a platform to leverage your alumni network. It helps you discover relevant news & updates of alumni and further have a spam free trusted interaction with alumni & students.

Over 150 Colleges in India & abroad use AlmaConnect to connect with alums including the likes of IIT Roorkee, St. Stephen’s College, Nanyang Business School.

Recently AlmaConnect launched a beta feature, where aggregates news about theAlumni of an institute from over 500 media websites. This, amongst other things, has led to an amazingly engaged platform seeing a daily engagement of over 30% users & weekly engagement from over 75% of the users. They are now opening this version to top IITs, IIMs, BITS& ISB.

Given the alumni interaction problem has existed from decades primarily because of how to engage alumni daily/weekly, these numbers are a big break through in the social networking space which has a potential market of catering to 10 million alumni & students of over 20,000 institutes in India itself.

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Swapnil Khandelwal,Founder, Almaconnect explained: “Reid Hoffman said: “Massively valuable properties will be built off networks.There will be different networks for different domains.” WE are building one such massive network over alumni networking domain”.

“It has taken us 4 years of experimentation, 150+ colleges, 25+ experimental features,
125,000+ users to finally crack a sustainable & scalable alumni engagement model” he added.

Over time, they plan to use it as a platform to enter different domains, including referral jobs market very soon.

It has previously raised $300,000 of funding through CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad, Ixora Ventures, & a few more angels and is being accelerated by 91springboard. 91springboard has been advisors to startups like Squadrun, Primaseller, Phonewarrior, Wedmegood, amongst others.

Almaconnect is now in raising a Series-A round of $2 million for expanding its user base to 1 million and further enhancing the engagement metrics.

The kudos however, have already started flowing in:

Pranay Gupta, Co-Founder, 91springboard said “I think the engagement that AlmaConnect is seeing is a game changer. It is on its way to be one of the biggest alternate social network which is beyond just a friends network.”


Dharmendra Yashovardhan, Co-Founder, Ixigo, too was ecstatic : “It is fascinating to see how the team has taken it to their heart that they want to solve the problem of the alumni community and build real scale here.”

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