SkillKindle, an online marketplace for students and teachers has raised angel funding from i3 Consulting. SkillKindle was started in 2011 by Tanuj Choudhry, formerly at Winning Edge Education and a consultant at McKinsey. The team of skillkindle includes Saumya Singha Roy, Veer Bahadur Singh Narula, Archana Sinha, and Ranita Uppal.
The site primarily offers workshops by experts. It helps students find a class to buy online, or get contact details of a training firm that offers the skill. It has so far featured 76 workshops since December 2011 and has contributed between 10-15% seats to the workshops. It claims to offer a free listing for a period of 60 days for new users.
The startup will use the funds to expand its team, particularly in the marketing and technology functions. It is also planning to launch in Mumbai and Bangalore by Jul-Aug 2012, and then opening up pan-India by October 2012.It is also planning to develop a strong foothold in the semi-professional and professional skills market. The firm has started development of a stronger platform for hosted content.
i3 consulting is a business consulting firm that works with organizations to improve their performance on a sustainable basis.