Learning and community platform FrontRow has raised a seed round of $3.2 million led by venture capital firms Lightspeed and Elevation (formerly SAIF Partners), along with Deepika Padukone’s Family Office.
The startup was founded by Mikhil Raj, Shubhadit Sharma, and Ishaan Preet Singh earlier this year, FrontRow aims to help people learn from the very best and get better at their passion, be it music, comedy, cricket or anything else. It offers classes taught by the biggest celebrities in the field, paired with a community platform that gives learners regular activities, competitions, and peer engagement to practise and showcase their talent.
Deepika Padukone said, “If there’s one thing I wish I had access to while growing up, it would be a platform like FrontRow, one that gives individuals access to abundant knowledge in non-academic fields and connects them to a community of peers and professionals in their field of interest.”
Mayank Khanduja, Partner at Elevation Capital, said: “Our past investments in the education, social and creator space such as Unacademy, Sharechat and CampK12 have made us extremely bullish on the opportunity to create large learning and community platforms in India. Once we spoke to FrontRow’s early users, we saw similar potential, and the need for a platform like this became very clear.”
Akshay Bhushan, Partner at Lightspeed said, “We’ve known this team for years and are extremely excited to back a team building a new paradigm for learning – a cross between learning, entertainment, and community, we’ve been early investors across these categories with BYJU’S and Sharechat, and believe that a solution needs to pick the best from all of them.”
FrontRow will use the $3.2 million funding to add more courses and categories, expand its community offering, and go deeper into various course formats.