Mumbai | 12th Dec, 2016. Even as the Indian start-up ecosystem has enjoyed the best period in the last couple of years in terms of fundraising and getting global attention, starting-up is still not a cake-walk for many entrepreneurs. Considering the challenges associated while starting a company, ah! Ventures has created a marketplace that will provide startups with all kind of services right from creating a brand identity to hiring right kind of talent.

The ah! Marketplace, a unique platform, will help connect the start-ups to find relevant service providers at every step of their entrepreneurial journey. The platform works on a model wherein accredited service providers from various realms like technology, legal advisory, design, content, finance, HR, etc offer their services to the enterprises looking for those.

The core proposition of this platform is not just to be a marketplace but to be a platform wherein every transaction is monitored and regulated. Every transaction between the parties is based upon a pre-decided package and the payments involved are thoroughly regulated by ah! Ventures. It is only after the successful delivery of the services that the payment processed. This feature is a game changer in a world where the start-ups interact with service providers unknown to them. It assures the entrepreneurs a fair deal with guaranteed services at customised one-time, annual or life-time packages.

Commenting on the need for a product like this, Harshad Lahoti, Founder and CEO of ah! Ventures, opined, “Given the experience of being an active investing entity in the entrepreneurial eco-system of India, I believe that one of the key factors behind an idea becoming a successful enterprise is taking the right business decisions at the right time. Be it a branding overhaul or a technological innovation, it is these offerings that make the customer experience unique. With the launch of this marketplace, ah! Ventures aims to cut down on the time enterprises waste in finding the right partners and focus on bettering their core service offering.”

Currently the platform is live with some of the niche service providers like PitchWorx, a creative design company offering Design, Presentation and Video Packages; Pronto Infotech offering Technology Resource Packages; ah! Ventures itself with its Investor Network offerings among others. There are a number of other service providers lined up to go live in a short while.

Commenting on offering viable solutions to startups, Abhijeet Kumar, Co-founder of ah! Ventures & Pronto Infotech said, “In the nascent stages, start-ups have to be cost effective and yet they have to simultaneously focus on being technologically innovative. We truly understand the conundrum of such start-ups and hence Pronto Infotech is collaborating with ah! Ventures to offer holistic technological solutions to such deserving enterprises. These bundled monthly packages help the entrepreneurs follow a monetarily lean model. With such packages, we intend to extend high quality yet feasible options to entrepreneurs who wish to make it big in this startup world”

Dharmendra Ahuja, the Founder & CEO of PitchWorx – a creative design studio, understands the importance of getting access to the right pitching tools at the right time. Commenting on offering PitchWorx services to the evolving entrepreneurs, he opined, “Being an entrepreneur is every individual’s dream. Be it an investor presentation, an animated explainer video or even your website – we believe everything is a pitch! Having worked with more than 100 start ups and a number of global corporations we understand how important it is to pitch a business perfectly. Thanks to today’s booming visual content trends, we have been successful in helping startups captivate their audiences with a visually compelling story – every time! We are excited to be part of the ah! Ventures marketplace as a startup service provider in the creative design space.”

Since its inception in 2012, ah! Ventures, spearheaded by Founder and CEO Harshad Lahoti and Co-Founder Abhijeet Kumar, has crossed numerous milestones. With an extensive network of 850+ investors, 17000 entrepreneurs and a over 100 crores of investment raised till date, ah! Ventures has strived to be the best guiding hand for the all the players in this ecosystem. With the launch of this unique marketplace, ah! Ventures is creating a positive disruption in a startup ecosystem which is in dire need of a service like this.

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