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Mobile services marketplace UrbanClap launches its app in Bengaluru

UrbanClap, a mobile services marketplace started in October 2014, recently launched its mobile app in Bengaluru. The company currently offers services in 23 categories in Bengaluru, but it has plans to expand its reach and provide services in more than a hundred categories by the end of the year.

The idea is to help consumers find the best services easily and provide the large base of individuals/small businesses with a platform to manage and grow their client network. From a plumber to a wedding photographer or a yoga teacher, users can find everything on UrbanClap. 

UrbanClap, a mobile services marketplace started in October 2014, recently launched its mobile app in Bengaluru. The company currently offers services in 23 categories in Bengaluru, but it has plans to expand its reach and provide services in more than a hundred categories by the end of the year.

The idea is to help consumers find the best services easily and provide the large base of individuals/small businesses with a platform to manage and grow their client network. From a plumber to a wedding photographer or a yoga teacher, users can find everything on UrbanClap. 

VarunKhaitan, Co-founder and Director, UrbanClap.com said, “We started UrbanClap inspired by the immense potential that the highly unorganized services market in India holds. After our success in the capital, Bengaluru is our next city of choice for launch. There is a huge demand for excellent service professionals in the city known for its technology and culture-loving citizens. We plan to galvanize this space by connecting the talented musicians, photographers and other artists with those in need of their services.”

Varun Khaitan (IIT Kanpur, BCG), Abhiraj Bhal (IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kanpur, BCG) and Raghav Chandra (early Twitter engineer, UC Berkeley) came up with the idea of UrbanClap with the objective of creating a large tech business to solve a primary customer need in India. All three realised how fragmented the local services industry in the country really was and how difficult it could be to find and hire the right service professional. 

The business model is based on the premise of charging the listed professionals for the business they get through the platform. In April 2015, we reported that UrbanClap had raised Rs. 10 crore in funding from SAIF Partners, Accel Partners and the founders of Snapdeal, Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal. 

Currently based out of Delhi-NCR, the company has an extensive growth plan which involves branching out in about 10 more Indian cities.After Bengaluru, it is slated to make its platform live in Mumbai. In addition, it will be strengthening its current workforce from the present 50 to about 250 in the next six months.

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