Leap Club, a professional network focused on women, has raised Rs 2.6 crore from a group of investors including Whiteboard Capital, FirstCheque, and Pine Labs CEO Amrish Rau.
Other investors include Artha India Ventures, Sweta Rau, founder of White Ventures, Deepak Abbot, former Paytm top executive and Harpreet Singh Grover, co-founder at Co-Cubes.
Founded by former Zomato executives Ragini Das and Anand Sinha, the company aims to create a private professional network for women with the aim of employing them in leadership roles across organisations.
Leap offers a membership that helps women leaders grow through a host of services including a curated network, executive coaching, upskilling programs, and mental wellness support.
“Our mission is to accelerate the journey of women into leadership positions and bridge the leadership gap,” Sinha told ET. “We have young leaders with 3-4 years of work ex, and experienced women with more than 15 years of work ex as members,” he said.
The company says it has more than 4,000 women on the wait list. “They apply for the membership, we have a conversation to explain the benefits and check whether that are ready to invest the time and effort. The wait list has been curated through our social posts,” Das said.
Executives from Uber, TikTok, Dunzo, NDTV, Group M, Tinder, Invest India, Google among others are a part of the mentorship program.
“Economic data suggests a clear positive correlation between higher participation of women in the workforce and a country’s development,” said Sandeep Tandon, managing partner at Whiteboard Capital.