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Virtual spiritual platform VAMA raises $750,000

CHENNAI: After fintech, it’s now time for “faith-tech.” VAMA, a virtual platform that provides access to services for one’s religious and spiritual journeys, has raised $750,000 in a seed funding round.

This round was co-led by Huddle & 7Square Ventures and also saw participation from other startup veterans, including Cred founder Kunal Shah, Varun Alagh, co-founder & CEO, Mamaearth, Harit Nagpal, CEO, Tata Play, Ravijot Singh Chugh, chief product officer, Climb Credit, Archana Priyadarshini, general partner, PointOne Capital, Ashutosh Valani & Priyank Shah, co-founders, Beardo, Umang Kumar, co-founder & president, Cardekho.com, Arjun Vaidya, founder, Dr. Vaidya’s, Rohan Bhargava, co-founder, CashKaro, Sameer Guglani, curator, Supermorpheus, Abhishek Joshi, business head, MX Player, Sairee Chahal, founder, Sheroes and Renu Satti, former COO, Paytm.

The freshly raised capital will be used towards bolstering the product development, introducing new service verticals on the app, as well as acquiring new talent. With this latest round, the startup has so far raised a total of $1 million.

“The demand for e-pujas and online mandir darshans is here to stay, as more Indians realize the benefits of and embrace digital services. During the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, our platform saw a huge influx of devotees from all age groups and geographies…The latest round of funding will allow us to invest in good talent in technology among other verticals, that are crucial to offering an unparalleled experience to users,” Manu Jain, co-founder, VAMA said.

Founded in late 2020 by Manu Jain, Himanshu Semwal and Acharya Dev, VAMA is a platform that provides easy access to e-pujas, e-darshans and astrology services to devotees from across India and the world. The app that is available on Android devices as of now, offers virtual puja remedies in renowned temples from all over the country and has so far enabled over 50,000 online consultations.

The spiritual tech startup plans to soon introduce live streaming of ‘darshan’ and ‘aartis’ as well as the option for users to make online donations towards temples. Additionally, the company also plans to broaden its services this year by collaborating with more than 100 temples and venturing into international markets such as the Middle East, the US and Canada.

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