Jayshree Harak, Founder and CEO of AskLaser
Jayshree Harak, Founder and CEO of AskLaser

Marwari Catalysts Portfolio company- AskLaser raises Pre-Seed round to illuminate the future of lasers

ANI | Updated: Nov 26, 2021 11:41 IST

New Delhi [India], November 26 (ANI/SRV): The platform aims to provide a one-stop solution to the dis-organization in the laser technology industry and develop a marketplace for the same by providing an optimised information service to buyers and sellers.
B2B platform, AskLaser announces the closing of its Pre-Seed round with participation from Nitin Sethi, Nitin Siddamsetty, Aditya Ramteke, Surendra Bishnoi, and other investors from the ecosystem. Largely this fund was facilitated by investors from Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities like Nasik, Pune, Rajasthan, and Hyderabad.
The startup revealed that the funds will be utilized to advance its offering in the laser technology industry while expanding the Indian as well as the global footprint. Founded in 2021 by Jayshree Harak, AskLaser is a Marwari Catalysts Ventures portfolio company and aims to provide a one-stop solution to the disorganization in the laser technology market. AskLaser leverages laser technology-related knowledge and information to make laser investments and awareness accessible to people.
Laser technology is one of the most cliche and promising technologies of the 21st century. Lasers surround human beings in every sphere making the technology ubiquitous. From treating deadliest diseases such as cancer to providing the ultimate entertainment, lasers have helped humans in ways that have not been possible with any other technology. The popularity of laser technologies has grown across many industries such as manufacturing, automotive, railways, and aerospace in India.
"Currently, the market for lasers is growing at a good pace. India has a 5% share of the more than USD12 billion global laser market. With a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12%, the global laser market is expected to cross USD 30 billion in the next five years and India will be the main contributor to this growth. What is challenging is the lack of awareness, lack of expert consulting, unavailability of services which therefore is a big gap and the biggest challenge for the manufacturers & Consumers globally. Currently right information through right channels is not present. This is the need-gap that the platform maintains that they aim to address." says Jayshree Harak, Founder & CEO, AskLaser, while speaking on the investment.

Further adding she says, "Attracting investment is a milestone for any startup - it's a vote of confidence from a respected outside expert in your space and a signal that your company is well-positioned for the future. With Marwari Catalysts' support and belief in our vision, we are looking forward to aggressively capturing the market and scaling the business globally."
"Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Having a structured laser technology industry is the need of the hour as laser technology is well established in many verticals including MSME which in turn is a very big market. Therefore, we firmly believe that AskLaser is well-poised to capitalise on a massive market opportunity and since India is poised to become a global manufacturing hub, the startup also enhances the Make in India initiative taken by our government, offering a unique opportunity to transform and accelerate the trajectory of the manufacturing sector in India." commented Sushil Sharma, Founder & CEO, Marwari Catalysts.
"Now is the time when old horses have decided to innovate and that's where B2B startups are back in the game, with a bang! They're booming at a great pace and that's true," stated Devesh Rakhecha, Founder & Director, Marwari Catalysts.
He says, "Investors too are keen on investing/buying a stake in B2B Startups and as Billions pour into Indian B2B companies, more and more unicorns are coming up from this sector. And as the market for lasers in India is now really hotting up, more investors are joining the wave to bet on the laser technology industry and we are determined enough that AskLaser will be the Next Big Thing in the market."
In the end, the startup concluded that this first round of funding was for the ideation stage, basic data collection, development, and validation! For the next round, AskLaser will be looking forward to raising USD 300,000 which will be utilised for the Technology & Operations.
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