SINGAPORE, 17 August 2021: ADPList, the global mentorship platform launched 2020 with an aim to help laid-off designers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic connect with mentors and find jobs, today announced USD $1.3 million in funding from Surge, a rapid scale-up program by Sequoia Capital India for startups in India and Southeast Asia. ADPList is a platform for people to find, book and meet mentors around the world, providing anyone with access to some of the best mentorship. It started with the design community but was soon expanded to include other communities like product management.
Surgeahead is a fund-raising program by Sequoia Capital which invests between USD $1M to $2M in all participating companies at the start of the program in the form of equity. At the end of the program, Surge organizes an investor week, to raise more capital for selected startups from a curated set of investors.
The funding for ADPList is supported by prominent angel investors Crystal Widjaja (ex-Gojek executive), JJ Chai (CEO of Rainforest), Quek Siu Rui (Co-Founder & CEO, Carousell), Ting Feng Toh (Co-Founder of GetGo), and Zopim Founders (Royston Tay, Wen Xiang Wu, and Yang Bin Kwok).
At present, there is no shared platform that makes cross-border mentoring easy, or offers a global network of mentors with different skill sets and at different levels. In the current creator economy, where people are keen to share, support and teach others, ADPList’s instant, one-click access to a global network has made it one of the industry’s most prominent platforms.