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Bengaluru: Ketto, an online crowdfunding platform, aims to double its workforce next year, even as it looks to cement its presence beyond metropolitan centres.

The Bengaluru-based startup currently employs 150 people and plans to hire as many more in its technology and business development teams as product managers, support executives and social media personnel.

“We are also planning to cement our presence in Tier-II and Tier-III cities and will be extending our teams in Pune, Nagpur, Kochi, Thrissur, Mysore, and Mangalore,” Varun Sheth, co-founder and chief executive officer at Ketto, told The Economic Times.

The company has introduced the Ketto Fellowship programme in non-metro cities to provide quality and affordable healthcare. It is recruiting youngsters in these centres to run awareness campaigns in local hospitals and educate the masses on medical crowdfunding.

The company recently hired Practo’s Amit Bhagat as vice-president of business, in a bid to strengthen its healthcare vertical.

“We have seen four times growth in business in the last seven months, and we have added over 20 new people in the team to manage the growth and offer better customer experience,” Sheth said. “We see great potential in Tier-II and Tier-III cities. However, there is a need to spread awareness about crowdfunding in medical, social and educational spheres.”

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