Career development startup Fearless+ has secured $1 million in a pre-seed funding round, which it will use to raise brand awareness and develop additional features for its platform.

Founded in 2020 and based in New York City, Fearless+ connects young adults with college and career opportunities. Its users also have access to mentors and workshops. The company says that its algorithm identifies students’ soft skills for employers and recruiters.

“48% of high school students feel unprepared for the workforce,” said co-founder and CEO Deepali Vyas.

“Our youth need career readiness options beyond SAT scores or GPAs. They need to learn how to balance a budget and stand out in interviews. Fearless+ is the only platform offering students the tools, opportunities and mentorship access they may be lacking, with an accessible digital format.”

Co-founder and CTO Mike Grushin added that “Soft skills are crucial to personal and professional success, but they’re not typically taught in high schools. This is why Fearless+ needs to exist.”

The investment round was led by Wray Thorn, who is also an advisor to the company. Other participants in the round included Dimond Family Office and angel investors Linda Mintz, Sheila Baird, Mohit Daswani, Tom Grossman, Sandy Hausner and Vlad Brodsky.

Thorn said the company was “democratizing future generations’ access to personal and professional development.”

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