It has been while recently restricted to our homes that the world has awakened to the worth and versatility of Edtech start-ups that are replete with proficiency hidden with a promise to impart proper education and training necessary for skill building among our youth. On Indian landscape too, coronavirus triggered lockdown offered such Edtech start-ups a golden opportunity to dazzle across the world to sharing knowledge by spreading education at length, crossing boundaries.
Considering about Edtech, such is confirmed to be the second biggest industry in the world and still records flamboyant growth, which is predicted to touch $3.2 billion mark by 2022. When lockdown was declared around the world and every building and institution was closed, technology emerged as the major saviour and way out to rely upon to perpetuate education and training. As a turnaround, prominent Edtech companies have risen to massive acclaim in India but with a global reach, owing to digital base and let’s discuss these in detail below:
- Byju’s:Grown into massive popularity, this is a popular brand upholding quality online training and education. Launched in Indian city of Bengluru by Mr. Byju Raveendran with sheer support from his wife Divya, the couple gained collaboration with major business hubs such as Disney with the objective of transforming learning into a full-fledged fun.
At present, there are loaded a lot of videos based lessons and other digital tools for individual learning preference and critical question sets meant for holistic concept clearing. For any level of study covered, from class 4th to senior levels including CAT and even for the exam preparation of IAS, UPSE, CBSE, ICSE, IIT-JEE and NEET. Besides, for young learners, an exclusive app is developed by them which is Byju’s For Kids harping upon the topics of their level.
Initially founded in Poland in 2009 by Michael Borkowski, the group is proactive in more than 35 countries with the goal of sharing knowledge through topic discussion so as to make the concepts clear, when subjects’ experts explain. Likewise, when one finds any assignment tough, approaching Brainly is the most judicious decision and with a mammoth user base of around 200 million, the platform is said to have solved around 50 million questions till now. In key areas such as Maths, science, SST and humanities and in any of the regional languages of India, one can easily refine his understanding and skills.
They accomplish things while Keeping up with their motto, “no one knows everything but everyone knows something”, they move ahead and enlighten others.
Took off in 2015 under the name Xprep, the platform has won 25 K users in quick time. The basic idea is to help coaching institutes across India, students heavily depend upon such training institutions for concept clearing. There are a handful of prime characteristics such as registering attendance smartly, students’ progress reports, academic tools are sold online, fee records maintenance, assistance in conducting online exams and so forth that a typical coaching institute in India looks for.
Besides, for parents, they ca easily keep up with the progress of their children within sight.
When youngsters seek admission in any preferred course and hunt for an authorized and accredited training institution or university across India, they turn to this iconic platform. Set up in 2014, there are listed various colleges on foreign turf also. In short, one can access authentic info about 27K recognized colleges and 7000 courses and can also prepare for various exams say 350 in number. In addition to this,
In addition to this, they also mention students’ views and parents’ reviews about colleges as well as the first hand experience of life there. For mobile access, they have got an app under development.
To enable students in making right career choices, this Ed-tech start-up acts like a beacon. One can select a college or can enrol for an internship in any field of his choice. Again, such is the bulky platform, carrying a huge amount of info about colleges, admission processes, admission requirements, courses, scholarships, admission deadlines, semesters, fee structure and so forth.
With head office tucked in Kochi, the Edtech frontrunner where the effort is towards improving language ability and the initial language was Malayalam that is quite common in Southern India. As of today, courses in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and English language are administered and students are helped in refining their lingual muscles when they offer themselves in job market.
Till now, 10 lakh youth have been benefitted by this app so far and the number is still going north.
Among the prominent EdTech effort that was started in 2013, with an objective of enriching understanding of math concepts and to enhance problem solving skills when the youngsters are back from school. The emphasis is upon gamified learning and is driven by learn-by-doing approach which has redefined learning and has ignited passion among school going children. Finally, it also encourages logical approach to considering things and has gained massive popularity among math tutors as well. There are currently around 1200 educators involved with this platform and has gathered around 5.5 million dollars as series B funding until the last year.
- Culturealley: Hello English:
To learn a range of languages, Culture Alley stands tall on the EdTech horizon with the focus on enabling a language in mind for free, when amazing language lessons are run in audio-visual format.
It offers “Hello English” as a free language learning app that has helped youngster from diverse backgrounds a great deal and with videos and one can opt for live sessions and online classes too.
Launched as a truly service oriented platform to help middle class families in arranging quality classes for their children, this is basically a non-profit EdTech venture. This platform equips parents with towering technology and necessary skills, with which to conduct quality academic training to kids at home.
People receive chapter explanation in audio form that is sent on their mobile phones. The 24 week duration of course is a major advantage to the parents who can groom young minds and can contribute to their intellect development. For such a game-changing efforts, they have recently bagged “The Next Billion EdTech Prize” in 2019 in London.
One among the early groups in EdTech, this platform has revolutionized language learning with the help of an app crafted out of premium technology. Students simply have to click on the image denoting their query after whcih video presentation appears in form of a solution.
Underlying such tech framework, NLP and AI based image recognition technology functions. As of today, queries emerge in 11 different Indian languages and students from sub-urban areas draw great advantage in learning and skill building. Brains behind the effort are Ms Tanushree Gupta and Mr. Aditya Shankar, who set it up and straight in 2016.
A major help to those looking for higher education and to get equipped with a verified degree, diploma and/ or certification, from any prestigious academic institution scattered around the world, offering online courses. Launched by Ishaan and Mayank Gupta in 2011, such is a digital oasis to those interested in any courses preferred by them. For instance, they provide help in admission to courses such as MBA, MCA, MSc IT, MA, MCom, BA, BCom, BBA and BSc IT from any national or global universities.
Needless to say, such degrees are fully valid and approved by UGC and can help a candidate in finding a right job too.
The intial objective behind this platform is to help youngsters in getting technical knowledge the idea was perceived by Prof Mahesh Wagh, who founded it up in 2009.
Currently, one can make an option from around 4000 courses, over 15 thousand video lectures which are offered by over 4 dozen academic institutions dotted across India. Moreover, the platform is popularly referred to as “Google of Engineering” while customer experience has always been the major focus of those working behind the scenes.
One of the fastest growing EdTech companies gathering fame across the world, as the apps developed by them are found to be pretty interesting and explain the concepts in easier way.
In 2015, they unveiled ExtraMarks Smart Study to help those pursuing study under CBSE board. Besides, for those preparing for IIT-JEE, mock tests are arranged too.
In grander scheme of things, they have forged strong professional terms with over 9K schools, resulting in over 8 million students getting benefitted in online academic study, which is apt in current pandemic stricken world, where schools are mostly closed. Even Mukesh Ambani showed interest and bagged 38% of stake in this company.
Now, they have entered into strong partnership with Samsung, BSNL and Intel to broaden their efforts.
Launched in Begluru by Vineet Dwedhi, this platform is basically meant to help students in finding qualified tutor online. As such, youngsters can easily get the teaching assistance in form of seasoned tutors in any preferred subject, with relevant experience. Besides, as a scale of measuring performance, when any tutor gets more positive reviews and accepts more online teaching assignments, he is more preferred by the platform and students can quickly and easily get the experienced tutor with minimal effort. As of now, hundreds of students from other countries too, have been accessing this EdTech platform to draw online teaching assistance.
Having gathered acclaim for aligning innovation, the EdTech company that simplifies the coding language training for younger kids. All this is done when such learning tutorials are explained in story-telling and gamely format.
In short, young minds get familiar about the tech functions in early manner and the platform pulled great fame in short time, which is clear by the fact that this platform grows @30% every month.
Founded by Mr. Ankit Guha, the platform changed hands within 9 months after its launch and is now controlled by a firm located in US.
A cloud enabled academic platform like an oasis for intriguing young minds when they want to learn about concepts online, using their laptop or smartphone. The venture was set up in 2007 by Harnam Singh and scores of learning apps are also offered by this platform through Google Play Store and Apple Play Store.
It is mostly seen, however, that corporate rely upon this platform in a large number to train their workforce and to help them build skill.
To attend exclusive coding training sessions, live, this is a top EdTech platform to refer to, which assists young minds to get better understanding of digital technology and web development among other things. Moreover, students get a qualified trainer to assist former in training while the cost of such online training schedule is priced at $105.
Gradually, owing to quality and impactful training, which fetched this platform subsequent appreciation, user base has grown in massively both in India as well as overseas.
A prominent EdTech group with strong and wide occupational ties with a lot of academic institutions and which is rightly a treat for those carrying career building through academic efficiency on their minds. Once connected, students can complete academic programs and can get degrees from accredited universities and other illustrious institutions online.
Besides, they have also appointed seasoned career counsellors who provide valuable guidance and then successful students are also assisted in job placements too. An array of courses are on the offer-list, such as MBA in Business, MBA in Law, Software Engineering, Blockchain etc. Tucked in Mumbai, this is hailed to be $102 billion in worth.
Launched in 2015 in Bengluru, one can get access to a bulk of learning material here and video tutorials covering prominent entrance exams or career changing exams conducted by various boards in India, such as UPSC, CBSE, JEE, NEET etc. One is obliged to download lessons in PDF and can also watch videos made by trainers. There are, currently, 1200 teachers associated with this platform as of now and thousands of students across India seeking towering benefit in learning. Some courses are conducted free of cost while for some, nominal fee is charged.
Launched in the country with the devotion of unleashing sublime academic coaching services online to help students from various classes and of various ages, in their studies, this portal sought huge acclaim in a short time which acted like a morale tonic to founder Mr. Zeeshan Hayath, who quickly added more lessons to cover other areas, such as JEET, NEET, CLAT etc.
As of today, there are around 1 crore member-students having registered there. In 2018, Toppr was honoured with Tyton Global Growth Awards, as among the Top 50 International Education Companies. No doubt, there has been a great display of cutting-edge technologies like AI and Machine Learning to determine students’ approach and to cater to their queries accordingly.
Just recently, this platform came into the limelight, when pandemic broke out. This is basically a climate education online centre, where suitable candidates are shortlisted for a 12 week digital workshop, administered by experts. The ultimate objective is to prepare the environmentalists of tomorrow.
Even though, this platform was launched just 5 months back, but still, it has attracted a great sum from insightful investors.
A Delhi based e-learning group set-up by those having spent quality time in top notch institutes such as IIT, IIM and DCE. No doubt, their major aim has been to goad Indian students to involve tech smartness in learning. There are hosted impressive videos, tons of interactive tools for clearing subject concepts and valuable practice material too. Currently, around 1 million students have made their active registration here upon, while over 2500 schools have partnered with the platform and over 50 thousand study modules are also coded with.