The number of edtech entrepreneurs is steadily rising in India. The edtech market has been a promising one, as it provides immensely profitable opportunities in return for nation-building services. The prospects are set to increase as the education sector is evolving.
This development has been instigated by edupreneurs (edtech entrepreneurs), and it is imperative that we share their names, so more edupreneurs are motivated.
Byju Raveendran is the founder of Byju’s, a popular freemium learning app. He graduated from a Government Engineering College in Kannur, Kerala. His parents were teachers.
Byju Raveendran is not your average IIT-IIM man, but has surpassed thousands from the lot with his unicorn. The company is hoping to reach Rs 1,300 crore revenue mark next year.
Shantanu Prakash is perhaps India’s first edupreneur. He founded Educomp Solutions in 1994 to digitize schools with the help of computer labs. The company is known for its edtech products, ranging from educational content to toys, interactive media, smart hardware, and more. Shantanu Prakash’s last noted net worth was $ 920 million.
With Educomp, Shantanu Prakash single-handedly brought on India’s edtech revolution.
Unacademy’s founder, Roman Saini, is an MBBS, an IAS officer, a motivational speaker, and most notably an educator. He served as the Assistant Collector of Jabalpur before creating Unacademy, an online edtech portal that helps civil service aspirants prepare for competitive exams.
Sneha Sheth’s Dost Education is a non-profit organization that creates and delivers pre-recorded audio curriculum for parents to help them with their children’s early education. The curriculums are made keeping in mind the varying literacy levels in tier-III and tier-IV cities. Sneha Sheth is an alumnus of The University of California and University of Texas.
Sachin Ravi is the co-founder of Walnut Knowledge Solutions and the head of its business development. His company conducts quizzes across the country using edtech tools. Their aim is to nurture curiosity and creativity in the young students with the help of quizzes.
Ali Asgar Kagzi
Ali Asgar Kagzi is a London School of Economics alumnus. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is passionate about impacting lives of theirs through the power of education. Ali Kagzi found Genext Students in February, 2013.
Ali Kagzi’s company offers doorstep quality home tutors along with online and offline proprietary content. Genext Students’ estimated annual revenue is $2 million.
Vamsi Krishna is the CEO and co-founder of Vedantu, a leading online tutoring company that creates a platform for online live lessons. An alumnus of IIT Bombay, Vamsi Krishna has also founded Lakshya Institute, a renowned test preparation brand in North India. Vedantu’s annual revenue has been projected to be $2.7 million. Lakshya Institute makes more than Vedantu by $1.2 million.
Plastic Water Labs co-founder Baskar Ethiranjan is an MBA from Indiana University, USA. His edtech startup is currently working on virtual reality to make learning fun and interactive. When a lot of edtech companies were avoiding VR due to the risk and research associated, Baskar Ethirajan focused on bringing something new to the table. Baskar is also the co-founder of Indiastage, a portal for performing arts tickets in India.
Mohammed Hisamuddin founded Entri, a test preparation edtech platform that connects teacher and students from all over India. More than 700 teachers and 2,50,000 students have been associated with Entri. Mohammed Hisamuddin’s brainchild is a part of LearnLaunch, a leading EdTech accelerator situated in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He has also co-founded SMSGYAN, which was featured in the finals of DFJ-CISCO Global Business Plan Competition 2009.
Saurabh Arya is the Founder and CEO at TotSmart Education, an edtech venture that personalizes preschool education with their app- Pedron. TotSmart Education has been featured in Forbes and has enjoyed the support of Unitus Ventures Seed Fund. Saurabh Arya is an IIM Indore alumnus.
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