Let’s disrupt Education with the new wave of EdTech Startups

While the traditional model of schooling is being practiced for a long time now, there exists a perennial calling for reinvention. In the current decade, when education is not just restricted to the walls of the classroom, students require new mediums of teaching and deliverance. As maximum of us might agree, the world has increasingly become virtual and a lot of learning happens in the internet space. Students are now actively leveraging websites and apps in their search for excellent tutors.

While the Government has chosen to side-line these possibilities with marginal investments, it’s the Edtech startups that are changing the face of education in India. In last two to three years, a lot of startups have come up in this space offering the students innovative and engaging ways to learn.

Helping students at each phase of their journey be its online courses in various fields, career advice, preparation for competitive examinations, or other digital learning formats, including interactive games, learning management systems, and hands-on learning methodologies; Edu-tech startups in India are merging education with Virtual Reality tapping technology to change how education is perceived.

Over the past few years, the Indian tech scenario was dominated by e-commerce companies. The year 2015 witnessed the shift in focus of the investors to Edtech. By the third quarter of 2016, EdTech came up as the most capital intensive sector in terms of funding. So here is the list top 10 Edu-Tech Startups in India in no particular order.


An e-learning startup in India focusing on primary and secondary school education and founded in 2015 by Byju Raveendran of Think and Learn Pvt Ltd., who himself was a teacher for various competitive exams, Byju app has acquired more than 3 lakh annual paid subscribers. Making learning easy for the students is Byju’s objective.


An Ed-tech startup providing a new age college search portal that allows students to explore educational courses and colleges across India, College Dekho was founded by Ruchir Arora in 2010. CollegeDekho is helping students to search, apply and prepare for higher studies.


A division of Applect Learning Systems that caters to the learning needs of students for classes IV-XII from CBSE, ICSE, and leading state boards, This Edu tech startup from Delhi was founded by Pavan Chauhan providing high-quality study material & tests for specific exam requirements.


India’s leading education marketplace, EduKart, founded in 2011 by Ishan Gupta and Mayank Gupta, is offering education seekers a platform to choose and enroll from 2000+ courses in degree, diploma, certificate, entrance coaching and K12 categories helping students and professionals to enhance their skills through certification programs.


One of the leading certification training providers, Simplilearn, based in San Francisco, California and Bangalore, India, provides online professional courses in disciplines such as Cyber Security, Cloud Computing, Project Management, Digital Marketing, and Data Science.


Effectively personalising education using technology, Toppr caters to the individual learning styles of candidates preparing for various school and board examinations and scholarship tests.


Aiming to be the world’s largest online knowledge repository, partnering with the brightest minds and creating lessons on every possible topic in multiple languages, Unacademy was founded in 2015 in Bangalore using technology to empower great educators and create a community of self-learners.


A Ronnie Screwvala’s vision, Upgrad has been successful to catch up very fast with the emerging edu tech space in India since July 2015 empowering professionals to reach their full potential through industry-relevant online programs.


Curated exclusively for the interaction of various companies/industries and the student community and bridging the gap between the two, GigIndia aims at increasing the employability in India and in turn, enhancing the overall productivity and efficiency of an organization whilst becoming India’s Largest student network.


Talentedge, the first startup to bring ‘Live & Interactive’ anywhere learning in digital format, it offers courses jointly with world-leading institutes and corporates enabling working professionals to plan their future course of action and fast track their careers.

Aiming to provide better coaching in their chosen subject domain, these edtech startups are helping in cracking academic entrance examinations while some others aim to provide various non-academic courses. The journey hence has just begun.

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