Women leading the edtech brigade in India

Women leading the edtech brigade in India
In light of International Women’s Day, we’re championing five women who are smashing the glass ceiling and changing the face of EdTech.

Women all around the world show their vigorous side to take steps that were once known to be a men’s forte. Now things are changing and Today’s woman is a ‘Superwoman’ who is breaking all the stereotypes and the conventional style and is managing everything single-handedly. They are enjoying her own identity, power, beauty, and satisfaction. Today, to achieve success and fulfil their dreams, women go the extra mile to become superwomen by going against the predefined norms and following their passion. Being cerebral is a must for those who are working women and experience both work life and family life together

Although the EdTech industry is still a male-dominated world, women are muscling their way in to get their piece of the pie. According to one study, 30% of education start-ups have at least one woman on their founding team – nearly double the number of companies started by women in other tech sectors.

In light of International Women’s Day, we’re championing five women who are smashing the glass ceiling and changing the face of EdTech.

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  1. Daphne Koller – Co-founder of Coursera

Stanford University professor and female EdTech pioneer Daphne Koller transformed the world of online learning when she founded Coursera back in 2012. Now she’s hoping to do it again with her new education platform Engageli. Promising to reimagine the world of EdTech, Engageli is a purpose-built platform, designed from scratch and set to rival the old lockdown-faithful Zoom and Google Meet.

Whereas these platforms served a function during the pandemic, Daphne wanted to create something from the ground up, specifically designed as a virtual classroom for higher education. With smaller virtual tables, built-in note taking systems and brand-new ways of executing quizzes – she may have just cracked it.

  1. Sonya Hooja, COO & Co-founder of Imarticus Learning

Sonya Hooja, Chief Operating Officer and Co-founder at Imarticus Learning plays a key role in developing and implementing business strategy, directing business development, and recruiting top talent. In her career of over 12 years, she has been involved in strategy development and project management roles across diverse industries such as financial services, education, tourism, public sector and pharmaceuticals. In 2012, she co-founded Imarticus Learning along with Nikhil Barshikar with an aim to make aspiring professionals in the financial services and analytics domain fully equipped with the necessary skills to excel in their careers. Realising that professional skill development and training was the ideal solution to address India’s workforce shortcomings, Sonya along with Nikhil started Imarticus Learning. And in the times of Covid, they have launched placement-centric programs like the Income Sharing Agreement model, Placement before Admission, etc supporting and helping job seekers.

  1. Anushree Goenka, Namita Goel, and Jyothika Sahajanandan, Co-founders, Spark Studio

Bengaluru-based startup Spark Studio hopes to give equal footing to extra-curricular learning in India’s education space. Its founding members Anushree Goenka, Kaustubh Khade, Namita Goel, and Jyothika Sahajanandan are of the firm belief that such activities can go a long way in shaping a student’s creative and cognitive abilities.

The platform offers courses in music, speech and debate, as well as visual arts for children between the ages of six and 15. Having raised its first round of investment from Better Capital last month, it is now focused on building a seamless user experience and scaling the team.

  1. Anusha Mahalingam, founder or LeddonLeap

Mumbai-based LessonLeap offers live courses in extracurricular courses like public speaking, honing language command skills, and writing by engaging students in fun activities. Founded in October 2020, it was born out of Anusha Mahalingam’s concern for her two daughters when they could not continue extracurricular activities due to the lockdown. She then teamed up with her best friend and batchmate from Harvard Business School, Deepti Sahi, and targeted students from kindergarten to the sixth grade. Starting up with an undisclosed pre-seed funding round from Berlin-based Point Nine Capital and four angel investors, half of its team is based out of The Netherlands.

  1. Shikha Mittal, founder of Be Your Own Shakti

Delhi-based serial entrepreneur Shikha Mittal’s latest venture is an edtech platform called Be Your Own Shakti, which offers women-centric courses such as how to deal with domestic violence, sexual harassment, and financial literacy, among others. After building an awareness enterprise with Be.artsy for over a decade, Delhi-based entrepreneur Shikha Mittal has forayed into the burgeoning edtech market in India.  It aims to offer unique courses, including financial literacy course for women called Be Your Own Lakshmi as well as courses on other topics such as sexual harassment, domestic violence, and emotional intelligence.

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