EduGild, an ed-tech accelerator run by the Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Pune, has selected five startups for its fourth batch, it said in a press statement.
The selected startups will be a part of a 4-6 month-long business acceleration programme, followed by an extended 12-18 months of relationship building. EduGild will offer the five startups access to co-working spaces, product life cycle management support, organisation development inputs, business landscape, investor relations, UI/UX maturity, PR strategy and global scale-up opportunities.
Launched in June 2015, EduGild mentors and guides ed-tech startups on starting a company, pitching to venture capitalists, business management, customer acquisition and marketing, among other things.
“The uniqueness of this batch is the diversity of the startups, which range from robotics, artificial intelligence, overseas education consultants, virtual labs and creative learning to film, TV, performing arts, and design,” said Rishi Kapal, global strategist and chief executive, EduGild.
Here is a quick look at the selected startups.
Founded by ISB alumni and former Microsoft employees Sharat Konatham and Sirisha Munagala, Edvantics helps institutes and students across K-12 and higher education by managing quality and improving faculty productivity. Its flagship product, HEDNext, brings together institutes, students, campus recruiters, and skill providers to benefit from AI-based recommendations.
The company offers services to international students to help them settle in a foreign land. The app displays information about on-arrival processes, social networking-based value-added services, student specific product marketing, and e-commerce shopping experience. The startup was founded in 2015 by engineering graduate Harshad Walhekar.
Founded by IIM Kozhikode and IIT Madras alumnus Goutam Srinivas, Musein is a learning and mentorship community for people interested in film, TV, performing arts, and design. It also provides online courses developed by experts. Mentors provide guidance through consultation sessions.
Vidya Robotics (Pune/Aurangabad)
Vidya Robotics is developing a host of educational robots for children’s edutainment. Its products claim to enhance STEM skills in children above 8 years of age. The robots and kits help children receive an early exposure to technology, coding and electronic hardware. The Aurangabad-based firm was founded in 2016 by Amit Rana, a design professional.
The company runs a collaborative online learning platform that provides on-the-go, virtual labs for students, teachers, and universities. The startup was founded in August 2016 by BITS Pilani alumni Sahil Arora and Bhavesh Pandey.
From EduGild’s previous batches, startups such as Simulanis, Gradopedia, Classboat, Ahhaa, YoScholar and ProctorEdu have already raised funds.