HOW I GOT MY STARTUP IDEA

AT SCHOOL, WE OFTEN DON’T KNOW OUR REAL APTITUDE

The company:

Vidyartha The idea: An online platform to help build academic profiles of students through data-insights and aptitude tests

How it struck:

Indian School of Business alumnus Priya Mohan was a financial auditor. In her role, she interacted with entrepreneurs, helping many to raise funds. “Their train of thought excited me,“ she says. Inspired, she debated on a few ideas for herself and chose education. “I took science in school. But I felt if I had access to data about my skills, I would have tried something else.“

When it started:

March 2011

How it started:

In late 2010, Mohan teamed up with her husband’s friend Navin Balan to start Vidyartha. They spent six months chalking out a business plan. “We spent a lot of time in Domino’s and coffee shops.“ The big break came when a Hyderabad-based school decided to partner them in 2011.

Now:

Vidyartha partners with over 2,000 schools and has created profiles for over 2 lakh students. CBSE has asked it to develop online aptitude tests.

WE FOUND SCHOOLS WERE NOT FOCUSING ON CONCEPTS

The company:

3Dexter The idea: Experiential learning by integrating 3D printing tech with school curriculum

How it struck:

Raunak Singhi and his friends were sitting in a tuition centre when they noticed two students cramming definitions. “When we asked one for a definition, he gave us a thorough definition, but when we asked him the concept behind the definition, he couldn’t answer.“ Singhi started 3Dexter to enable students to understand concepts better.

When it started:

June 2015

How it started:

Singhi got together with six of his friends from school and they spent 6-7 months researching the idea. They did a threemonth trial in a Delhi school which ended in February 2016. In April, they went live.

Now:

3Dexter has tied up with several schools in Delhi, Gujarat and Mumbai and leading school boards. It recently received Rs 1 crore from Ica Edu Skills, a training organization.

The Times of India (Delhi)

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Author:

Neeraj; an entrepreneur & a visionary in the field of Railway, Defense & Automobiles, is a graduate in commerce and a Harvard Business School Alumni. He’s an expert in govt. liasoning & contracting and has an exceptional network & connections at both local as well as global level. He’s an expert in Market Strategy & Planning and has served number of overseas companies as an advisor/consultant. He takes a profound interest in upcoming startups & is very receptive towards ground-breaking ideas & innovations. He likes to brainstorm those ideas and if the values & philosophies matches; he is even ready to invest his resources, serve as a mentor or act as an incubator to futuristic businesses.

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