We often think about learning new things and get some skill training during our free time, but searching a good trainer is a hard and tedious process. Offering a solution to this, a Mumbai based startup, Brainygainy has developed an online portal helping people to find available classes in their close vicinity to learn something new.
The startup also acts as a community marketplace allowing housewives and other individuals to convert their skills/hobbies into a business and earn few extra bucks.
Founded by Akansh Agarwal and Tushar Agarwal, Brainygainy allows students to review the competency level of the tutor and other people’s reviews about a class and its teacher before enrolling to a particular program. One can enrol for a class and pays through the payment gateway available online.
Free for students to enroll, the startup takes a commission fee of 20% from the teachers on every student enrolled and thus monetize to keep the model sustained.
Only working as a connector between teachers and students, the classes take place offline. However, Brainygainy has plans to operate online classes through its platform in future. Until then the portal works as a mere search engine to locate skill trainers with recommendations from other people.
Founded in Feb 2013, the startup has over 30 subscribed students with more than 150 daily unique visitors. The portal offers more than 100 classes and trainings programs like drawing, dancing, fitness, guitar, photography etc.
Other players working in similar field includes Skillhippo, Skillspace, Gyaanexchange and many more. However the company claims that it provides end user with complete review of each class including hand videos of the classes so that students can have a look before enrolling for the same – as its USP.
“There is a need of developing such portals where teachers can market their class. Anybody can be a teacher given that he/she is a master of that skill. Currently we operate only in Mumbai which has a population of around 3 crore. Even if only 10% audience connects with us and enrol for a class of Rs 1000, we have a market capital of 300 crore. We are planning to go pan-India level which has a great opportunity.” added Tushar Agarwal, founder at BrainyGainy.