Shirsa Labs, an edu-tech startup has raised $250,000 angel capital funding through ah! Ventures. The startup will use this round of funding to strengthen its team further.
Founded in 2013 by Sukhada Tendulkar and Mandar Desai, Shirsa Labs uses online engagement platform “Planet of GUI” to entertain and educate children mainly in the age group of 6-13. The deal was advised and syndicated by ah! Ventures. With its product the startup is eyeing at the entire global market.
Shirsa Labs is Indian content driven engagement learning platform for kids. It aims to stimulate the intellectual and learning skills of children by using a healthy combination of online and offline interactive methods. It has multiple games, worksheets, videos, DIYs which engages kids and boosts their cognitive learning.
The company offers a customized program in which every child undergoes a free assessment and is provided with a detailed report on his / her cognitive profile. This program is scheduled for kids to play 30 minutes a day and 3/4 times a week. A detailed quarterly report is sent to the parents to help them monitor child’s progress on the platform.
The startup has over 70,000 registered students, access to over 2,000+ schools and content sharing partnership with the likes of NatGeo, Discovery and others.
India has over 100 million students enrolled in K1- K8 which is almost 20 to 200 times that of US and UK respectively. Besides, evidence of increasing enrolment in private schools in rural India – from 18% in 2006 to 25% in 2011 to over 30% today – is proof enough that even rural India is exploring newer and innovative avenues of teaching and learning. In the larger context of children’s growth and development, there is a huge open space for startups where they can create significant value for children, parents and educators.
Shirsa will be the second edu-tech startup in recent times that ah! Ventures has helped raised capital for apart from iDreamCareer. Previously they have also invested in many other edu-tech ventures like LogicRoots, TestBook, uFaber and Harness Handitouch.
ah! Ventures is in the process of closing 3 more deals in the coming weeks.