VCCircle Education Investment Summit 2015
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When it comes to education, there really are two Indias. There is an India, very urban with a huge concentration of educational institutes across primary, secondary & higher education. Add to that are a clutch of services, such as formal coaching classes, test preparations and distance learning initiatives; the availability of EdTech, be it digital content, online tutors, assessment tools & more. It is mostly private and for-profit.
Then there is Bharat, which struggles with quality, affordable education. Working at this chronic issue are large corporate groups, trusts and multi-lateral agencies, all working hard to track, deliver and improve the quality of education being delivered to the masses. It is a mix of private and public entities, all aiming to provide socially inclusive education.
While technology is starting to play a pivotal role in bridging the two Indias, it is increasingly clear that the private sector will need to step up in both scenarios to help deliver quality education to ever larger number of Indians.
With rise of Internet & the spurt in mobile usage, affordable and accessible quality education now seems ever more within India’s grasp.
It is in this context that VCCircle announces the 6th edition of VCCircle Education Investment Summit, on November 26 at The Westin, Gurgaon.
The Summit features the best and brightest in India’s quest for improving education: sector experts, those working on social agenda for education, Edupreneurs looking to disrupt delivery of education through technology, leading entrepreneurs, marquee investors as well as industry consultants & advisors.
• Breaking the Policy Logjam: Developing a conducive policy framework – A lack of clarity and clear policies have resulted in a lot of ambiguity, keeping many potential private players from assuming a larger role in educating India. What policies can balance these sometimes competing interests to create transparent and collaborative policy frameworks? How can public policy lead to more new and well meaning entrants transform education in India?
• Completing the Jigsaw: Integrating Formal and Informal Education – The formal K-12 and Higher Ed segment, along with informal vocational and coaching education have always operated as two silos without an effective knowledge transfer or handoffs. Can these two sectors collaborate? What are the benefits of integrating the two with an aim to help students in their professional growth and aligning them with jobs? What could this mean for entrepreneurs and investors in both sectors?
• Primary Education: Tracking quality v/s accessibility – With lot of initiatives focussing on making universal education accessible and affordable, who is keeping an eye on quality? Who is mapping student outcomes to provide inputs to new initiatives and policies? Are they empowering students and adding value to their endeavour? What are shortcomings and what needs to be done to fill these gaps? Can there be an effective model to assess quality outcomes?
• Unlocking potential of K 12 education in India: Enhancing quality & Infrastructure – One of the major issue in the k-12 segment is the lack of physical infrastructure & dissemination of quality education. Besides, the regulatory framework has made it difficult for private players to make foray into this segment and consider this as a viable business proposition. Can effective partnership models be explored to unlock full potential for this segment? How can large PE players be brought into the fray? Lastly, what role can Edtech play in improving delivery of quality education
• Higher Education-what needs to Change – Higher education in India has been long plagued by the lack of quality world class institutions. In the current scenario the institutions fitting this criteria is way too less making it difficult for majority of the students to seek the desired levels of knowledge. What is keeping the major chunk of private sector away from higher education? How can the private sector partner the government in creating such institutions of reckoning, what are the models to be explored? Is the lack of definite policy framework the sole reason for sluggish witnessed in this segment? Besides, Can can tie-ups with renowned international universities bring the mojo back to this segment?
• Vocational Education: Skilling India’s human capital – Vocational education has been a major contributor in developed countries, providing good quality of human capital. That somehow does not seem to be the case in India, despite several initiatives. On one side, lack of opportunities and placements has made vocational education loose its sheen in India, while issues pertaining to certification and quality have long persisted. How can private players help resolve these issues?
• Growth of utility-based education – With increasing demand for education to be in sync with the demands of industry, utilitarian education is slowly gaining traction. and a number of products have come up to provide students with values stimulating their professional growth. The concept of just-in-time learning and learning on-the-go outside regimented frameworks have also emerged. How can this segment become more mainstream, assisting formal education at large?
• EdTech: Transforming the way India learns – The emergence of technology-based education services and products has gained sizeable traction with a number of VC Investors showing renewed interest. What are these tech-based products and services and how are they different? What are the values they bring to the table in terms of quality? Have they been successful in breaking into the formal K-12 segment? How are they fairing in the informal space? Can Edtech product and applications provide an effective alternative to issue of reach and affordability?
• Some of the edtech segments spotlighted include
– Learning & Assessment
– Online Tutoring
– Digital Content
– Test Preparation
– Management tools for education
• EdTech: If you fund it, will it scale? Indians spend a fortune on education and yet the massively fragmented business of eudcation has left investors scratching their heads. What bets might work? What sectors are avoidable? Who is taking the bets and who might prevail?
This is a curated platform where select companies in the education sector will get the opportunity to showcase their innovative products and services to the impressive gathering at the summit. If you think you want to showcase your company at this platform please fill up the nomination/application form or write to [email protected]. To fill up the nomination/application form please click here.