HashLearnNow, an on-demand mobile tutoring platform, has emerged as the winner of the third edition of StartEdu competition, organized by Unitus Seed Fund and Sylvant Advisors. HashLearn has won of $7.5K (INR 5 lakh) and got a chance to pitch to Unitus Seed Fund for a seed investment of upto $151K (INR 1 Cr).
StartEdu competition is Unitus Seed Fund’s pan-India education startup competition which identifies, mentors, incubates, and invests in the most promising growth (in-revenue) and early (pre-revenue) stage startups that are committed to serving 20 crore Indian families living on under $303 (INR 20K) per month.
For 2015 third edition competition, the shortlisted participants were mentored by incubators which had participated in Unitus’ Speed2Seed Program. This is made possible in part through a global development agreement with USAID. The most promising early stage (pre-revenue) company is to be given an opportunity to receive ongoing mentoring and incubation support from one of Speed2Seed Accelerator Partners.
The top 10 finalists had pitched to a panel of experts in Indian education startups, including Madan Padaki of Sylvant Advisors, Srikanth Iyer formerly of Pearson Education, Anand Daniel of Accel Partners, Alok Mittal formerly of Canaan Partners, and Will Poole of Unitus Seed Fund.
Here are the details of the winners and shortlisted startups: