Announcing EduStars 2013 – The premier ed-tech conference of the year


YourStory is thrilled to announce the culminating conference of EduStars – our campaign to recognize education startups - on December 6th, 2013 at GINSERV, Bangalore. Read on…

Indian education startups are definitely all set to change the country. With its 1.2 bn population, 50% of which is below the age of 24, India offers a wealth of opportunities for education startups. According to the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2012, 96.5% of all rural children between the ages of 6-14 were enrolled in school but there are huge question marks on the quality of education. In 2012 nationally, 53.2% of all children in Std. V could not read a Std. II level text and 46.5% could not solve simple two-digit subtraction problems. This throws up major opportunities in the K12 space.

Test preparation seems to be even more lucrative, with 14 lakh aspirants applying for the Joint Engineering Entrance (JEE) – main for 2013, against a total of 9,885 seats across the 17 IITs. Similarly, 7.5 lakh medical aspirants appeared for National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) in 2013, against a total 31,000 medical seats across 271 medical colleges. And these numbers look like just a drop in the ocean when one looks at the potential for skills development, be it for semi-skilled/ vocational training or more focused training programs for corporate professionals.

With the advent and inclusion of technology in education, terms like experiential learning, virtual classrooms or skills based training are the talk of the day. The number of education startups in all the verticals – content creation, collation or delivery, skill development and training, experiential learning, social network for students/job seekers, hardware supporting educational needs, mobile apps etc – have been increasing tremendously in the last few years.

In our mission to Inspire, Innovate & Ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship, partnered with Intel and Accel Partners to launch the 2nd edition of its annual event – EduStars. The 3-month online campaign sought to identify, recognize and support some of the most interesting and impactful startups, which are going to be the next sparkling stars in the education industry. As in 2012, EduStars 2013 has received a tremendous response. Over the last two months we selected 10 finalists with Learning Outcomes! and KNOLSKAPE grabbing the EduStar of the month title in the respective months. With the last round of applications left to be screened, we are very close to finding the top emerging education startups of the year 2013.EduStars 2013 will culminate with an exciting finale conference. With the who’s-who of the education startup space, interesting keynotes by Sachin Kelkar, Head - APAC Scale Programs at Intel and Anand Daniel, Principal at Accel Partners, innovative ed-tech startup pitches, deep dive panel discussions and an opportunity to network with like-minded individuals, EduStars will be the ultimate ed-tech conference of the year.

Buy your tickets now to meet the best of the Indian minds working on enterprising the Indian education sector at EduStars 2013.


Time: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm


2:30 - 3:00 Registration

3:00 - 3:10 Welcome Address

3:15 - 3:30 Investments in Education (Anand Daniel, Principal at Accel Partners)

3:30 - 3:45 Looking ahead: Technology for Education (Sachin Kelkar, Head - APAC Scale Programs at Intel)

3:45 - 4:30 Panel Discussion on Getting to Scale in Education & Q&A

4:30 - 5:00 Presentations by Top EduStars

5:00 - 5:15 Awards Ceremony

5:15 Onwards Networking & Tea

For any queries or more information, get in touch with 9900844990.


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