India’s education technology industry is poised for explosive growth over the next few years. While the opportunities seem exciting, there are many challenges in connecting Indian startups with investors around the world. I am a Bay Area native, and after studying electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon and working stateside, I realized there were more opportunities to make an impact abroad.
This is when I became obsessed with the potential of technology to make an impact on student learning. Perspectful wants to channel more investment dollars to promising entrepreneurs in India by enabling more risk-tolerant foreign investors to enter the market and make an impact. One of the biggest problems is finding the right entrepreneurs that meet their investment philosophy and are at the right stage for funding. The most well-known education investment firm in India is Sandeep Aneja’s Kaizen, which focuses on later stage ventures to mitigate risk. In April 2013, Atlanta-based Gray Ghost Ventures First Light Fund invested in Sudiksha to build a chain of affordable private preschools. What do you feel are the main challenges to the effective adoption of education technologies in India? In terms of actual tech adoption, the challenges aren’t that different from any other region in the world.
On the flip side, all the buzz and growth potential don’t always lead to positive outcomes. What we’re seeing today are smaller efforts targeted at parents-as-payers, such as after-school tutoring products, informal “educational” (often used more for marketing than actual learning) gaming apps and test prep for IIT entrance exams.
The areas that excite me most from an entrepreneurial perspective are the unregulated markets: preschools (a $2 billion market projected to grow at an annual rate of 40-45%), supplemental tools for K-12 classrooms, tutoring, assessments and test prep. Over the next few years, I think we will see services that empower students to play a more active role in their learning process. It’s an insanely exciting time to be at the front line with such innovative entrepreneurs. Dr Siva Kumari is the 7th Director General of the International Baccalaureate (IB) and the first woman to hold the post. Jude Kelly became Artistic Director of the Southbank Centre, Britain’s largest cultural institution, in 2005.
As Founder of LearnLabs Simon works on systemic challenges in education reform and redesign. With an expertise in the future of schooling, Pasi’s best-seller book ‘Finnish Lessons: What can the world learn from educational change in Finland’ won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award.
A renowned youth advocate for global education, a girl champion and former refugee from Sierra Leone, Chernor is a Co-founder of A World at School. Steve is the co-founder and President & CEO of Classroom Champions, an international award winning education organization.
Burgerman references and playfully questions popular culture in his work by using humour and arresting, colourful visuals. His work has an instantly recognisable aesthetic that exists across a multitude of forms including canvases, large scale murals, sculpture, toys, apparel, design, print and people (as tattoos and temporary drawings). His artworks are collected worldwide in several institutions including the Victoria and Albert Museum London. Commercial collaborations include work with Nike, Puma, Samsung, Pepsi, Coke, Levis, BBC, AOL, MTV and Rip Curl. Taylor Mali is one of the most well-known poets to have emerged from the poetry slam movement and one of the original poets to appear on the HBO series Def Poetry Jam.
Louise leads Innovation Unit’s work in education, including programmes redesigning secondary schools, our partnerships with innovative school providers around the world, and the Coalition for Innovative New Schools. The Center conducts research and convenes leaders to promote investments in high quality media experiences for children. Wendy is co-founder and CEO of Teach For All—a global network of more than 35 independent organizations cultivating many of their nations’ most promising future leaders to ensure their most marginalized children have the chance to fulfill their true potential. Craig Hatkoff is a co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival along with Jane Rosenthal and Robert De Niro. Knewton is the world’s leading adaptive learning technology provider with the mission of personalizing learning so every student is engaged and no student slips through the cracks. Jamira Burley  is the Senior Campaigner for Gun Violence and Criminal Justice at Amnesty International USA. Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. John Merrow is currently Education Correspondent for PBS NewsHour and President of Learning Matters, an independent production company based in New York City. Erick Gordon is the first Innovations Fellow at the Center for the Professional Education of Teachers at Teachers College, Columbia University. Jessica leads the Global Cities Education Network, a network of cities focused on best practice sharing in education.  She writes and speaks regularly on global education, and authored Leading with the World in Mind a study of global leadership with colleagues at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Gavin is co-founder and Chair of Education Fast Forward, a charity that seeks improve communication between education’s stakeholders and accelerate its development. Cathy Lewis Long is the founding Executive Director of The Sprout Fund, a non-profit organization that supports innovative ideas and grassroots community projects that are catalyzing change in Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities of Southwestern Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Leman Manhattan, Jerry was a curriculum consultant and staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University where he consulted in private and public schools across New York City, the United States, and around the world. Social Entrepreneur, Cancer Survivor and CEO of CDI Global, social organization pioneer in digital empowerment with presence in 15 countries and 842 communities. Suzanna Jemsby, who became Head of the Galloway School in 2012, believes that learning can happen anywhere. Bethany Koby is a mom, CEO, designer, art director and maker interested in creating brands, businesses and experiences that help imaging a more positive and collaborative future. Saku Tuominen is a a Finnish entrepreneur, author & innovation expert who has written 8 books and created over 100 tv shows that have travelled to more than 30 countries. Naomi has 13 years experience of advocacy, campaigns, communications and project management in the charity sector, specialising in adolescent girls for the past five years. Oliver has worked as a school teacher, a lecturer in education, and now manages digital education projects for innovation foundation Nesta.
Kati Koerner is the co-chair of the New York City Arts in Education Roundtable, a service organization for arts education administrators and teaching artists in New York City’s schools and communities.
Jake founded Future First in the UK in 2009 and, in 2014, founded Future First Global, dedicated to taking the alumni-volunteering model forward internationally. Pauline is responsible for coordinating and overseeing all guided school group tours for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade, as well as multi-session projects with teachers and students, and school partnerships.
Christopher Wisniewski is the Deputy Director for Education and Visitor Experience at Museum of the Moving Image.
Amelia Peterson – Amelia is currently part of the first cohort of the PhD in Education at Harvard University. Jim is a member of the House of Lords and a visiting Professor at the London Knowledge Lab .
Noah Gordon is the founding English teacher at Special Music School’s high school, where his classes address questions concerning artistry and literacy in the 21st century.
Jari Multisilta is the professor of Multimedia at the Tampere University of Technology, the director of the University Consortium of Pori.
Marilyn Achiron is the Education and Skills Editor at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Clare is a theatre practitioner, playmaker, and performer with roots in circus, queer praxis, and ritual.
Jon also advises philanthropists seeking to improve education, including Michael Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Kevyn Klein is  responsible for customer success initiatives, including community management, product champions, and customer support. Julie Hiltz is a NBCT Media Specialist, a Center for Teaching Quality Teacherpreneur and a National Blogging Collaborative Coach. City-As-School is a non-traditional academic high school that serves over 600 students, ages 17-22, through highly structured internships and interdisciplinary courses.

Teshomech Olenja is a spitfire southern belle from Atlanta, GA, who currently resides in New York City.
Teshomech has always had a passion for the arts, but it wasn’t until she was introduced to Usher’s New Look leadership academy that she found her passion for philanthropy. Johan is co-founder and CEO of DigiExam – the next generation flexible cloud based platform covering the whole exam process and that can be used across all courses and subjects.
Lasse manages the operations at Dreamdo Schools – the platform offering activities and materials to create and share student-driven projects with schools around the world. Maarit is the founder and CEO of Path to Math – the seamless web-based math learning solution for Grades 6-10. Mia manages the Educational application of Plotagon – the creative animation app that develops students’ skills in social emotional learning, creativity and writing.
Fredrik is CEO of Sensavis, the company behind The 3D Classroom – an interactive educator centric software enabling educators to visualize areas often perceived too abstract to be understood easily. Olli is the Pedagogical Expert at SongHi – the digital entertainment platform designed to motivate music learning through gamification.
Information technology studies computer hardware and software, including databases, networks, information systems, and the physical hardware. FierceMarkets - FierceMarkets is a Washington, DC based company that specializes in business-to-business media, publications, and marketing. Oxford University Press - Oxford University Press is “the world’s largest university press with the widest global presence” and has U.S.
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco - Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is a non-profit that runs two separate museums: the de Young in Golden Gate Park and the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park.
Just ask serial entrepreneur John Danner, who co-founded Rocketship Education and devoted a four-part series on his blog outlining the insights from his travels there last winter. Enter Perspectful, a newly launched advisory firm that helps investors make more meaningful and effective edtech investments. In April 2012 I joined Pearson in India as the Head of Strategic Partnerships, where I spent a year working with local edtech entrepreneurs to determine how Pearson could support their work.
Through numerous conversations with investors who were curious about the Indian edtech market, a common concern was being able to identify and support the right entrepreneurs, given their limited travel to this region. We’ve personally spoken with at least 50 of them, with a good majority looking to make investments this year. The latest philanthropic fund is Ashish Dhawan’s Central Square Foundation, which solely focuses on nonprofit ventures.
There have been a few social entrepreneurship pitchfests, and Pearson’s Affordable Learning Fund, in partnership with Village Capital, just kicked off the first education-focused incubator. The case in example is Educomp, which went public in 2006 but has spent the last five years in a downward spiral.
We will see more and more students in India gaining access, via mobile devices, to tools like Coursera and Khan Academy that are better tailored to the Indian culture and context. As an angel investor she focuses on the K12 education space, applying her experiences from Google, Citizen Schools & the Stanford Graduate School of Ed. She has achieved significant results over 25 years in both higher and pre-university education. In the course of her career she has directed numerous award-winning theatrical productions. In this role she sat on the National Advisory Committee for Culture, Creativity and Education (NACCCE), led by Ken Robinson.
He is co-author of ‘Talent Magnets’ a highly practical and acclaimed white paper on attracting, retaining and developing quality teachers. An Olympic gold medalist and three-time Olympian, Steve has been a finalist for the International Champion of Peace Award and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United States Olympic Committee. A four-time National Poetry Slam champion, he is the author of two collections of poetry and a book of essays, What Teachers Make: In Praise of the Greatest Job in the World. Before joining the Innovation Unit, Louise worked as a Senior Researcher at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) on a range of innovative programmes with schools: including Opening Minds, Whole Education and the RSA’s Area Based Curriculum. Her work at Teach For All builds on her experience founding and building Teach For America; after 24 years as CEO, she now serves as board chair. The largest film festival in North America, the festival was created immediately following the events of September 11th to help revitalize lower Manhattan. Kristen builds strategic partnerships with educational content creators, distributors, and other organizations interested in promoting adaptive learning. He is programme director for online learning at TES, creating social courses for teachers in partnership with universities and practitioners.
The CTQ Collaboratory now supports more than 8,300 teachers who have unique opportunities to lead boldly without leaving the classroom. Taub also co-founded and helms its affiliated nonprofit, Friends of Materials for the Arts, which provides teacher training, arts and environmental education, and arts programming residency opportunities. Prior to joining Amnesty, Jamira served as the Executive Director for the City of Philadelphia Youth Commission.
He began his career as an education reporter with National Public Radio nearly 40 years ago with the weekly series, Options in Education, for which he received the George Polk Award in 1982. Meghan Groome is the Executive Director of Education at the New York Academy of Sciences which includes programs for primary, secondary and post-graduate students.
Co-Founder of Sistema B in Brazil and one of the leaders of the global movement of B Corporations committed to use business as force for good.
She was previously Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement and Study of International Education (CASIE), and Head of Atlanta International School (AIS). In 2011 Bethany co-founded Technology Will Save Us – a business dedicated to helping people become more productive and creative with technology through its beautifully designed educational DIY kits for every day life. She additionally works as a researcher for the Global Education Leaders’ Partnership (GELP), as well as for the RSA, for whom she was a co-author of the report Schools with Soul. His research interests include mobile learning, social media, video storytelling, and mobile social video applications. He was a Visiting Fellow at Nokia Research Center on 2008-2009, Nokia Visiting Professor 2012 and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, H-STAR Institute. She was a staff writer at Newsweek magazine and later reported out of sub-Saharan Africa and Cairo for The Boston Globe and BusinessWeek magazine. Explorers Club, and leads Responsive Classroom, Design Thinking, LEGO robotics, and technology workshops for teachers.
She has taught art in New York City schools, district 79 settings, and museums with all ages, abilities and materials.
She was previously a high school history teacher in the Bronx for Teach for America, where she discovered Edmodo. Experienced international education by living in the US and Israel during my school years.  IB Diploma Coordinator, IB Psychology and TOK teacher in the American School of Puebla, Mexico.
She is a technology enthusiast and collaborates with many people to invent new ways to use it for STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math) education. Jane Evans previously worked in academic research at UCL before retraining as a teacher, and is now in her fifth year teaching Biology at Westminster School in London. She works with teachers to personalize their leadership experience by helping them capitalize on their passions and skills. Founded in 1972, the school targets students who have not thrived in traditional learning environments or are at risk of dropping out.
She leads the Digital Education programme which explores innovation at the intersection of technology and learning – both in terms of what young people learn and how they learn. She is a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy,  where she studied musical theatre. Through New Look, she’s discovered ways to make her passion for the arts and philanthropy work together as one.
Nathan’s more than 15 years of pedagogical experience have taken him from teaching elementary English in the Himalayas of Nepal to graduate courses at Teachers College where he is an adjunct instructor.
With DigiExam students use their own laptop while the teacher saves a lot of time and can easily measure and track the students’ learning progression.
The projects last up to one semester, are supported by program sponsors and can be included in the school curriculum.

The service is easy to introduce into the classroom; saving teachers time, while simplifying their transition to modern teaching methods.
The user chooses the characters and scenes, writes a story in the form of dialogue and adds sound effects and music without any need for knowledge of animation at all. The software offers a high degree of realism with the Stereoscopic-3D experience, which includes content in most STEM subjects. The application allows for easy music creation and sharing with no requirement of prior knowledge of music creation.
Because of technology’s presence everywhere, information technology specialists can work in just about any industry. You can earn a degree in a field such as information technology or computer science, or you can hit the books and earn certifications in whatever you’re interested in. Although recent months have seen a slowdown, analysts estimate a growth increase of up to 7.5% within a year.
I recently caught up with one of the founders, Shabnam Aggarwal, to learn more about her take on the Indian education ecosystem.
A year later I moved to India to work with a professor from Carnegie Mellon to build English games on low-cost mobile phones for children in rural areas. And even after the investment, support for entrepreneurs require more hands-on attention that can’t come from Silicon Valley. These two firms are just the tip of the iceberg when you think about the increase in VC investments and actual dollars going into education over the past decade. Building, recruiting and creating processes for that type of growth is a daunting task, so Josh is in Hyderabad right now working with that team.
We don’t have centralized systems for teachers and educators to connect, streamline systems and share best practices. There is huge potential for products on the Android platform for teachers, parents, administrators to manage and improve learning outcomes. Despite the fact that the adoption numbers for its most touted edtech product, Smart Class, grew from 100 to 6,550 schools in 2012, net profit margins have fallen 61% in the last four years. And companies such as FunToot can show a 20% improvement on learning outcomes at that cost.
Rubin (Cathy) is the founder of CMRubinWorld and the co-founder of Henmead Enterprises, Inc., She is a best-selling author, a journalist and editor, an executive and entrepreneur in the fields of publishing, film, television, video and education. In April of 2012, Mali completed a 12-year project of convincing 1,000 people to become teachers and marked the occasion by donating 12 inches of his hair to the American Cancer Society.
Prior to this Louise worked and studied in the field of refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons. In 2010, Craig created and curates the annual Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards in collaboration with Professor Clayton Christensen [with whom he is Co-founder of the Disruptor Foundation] Craig is Chairman of Turtle Pond Publications LLC, a private entertainment and media based company. Knewton has partnerships with 22 education companies in 19 countries, including Pearson, Sesame Workshop, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and more. He joined the Times Educational Supplement in 2002, and spent a decade in journalistic roles (including becoming its deputy editor) before switching to the technology side and leading the creation of the popular TES magazine and TES Jobs apps. Barnett is a former classroom teacher, think tank analyst, senior state education agency bureaucrat, and university professor.
Jamira is also co-chair to the UN Global Education First Initiative, Youth Advocacy Group and co-founder of GenYNot. He is a board member of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations and works with governments and corporations to develop appropriate strategy and policies for innovation, learning and education.
With a 20 year career in education, Suzanna has also worked in schools in London and Frankfurt.
His company Scool is  an educational development company that  helps schools change by creating innovative concepts that enhance creativity, curiosity and co-operation.
Before joining the Whitney’s Education department, Pauline worked at the Rubin Museum, where she ran the high school and college programs and also worked in school and teacher programs. A published author and instructor at New York University, Wisniewski has spoken nationally and internationally on media education, museum education, and digital media and learning. She is the founder of goldpennyloafer, a thoughtfully made food company and organizer of the Journal Square CSA.
There, she was raised by her single mother, Pamela and is a proud graduate of the New York City Public Schools. Currently responsible for the IB Educator Network Department for the IB in the American continent. As Programs Manager at Mozilla Hive NYC Julia works with more than 70 cultural organizations to create new learning pathways and innovative educational practices for youth, educators, families, artists, technologists and more. Her research interests over the last few years have focused on how to encourage pupils to develop their creative thinking skills in the science classroom, and what we can learn from the global community about harnessing the learning opportunities offered by practical work.
She is now working towards starting a talent agency in her hometown, Albany, Georgia, to help provide more opportunities to the youth, who otherwise, might not have had the opportunity. The learning theories stem from the PISA-award winning Finnish education system and makes for a flexible, personalized and fun learning experience.
You should also be able to keep up with new technologies by picking them up quickly and regularly. The mobile industry is slated to be the second largest market by 2016, and half of its 1.2 billion people are under the age of 25. This acquisition also included the subsidiary company, Edurite, a school management company that provides private schools with services to revamp infrastructure, technology, and teacher training. I don’t know anywhere else in the world you can achieve that kind of cost-benefit ratio in education for the poor. Her award-winning syndicated blog, “The Global Search for Education,” brings together distinguished thought leaders from around the world to explore the key education issues faced by most nations.
She is responsible for the vision and management of education and public programs encompassing a range of educational experiences and live arts performances designed for a diverse cross-section of audiences. This experience means that Louise has strong interests in inclusion, diversity and social justice, and the impact of education reforms on the most vulnerable communities.
His two books, TEACHING 2030and Teacherpreneurs: Innovative Teachers Who Lead But Don’t Leave, frame a bold vision for the profession’s future. His coauthored books include Professional Capital which received the Grawemeyer Award in Education for 2015 and Uplifting Leadership, with Jossey Bass, 2014. In 2012, he became the first journalist to receive the prestigious McGraw Prize in Education.
Groome is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry and the Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous National Science Foundation Grants.
He also served on the steering committee to develop the New York City Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in the Moving Image. After Sadye graduated from Oberlin College she became a teaching artist and later the Lead Community Organizer and Special Assistant to the, then Public Advocate Bill de Blasio. The model has been replicated in over 50 schools across 14 European countries and is linked together via the International Network of Experiential Programs and Schools. During his academic career, Ketamo has specialized in Cognitive Psychology of Learning, Complex Adaptive Systems and Game AIs.
He was one of the authors of the book “Openness and Education” edited by the United Nations University and European Learning Industry Group. He has published over 80 international peer-reviewed research articles and had more than 100 presentations on his studies in international forums. Jon is currently serving on the Visiting Committee to the Harvard Graduate School of Education and on the Aspen Institute’s jury for their Prize for Community College Excellence. He is a board member of New Leaders as well as Be the Change and its Opportunity Nation initiative to increase economic mobility in America.

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