Photos: 12 startups that are disrupting education
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EduKart is a New Delhi-based company that has recently received a lot of funding. It’s India’s leading education marketplace that offers more than 2,000 courses to get degrees and certificates in a variety of industries. It was founded in 2011, and there is now a global community of more than 15,000 students.
Simplilearn is a provider of professional certification courses that works with companies to address unique educational needs, particularly with business and technology courses. There are more than 2,000 trainers, 250 courses, and 40 global accreditations to choose from. Simplilearn offers online classes and self-educational courses.
About 300 coaches work for Inside Track to help students of all ages reach their potential by providing hourly counseling services. At the colleges it works with, it has raised graduation rates by about 15%.
Piazza is an easy-to-use question and answer platform that is used at 1,000 schools in 68 countries. It was started by a woman who went to school for computer science in India, who was too shy to ask her male colleagues questions. She started Piazza for all the students, male or female, who want questions answered but don’t want to ask them aloud, so they ask online to their peers later.
USEED is a crowdfunding platform for higher education. It enables students, faculty, and alumni to raise money for the educational initiatives they care about the most. It makes fundraising more interactive and social by allowing people to be more personal with their fundraising campaigns. Right now, the company is looking to schedule demos with students and universities.
The Minerva Project
The Minerva Project is reinventing the university experience for undergraduates. It’s an elite university that incorporates “reinvented curriculum, rigorous academic standards, cutting-edge technology, and an immersive global experience.” In 2013, the project established Minerva Schools at KGI, an accredited four-year undergraduate institution.
Udacity offers online courses and nanodegrees to become web developers or data analysts. Nanodegrees help people master skills so they can apply for particular jobs in demand in the tech sector right now. Companies can also use Udacity to ensure their employees have the most up to date skills.
EdX offers free online courses from the world’s best universities, like MIT, Harvard, Berkeley, and more. Most of them are self-paced, and offer subjects such as creative problem solving, programming, and management accounting.
Quizlet offers simple learning tools to help you study for free. There are flashcards, tests, and study games in all kinds of subject areas, and you can access them via smartphone apps or on your computer. There’s also an awesome live map of what people around the world are studying at any given time.
Rafter was made for course material management. It’s cloud-based software that students and institutions use to find more affordable textbooks, and a technology platform designed to manage physical and digital content for campuses. Basically, Rafter is trying to create the campus of the future.
CreativeLive aims to help people unleash their creative potential by offering free livestreamed course in photography, art, video, design, and more. To save the courses for later, viewers can pay to download them. They can also interact with instructors and the CreativeLive community.
Coursera is an educational company that offers online courses from universities. More than 13 million people use it to take courses in a variety of fields, from cryptography at Stanford to social psychology at Wesleyan.