Singapore has repeatedly been placed in the top 5 highly ranked countries in the world related to educational outcomes. EdTech industry has been growing rapidly and Singapore itself has seen growth in this sector. According to Shivanu Shukla, CEO, and co-founder of EdTech firm Teamie “EdTech in Singapore has evolved. In the early days, it was limited to online content access. Today, EdTech has grown to include learner data analysis, gamification, social learning, and personalized learning solutions to help students learn more efficiently”. There are many opportunities for aspiring entrepreneurs to capitalize on EdTech’s growing demand both within and outside the country’s borders. Those looking to start an EdTech venture in Singapore stand to benefit by establishing themselves as early as possible before the field gets saturated. EdTech is a maturing industry in Singapore that is exploding with opportunities. As learning moves beyond the classroom, EdTech applications in Singapore will appeal to increasing segments of the community as they embrace lifelong learning. It is up to us to provide personalized, targeted solutions that enhance their learning experience.
With so many startups in the EdTech industry, we’ve put together a list of exciting startups to keep an eye in the coming years. Each doing amazing things in their own right, here we present Top 10 Singaporean EdTech Startups to explore in 2021.
XSEED is engaged in providing an academic program for schools for developing thinking and problem-solving skills in students. It provides training for teachers, provides children with practice workbooks and ‘MAX’, a weekly digital learning class in science and maths. The XSEED program has reached around 2 million students and has active 300 teachers. The XSEED method has been implemented by 3000 schools across India, the Philippines, Dubai, Riyadh, Qatar, Nepal, and Oman. It has even partnered with the Royal Education Council in Bhutan.
Cialfo is a developer of a student management program that aims to manage the applications of students for boarding schools, undergraduate and post-graduate programs. It helps the independent college counselors, private organizations, and high schools to manage their overseas college application process, thus giving a chance to the counselors to automate workflows, improve student and parent engagement and simplify team collaboration throughout the college planning process. It is a cloud-based resource planning management solution provider for schools. It has 10000 users in more than 40 countries including China, India, Singapore and aims to have 100 million students using the platform by 2025. Investors are Seed Capital, Loy Teik Ngan, Vulcan Capital, Enterprise Singapore, January Capital, Bisk Ventures, DLF Venture, Alto Partner (Singapore).
3. Knowledge Platform
Knowledge Platform is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading ‘next-generation learning solution companies’. It provides holistic learning solutions to the students in the form of strategy, content, technology, and support. It provides e-learning and blended learning training programs for educational, corporate, and government companies. The content of the company includes videos, games, assignments, clickers, and assessments. Games like Mind Tussle are included which helps in training of the brain. It also has Factor Monster, which is a maths learning platform. It has been working in 20+ countries and has instructor training programs in China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Qatar, Singapore, and Brunei. It has 1800 courses developed since 2000, has 500K learners, and has trained 3700+ teachers up to date.
Amdon provides interactive content and inquiry-based pedagogical resources. It provides learning content and solutions for science and engineering, personalized learning expertise. It develops digital teaching resources and implements training programs for both students and professionals globally. It has been listed as the “10 Most Promising Education Technology Solution Provider in 2016”. It has more than 80 employees and has offices in Singapore, the US, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Myanmar.
Tigerhall is defined as the knowledge-sharing platform which aims to attract people towards success. The platform connects users with influential people via in-person, podcasts, power reads, and personal mentoring sessions, thus helping users to reach their personal and professional goals. It directly links the brightest minds in the industry to ones aspiring to become one. Its app is available for both Android and iOS. Investors are Taurus Ventures, XA Network, WDHB, Sequoia Capital, Paladigm Capital, Surge (Accelerator). Funding Received of USD 4 million.
Gnowbe is a mobile-only microlearning app that is available on both Android and iOS. It provides bite-sized content i.e., 10-15 minutes per day, and has experiential learning actions using multiple media like peer-to-peer learning, personal reflections, team chats, videos, articles to enhance more deep learning. It believes that learning should be done through practice and application. One program normally takes 10-15 minutes a day and on average of 1-2 months. Companies also use this app to empower employees by developing engaging, interesting, and informative content through culture and morale. It has a SaaS platform and last year launched a digital content library of micro courses, to which 15000 individuals have registered.
Tueetor is a discovery platform for tutors. It provides a platform where students find tutors and trainers based on subject, level, qualification, experience, budget, location. The experts available are for academic subjects as well as nonacademic subjects like sports, art, music, dance. The source of revenue for Tueetor is the T-pak, which is provided free for the first mouth to Tutors to manage tuition, and then a subscription price is charged. It has increased its platform from 500 tutors to over 16000 tutors up to date. More than 50000 students use it per month and it is available in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Investors were Noppadon Narittakurn and iGroup. Funding Received worth USD 1.5 million.
Teamie is an online educational platform which aims to teach the power of collaborative learning in school, colleges, and universities. It aims at working and learning together through structured social networks. It helps in creating a network between students, teachers, parents, management and helps in learning by providing the required tools. It provides online quizzes, grade books, content sharing, and features like online classrooms, study groups, bulletin boards, and locker rooms. It is a cloud-based platform that is engaged in improving the learning process by understanding what the end-users demand. It is developing apps for both Android and iOS. Within 2 years of its formation, it had reached the benchmark of 500000 users. It has customers in South East Asia, Hong Kong, and Australia and users across 10 countries in Asia Pacific.
Geniebook is an online, assessment -led learning tool that provides a powerful way to improve and sharpen the academic performance of the students. It provides a digital platform for students to learn, where it can identify the weak areas of the child and then work upon them by generating the targeted questions. It covers subjects like Maths, English, and Science and gives the platform to the students to improve their speed by practicing questions at their own pace. It serves more than an100000 users. The team of Geniebook is diverse and has over 200 people with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Indonesia. Investor is Apricot Capital and Funding Received worth USD 1 million .
10. ACKTEC Technologies
ACKTEC Technologies is an operator of virtual reality platforms which aims to provide professional development to the teaching staff, educators, and trainers. It uses augmented reality, AI Virtual Assistance, AI Predictive Analytics, and 3D animation to give an engaging experience full of learning for the corporates and training institutions. It has products that include “ACKTEC Learn” which aims at providing a learning platform, “ACKETC Class” which provides a learning management system, and “KQwest” which provides an online training marketplace. It has over 705000 active learners of different industries like transportation, education, and finance in over 16 countries.
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