The COVID-19 pandemic has been a disrupter in economic growth, social interactions, learning, and development. This situation however has led to a huge opportunity in innovations across:

Education delivery models in India
Shifting priorities in education to make India future-ready

Education and Skill Development in NSA 2021

Startup India wants to recognise outstanding innovations and innovators in the Indian education sector; by not only ensuring education delivery via innovative methods but also looking at other avenues of holistic learning. In this regard, it will equally place a heightened emphasis on human beings’ capacity to create and innovate in the face of rapid change and complexity.

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Education and Skill Development



Education and Skill Development | Access To Educational Institution

Thinkerbell Labs Private Limited


Thinkerbell Labs is a tech-driven organization building innovative, accessible solutions to make Education inclusive. Their focus is to create products that help improve learning outcomes for the visually impaired. They envision a society where the visually impaired are independent and play a more significant role in society. Their flagship innovation, Annie, is the world's first braille literacy device that helps visually impaired people learn to read, write, and type in braille on their own in any medium of instruction.

Product Summary

Annie is the world’s first braille literacy device that helps the visually impaired learn to read, write, and type in braille on their own through interactive audio-guided content. This technology will enable self, collective and competitive learning, ease homework delivery and evaluation, and easily track progress. The entire proposition is exceptionally scalable as the content is available in local languages (both braille alphabet and medium of instruction) and can be monitored remotely. The analytics suite ensures that it is horizontally scalable (can reach and include multiple students). At the same time, the variety of available content makes it vertically scalable (enrich the experience of each student).


“In the district of Ranchi, lives of visually impaired children are being improved with the braille smart class”

Shri. Narendra Modi Honorable Prime Minister Of India

“The kids are loving it. As teachers, we are able to supervise many kids as they learn at the same time. Also great support by Thinkerbell Labs team to ensure smooth functioning”

Mr. Rauvish Kumar Headmaster, Harmu Government Blind School, Ranchi, Jharkhand

“It is very interesting to play and to learn reading, writing and typing on Annie. Annie helps me to know more about Braille. I love the commands of Annie. It encourages me a lot”

Jeevika Braille Learner, Jyoti Seva Home For The Blind, Bangalore, Karnataka

Government Recognition/Partnership

Thinkerbell has partnered with the Government of Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Uttar Pradesh for their Blind education programs.


Education and Skill Development | Access To Open Education

Study At Home Private Limited


Study at Home Private Ltd. is an e-Learning platform that doesn't require the internet. Users can operate video lectures entirely offline with excellent video & audio quality with low fees. The platform is accessible on all devices such as laptops, desktops, tablets & mobile. The user need not be computer savvy as they provide a straightforward & user-friendly interface.

Product Summary

They offer e-learning, i.e. book and video lectures on pen drive or Google Drive, of India’s best faculties, to learn in the comfort of their home without internet. This enables them to qualify for professional courses like CA, CS, CMA, and entrance tests like JEE, NEET, and competitive exams like Banking, SSC, Railways, etc.


“I took the advanced accounting classes from study@home. It was a really great learning experience. With their support and guidance I was able to score well in advanced accounting and clear my CA Intermediate exam”

Shweta Jaiswal


Education and Skill Development | Teacher Training

Square Panda India LLP


Square Panda is an EdTech organization that resonates with the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan and is committed to impacting millions of children and educators across grassroots levels in India by innovatively using educational technology.

Product Summary

Through their initiative, Aarambh, they work with government schools, communities, and organizations across the grassroots levels to provide foundational learning and educator empowerment programs by leveraging cutting-edge EdTech. They are committed to creating an ecosystem that holistically transforms the Indian early education space using educational technology by upskilling Anganwadi workers, empowering pre-primary and primary educators, and providing foundational learning to children.


“Square Panda has disrupted the whole scenario, with its research-based system wherein the child learns not just ABCD, but also learns how to pronounce and read them as well”

Dr. Jawahar Surisetti (Advisor to Government, TED Speaker, Smart City Consultant, Start-Up Mentor, Psychologist, Bestselling Author, Speaking Tree Columnist)

“Square Panda India took the lead in interacting with teachers, bringing thousands of them into their platform, and most importantly, guiding them through their training and development models”

Lt Col Sekhar (Soldier Educationist, Leader, Trainer, Mentor)

Government Recognition/Partnership

The startup ran programs for Government Schools of Chhattisgarh.


Education and Skill Development | Toys as a Learning Resource

Unnati Educare Private Limited


Luma World is a K5 education company that combines the world of education with games and toys to create unique child-centric experiences and promote holistic real-life skill development. It helps children acquire essential life skills, core academic skills & moral values in a fun and engaging manner. The multi-format, hands-on learning makes academics easy to learn, understand, master and apply.

Product Summary

Their product range consists of a 4-in-1 educational integrated kit, engaging hands-on Board/Card Game, interactive apply books that focus on maths' practice & application through real-world themes, gamified flashcards for instant revision and learning reinforcement, visual, conceptual guides, DIY activities & more. All their products are currently intended for children of age six years & above and can be used as tools by educational institutions, private tutors, and parents to help drive engagement and improve conceptual learning for all kinds of learners.


“I really liked the Luma concept very much. Samir, my younger son and me played Guess the Fence game many times, and just did not want to stop. He learned about 2D shapes and its properties really quickly thorugh the game, books and flashcards”

Rajesh D'souza Father of a 9 year old

“My wife and I find it really tough to get our children off the iPad or phone. We even had to impose strict rules like no tech on the dinner table. With Luma, our kids not only enjoy every bit of the playtime but also help each other with startegies and ideas”

Neeli Raheja Mother of an 8 yeor old

“As a parent of a special needs child, I finding resources that engage him or even tend to his learning pace and choices is very tough. I also find it very tough to interact and provide”

Smita Sinha Mother of a 10 year old


Education and Skill Development | Vocational Training

Nexrea Private Limited


Nexrea created the first Augmented Reality (AR) based product demonstration for GE Healthcare in 2016. Since then, they have been delivering happiness to Global Top 10 MedTech companies with products ranging from small devices to large equipment.

Product Summary

Nexrea develops Augmented Reality apps (AR/VR) for training, education, and skill development. Using their AR apps, the healthcare workforce in Tier 2 & Tier 3 cities of India can use the medical devices, maintain them, troubleshoot them without expert help. They can also understand various medical procedures using simulated experience. Their NexPro Platform with Process Automation reduces the overall development time and cost by 20%. Their Precision 3D Technology improves the accuracy of the incident by 20%. Hence, their innovativeness stems from technology and the ability to deploy high-end technology at an affordable price.


“I like the way NexRea always comes to us with the latest of technologies catering to our needs”

Gaurav Agarwal IITPL

“Job well done. Amazing team!”

Sameer Singla Johnson & Johnson

“Always approachable.
Very committed team”

Shankar Venkatesaperumal GI Healthcare

Government Recognition/Partnership

T-Hub, a Government of Telangana Initiative, supported Nexrea.

All Finalists

Name of Startup Category City State
addictive learning technology private limited Access to Institutional Education New Delhi New Delhi
fusion klassroom edutech private limited Access to Institutional Education Mumbai Maharashtra
incassable technologies private limited Access to Open Education Gurugram Haryana
KS smart solutions private limited Access to Open Education Chennai Tamil Nadu
tactopus learning solutions private limited Access to Open Education Bengaluru Karnataka
school wizard private limited Access to Open Education Ernakulam Kerala
infusory future tech labs private limited Teacher Training Thrissur Kerala
indian leadership academy (OPC) private limited Teacher Training Bengaluru Karnataka
mahattattva educational advisory private limited Teacher Training Gurugram Haryana
godiscover interactions LLP Toys as Learning Resource New Delhi New Delhi
next skills 360 edtech private limited Toys as Learning Resource Hyderabad Telangana
imagimake play solutions private limited Toys as Learning Resource Mumbai Maharashtra
nerdnerdy technologies private limited Toys as Learning Resource Gurugram Haryana
jumpball eduventures private limited Vocational Training Mumbai Maharashtra
dynami technologies private limited Vocational Training Bengaluru Karnataka
anwesha composite education foundation Vocational Training Vadodara Gujarat