Shikho’s Live Classes will focus on expert teaching and interactive learning methods
Bangladeshi edtech startup Shikho, and Teachmint, India’s largest teaching platform, on Tuesday announced a partnership to deliver classroom solutions to students in Bangladesh leveraging Teachmint’s live class technology infrastructure.
This partnership comes as part of Shikho’s new Live Class offering, launching later this year powered by Teachmint’s Video-as-a-Service (VaaS) offering for edtech organizations across the globe, said a press release.
Dhaka-based Shikho is building a hyper-localized digital learning ecosystem for Bangladesh and is dedicated to democratizing access to a high-quality education in the country.
Shikho’s Learning App is approaching 100,000 downloads on the Google Play Store and provides students with Bengali academic courses that include affordable digital resources and tools to help them succeed in national board exams.
This includes the ability to understand material visually by engaging with on-demand animated video lessons; practicing learning by solving a large bank of in-app questions with detailed solutions; reviewing summarized ‘smart notes’ that include definitions, formulae, proofs and ‘hacks’; tracking performance and progress using data analytics on a real-time basis; and finally, by attending live classes with expert educators who have years of teaching experience.
Teachmint is a mobile and video-first teaching platform which has helped over 10,00,000 teachers in India digitize their classrooms over the last one year.
Their proprietary video technology, built entirely in-house, is highly optimized for low bandwidth use and distinctly customized for educators with features like live classes, recording and storing lectures, automated attendance, polls, automated notes creation etc.
"Teachmint has had a phenomenal year of growth, transforming the edtech landscape in India. We are excited and look forward to forging a long-term partnership by leveraging their live class infrastructure to launch a new dimension of learning opportunities for students in Bangladesh," said Shahir Chowdhury, co-founder and CEO of Shikho.
"Our focus for the coming months is to assemble a high-caliber team, accelerate product development and continue building strategic partnerships at home and abroad to further our vision for revolutionizing learning in Bangladesh," he added.
“In the last two years, Shikho has put Bangladesh’s edtech ecosystem on the global map. We are delighted to partner with them to support their mission of making education more accessible and affordable in Bangladesh," said Mihir Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Teachmint.
"Through our robust proprietary technology stack, we are empowering all education providers - teachers, schools, universities and now even edtechs - to transform the learning impact of their students across the globe," he added.
On July 28 earlier this year, Shikho had completed a $1.3 million seed round of financing, the largest round raised by a Bangladeshi edtech startup yet.
The round was led by Anchorless Bangladesh, a New York-based early-stage venture capital firm dedicated to Bangladesh, and LearnStart, the seed fund of Silicon Valley-based edtech investment specialists Learn Capital.
It also had participation from Southeast Asia-focused venture capital firm Wavemaker Partners and Ankur Nagpal, founder and CEO of a leading American edtech called Teachable.